He sat in the back of the classroom. Kept to himself. Brought his lunch in a brown paper bag.
Every day he pulled half a sandwich from his bag, and a small piece of bruised fruit…. if he was lucky.
Every day he folded that same brown paper bag up and put it in his backpack to take home.
It wasn’t unusual to see him eyeing the leftovers so many kids in his class were carelessly tossing away.
Kids made fun of him because he was the tallest in our class. And because he was quiet. And because his clothes were often dirty and unkempt. But do you know what he really was?
It took me almost a quarter of a century to understand that.
His name was James. James wasn’t a statistic. He had a story. What he didn’t have was hope.
It is easy to tell you there are 16 million kids in this country just like James. The greater challenge: getting the average person to know, to understand, to care. It is hard to care about numbers, but it is equally hard to ignore emotion, to ignore stories… to ignore the idea of HOPE.
And when HOPE and STORIES are delivered through music, the result can be magic. At least that’s what these Country Music stars at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards told me on the Red Carpet before hearing the World Premiere of ‘Here’s Hope’ – the song Con Agra Food and Child Hunger Ends Here HOPE can motivate us to make a positive change.
Little Big Town and the children’s choir received a standing ovation for their version of Here’s Hope. You can hear Jewel’s version on Child Hunger Ends Here (it will play automatically when you click through to the site).
How can you help? I’m so glad you asked. There are three versions of the song available. When you purchase a participating Con Agra Foods brand, look for the ‘code’ on the back of the package. Enter the code at Child Hunger Ends Here, and download Here’s Hope by one of three artists: Jewel, Owl City or Jay Sean.
Each time the song is downloaded, Con Agra Foods will make a monetary donation that will provide one meal for a hungry child.
I HOPE the music, the song, the stories motivate you as they have me….
Disclosure: I have a long-term relationship with Con Agra Foods and Child Hunger Ends Here. This relationship exists because I am passionate about the problem of Child Hunger, so all opinions and stories shared are mine and mine alone.