Children's Savings Exemplify Power of Sacrifice
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (July 6, 2010) –Bake sales, birthday savings and pet-sitting jobs are just a few ways six siblings in Rome, Ga., worked together to build a home and latrine for a destitute family in Haiti through the international relief and development organization, Food For The Poor.
“Over time, the savings did add up,” said Kelly Warner, the children’s mother. “They have worked very hard and have sacrificed a lot to send this money, and I am so proud of them.”
“This is what Christianity is all about,” said Robin Mahfood, Food For The Poor’s CEO/President, before he personally called to thank the family for their generous sacrifice.
“Food For The Poor is our favorite charity, and we are so happy to have finally achieved this specific goal,” said Warner. “It gives us tremendous joy to be able to help another family who needs a home.”
Mahfood credited the children’s mother for setting an extraordinary example of faith, forgiveness, and trust in God’s unconditional love for the family.
The Warner children encountered several hardships during the three years they sacrificed to raise money to build a new Food For The Poor home and latrine. Family circumstances and a serious financial situation caused them to lose their home, and transition from being homeschooled by their mother into attending public school. Despite these challenges, the children chose to persevere. They met their fundraising goal of $3,100 and are excelling in their scholastic studies at Coosa Middle School and Garden Lakes Elementary.
The family learned about Food For The Poor’s ministry when a guest priest at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marietta, Ga., described the dire living conditions of the destitute in developing countries. The Warner family currently attends St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Dallas, Ga.
Food For The Poor, the largest international relief and development organization in the United States, does much more than feed millions of hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian agency provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 96 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor. For more information please visit, www.FoodForThePoor.org.
Jennifer Leigh Oates
Food For The Poor
954-427-2222 x 6054