Helping Others

BY MARIN LISSY

Farmer Foodshare welcomes a new blogger: Marin Lissy loves to cook with her family and friends, and enjoys sharing delicious healthy recipes. When she's not balancing sixth grade academic activities, Marin enjoys reading, playing guitar, biking, and spending time outdoors.

 

In December, peoples’ minds aren’t far from the thought of charity, and giving. I always love reading stories about valiant people who go to great odds to help the least of us. Here are a few inspiring stories.

Even small acts of kindness are contagious. This can start in the most unexpected places, including a coffee shop drive-thru line. People occasionally buy the drink of the stranger behind them. Often this is a catalyst for a chain reaction where everyone in line is buying a drink for the person behind them.

During the summer of 2014, in Canada, specific customers were invited to test a new ATM model. Little did these people know that this ATM was not an automated teller machine! It was an automated thanking machine. A single mother was granted some gifts that she couldn’t believe. After receiving $1,000 checks for each of her children, as well as a family pass to Disneyland, the mom was touched and near tears. A lucky Toronto Blue Jays fan was gifted with his favorite team’s attire, and got any baseball fan’s ultimate dream:  he was invited to throw the first pitch at a home game!

Giving food is another generosity, and even better, fresh food! In 2008, when Charlotte resident, Robin Emmons, discovered that 72,000 people in her community lack fresh fruits and vegetables in their everyday diet, she went to work. Emmons turned her entire backyard into a garden so she could distribute fresh produce to people who needed it. She has grown over 26,000 pounds of fruit since she started. Locally, Chapel Hill-Carrboro’s HOPE Gardens provides a learning experience for college and highschool students to serve their community and learn life skills. If you don’t want to rip up your entire backyard, you can start your own mini garden, or even rent a plot at a local community garden. 

These examples of charity are a motivation to all of us to help others. How can you help organizations in your community?  Donations are always a great way to help. Consider doubling up on your non-perishable foods to give to a local food bank. Non-profit foundations benefit from monetary contributions that assist them in continuing their service to the community. In the Triangle, there are multiple hard-working organizations such as Farmer Foodshare that serve the community in countless ways. And, it makes you feel good, too. Don’t forget to do your part, and keep them on your holiday giving list!