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Help me reach my goal!

The past few months I have been thinking of a way that Josh and I, along with our daughter (and future Thye kiddos for that matter) could help the community we live in on an annual basis.  I toyed around with a couple of ideas until the past week something hit me.  I heard about the Arizona Hunger Campaign at church.  I did some reading and found out that the state as a whole is trying to fight child hunger by gathering 5 millions pounds of food in one year.   When I heard about the reason behind this campaign my heart sank.

“Over 1 in 5 children in Arizona is food insecure, and many folks in our neighborhoods are choosing between buying food and paying for other necessities such as rent or clothing. Food needs at large local food banks have increased 75 percent in the last two years.”

Children are going hungry because pantries are literally empty.  I know the economy is awful right now, but that means that we have more people in need than ever.  I mulled it over for a few days and came up with an email I sent to all my close friends.  I want to never forget where I came from.  I want my family to be a part of helping other families too.  So I have set a personal/family goal to contribute to the cause.  The email had such an amazing return that I thought I would share it with you guys.  Please feel free to email me at jen@imonievents.com for more information.

Dear Friends-

This email comes to you with a very broken heart….

Recently I had a girlfriend try to volunteer her family at a food bank for Disney’s “Give a Day, Get a Day” promotion only to find out that they literally have no food in their pantry.  Then I was at church this weekend and was informed of a state wide push to fill the pantries called The Arizona Hunger Campaign.  Their goal is to make sure no child goes to bed hungry.  You can click here to readore about it.

To be very vulnerable with you all, since my pride is much less important than this cause, I have very vivid memories of walking to food banks when I was a kid.  My mom was an single mother who worked two jobs to make ends meet.  But some months she fell short.  If it wasn’t for food boxes, my mom would have to endure putting us to bed with growling tummies.  As a mom now, I can’t even imagine that scene without breaking into tears.  My mom was one strong lady though, so I am going to be just as strong, and bold.

So, I am asking for your help. I personally want to make a difference in this Arizona Hunger Campaign.  But I would love your help!  I need your help! You can help two ways.

1.  You can buy any of the following items:

Peanut butter & jelly
Spaghetti sauce & pasta
Canned meat such as Tuna or Chicken
Canned fruit & vegetables
Cereal
Canned soup
Macaroni & cheese
Rice
Boxed meals (like Tuna Helper)
Canned meals (chili, Spaghetti Os, etc.)
Boxed desserts (instant pudding, gelatin, brownie mix, etc.)

2.  You can donate money by sending me a check.  I will go shopping as the money comes in.

The goal of Arizona Hunger is to raise 5 million pounds of food in one year.  My personal goal is to raise at least 1000 pounds of food in the next two weeks.  Huge goal, but I know we can do it.  In addition to what I am going to donate already, I am going to match whatever you donate to this cause.  Dollar for dollar, can for can.  This means a lot to me.

This issue ways very heavy on my heart, but I am hoping the next two weeks will change lots of lives for the better, including yours.  Thank you in advance for playing your part!

If you would like to help out please email me at Jen@imonievents.com.  I will coordinate either a pick up or give you my address so you can send in a chaeck.  I also encourage you to find ways to gather more food than you could come up with.  Kimberley Jarman Studios has already come up with their creative way to gather more items (in addition to what they have already donated personally.)  If you do something like this, tell me.  I will make sure I touch base with you about picking items up for the food banks.

Thank you all in advance for what I can only imagine will be an amazing out pour of support for our state’s children.

Hugs!

Jenni

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