Avon has long since been a company that strives to make lives better through fighting breast cancer, promoting women’s entrepreneurship, speaking out against domestic violence, and voicing women’s equality. This year Avon took it another step and provided food to those in need during COVID-19. Particularly for children, who often face hunger when money is tight. Already Avon has donated $2 million+ to Feed the Children. Each dollar will go towards giving food to someone who could really use it. I know that it is the time of year where you see all sorts of charities. It’s the time for giving. You can do it all year round but it’s during the holidays in particular that most find it hard to get a meal in. I have met people who had children that were in need of food. I have helped donate food to shelters and bagged lunches for other school kids. I have left a small amount of food and a drink to a young man I found sleeping in a spot away from the eyes of my store’s camera. I didn’t bother to wake him or tell anyone about it. I could tell he had been without a home for a while. So, in the midst of being overrun with ads and flyers and bell ringers, remember that many companies, like Avon, are helping to raise awareness. Because though 2020 has been a year for the books, helping someone out, no matter what time of year, is a huge gift anyone can give.
I won’t go too deep into my personal knowledge of how I am well acquainted with children needing food. But I will say that there is a strong stigma about feeding those in need. I’ve seen people make the worst comments. Some I won’t repeat here but let me give it to you honestly. Things happen. even when a person tries their best to prevent it, things happen. Kids do find themselves in the middle. And they have no control over that. Many have parents that have fallen on hard times. Many have parents doing their best and one thing after another pile up, making it even more difficult to know that there will be food for dinner or breakfast or lunch that day or the next. 2020 is no exception and for some, it’s something they may have never experienced until this year. Kids shouldn’t have to worry about when they get to eat or if they have to skip a meal. Granted, this happens a lot in other countries. I am not saying who has it worse. Only that it’s a global ordeal. Let’s not argue about who comes first. It’s not a competition. Simply helping a child or their family eat is what counts.
When I was younger, I bagged lunches for other kids my age at my school. I lived in California and I enjoyed bagging and counting lunches. I don’t recall how many lunches we bagged that year. I do have a yearbook but I would have to find it to see how many we did. I do recall it being mentioned though. But I lived in Bakersfield, California. I am not sure if they still do the program where kids help bag lunches for other kids. But I enjoyed doing it. I did it during my math class. I think we had several times where we did it and all the kids pitched in. We sometimes would meet in the cafeteria and the tables would be lined with bags. No names on them. Just bags. We would put apples and sandwiches and juice boxes in the bags. I think other things like fruit roll-ups but I can’t recall. It was over 20 years ago. It was my first experience in giving back to the community I lived in and I won’t forget doing that. I will never think that it didn’t matter. Because at one point in my life, I needed help to make sure my kids had food when times got tough. So, I appreciate all the effort people in these organizations put into helping feed kids.
About Feed the Children
Though you may look into who Feed the Children are as an organization, I feel it necessary to write about who they are anyway. They started their mission to feed children a little over 40 years ago. They work throughout the US to distribute food and much more to community partners. They also help internationally. In countries like Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Their reach isn’t just to partners giving out food. They also provide classroom items and help teachers with teaching supplies. The work in providing help during disaster relief. They do so much and for as long as they have been around they have helped a countless number of kids and teachers and communities to thrive where they need it most. Even military families. If you go to their website they have a 5-year plan as well. I like reading plans because it gives you such motivation to help meet that goal.
There are a lot of charities that I could mention. One being Covenant House which I see ads for every year. Geared to helping teens from all walks of life. I do want to encourage anyone to look into them as well. Since this reminds me of the young man I found that one day. He couldn’t have been older than 20 years of age.
This year, this time of year, give back. Go to my page and click on the button to donate. A minimum of $10 is all that they ask for. It’s up to you if you want to give more. Avon cares and I am so happy to be a part of a company as a representative that wants the best for everyone through any charity that we partner with. You never know who you might be helping. It could be that kid you’ve seen around town.