Last month I talked about how Hickory Farms helped with our friendsgiving and how it’s always been a part of our holiday tradition. It was a wonderful evening filled with food – like the new dark and white chocolate peppermint bark from Hickory Farms, fun, laughter, and most importantly the people we care about. As we’re getting closer to Christmas – just days away, I want to talk about something important, something close to my heart.
It’s hard to imagine sitting at a table filled with food, family, and friends knowing that there are children and families that can not afford to do the same. I remember one Christmas, I was about 12, the pipes in the house we were living in somehow burned and burst through the walls, wetting and flooding our entire apartment. We lost so much, what made it worse was that two years before our house burnt down right before Easter. It was a very tough time for us.
I remember my mom not only working at the coat factory but also at the long stay hotel were staying in. She did this so that she can save enough money to get us out of there and into a new apartment – in a better part of town. I remember sitting down in the little kitchenette in our hotel room and my sister and I were eating the dinner that my mom made – it was just beans and pasta. I remember her making sure that we ate, but to this day I don’t remember seeing her chewing, or seeing a bowl in front of her. SHE WENT HUNGRY so we did not!
I think that these experiences is what led me to want to volunteer, help charities, pick angels off a tree, donate, etc. I knew that there were good people in the world, because they were there when my family was in need of them. These friendly faces came in all shapes, colors, backgrounds – well you get the picture.
As an adult, I see these children – children who don’t have adequate food – who depend on the school system to eat their breakfast and lunch – but then what happens on the weekends? What happens on school breaks? Their parents are working hard, and probably can’t make their appointments or scheduled dates at the food bank. It’s hard, and it’s devastating – and dammit children shouldn’t have to go through this. Children shouldn’t have to go hungry!
If you’re still in the spirit of giving, I also want to point out that Hickory Farms is a supporter of the U.S. Armed Forces. The company provides year round complimentary shipping on select products to military addresses across the globe to ensure families can send loved ones warm wishes and a favorite taste from home. So go on, buy the Party Planner Gift Box, send it to a soldier you know and help support No Kid Hungry!
While you’re in the spirit of giving, please consider this charity while gifting something delicious!
May your holiday be blessed with friends and family from near and far.