A Donor's Story: Food For The Poor Shares the Gift of Giving

Mike Walker (L) helps his brother, Steven Walker (R) who had both of his legs and hands amputated this spring after contracting a life-threatening infection. Steven traveled with their mother

Mike Walker (L) helps his brother, Steven Walker (R) who had both of his legs and hands amputated this spring after contracting a life-threatening infection. Steven traveled with their mother, Barbara Gilbert, to Jamaica to help with the construction of the Celebration of Life School in St. Catherine through Food For The Poor in July 2011. Steven plans to return to Jamaica in 2013.

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COCONUT Creek, Fla., (Nov. 16, 2012) When Food For The Poor Executive Director Angel Aloma was invited to write a blog entry for the Huffington Post as part of the #GivingTuesday initiative, he thought right away of a donor who has experienced both tribulation and triumph this past year.

Dozens of bloggers representing charities around the world were asked to write about a project or person who has been a source of inspiration for a special series focused on #GivingTuesday. Starting Nov.1, and for the next 30 days, bloggers including Food For The Poor, will use the Huffington Post as a venue to share inspiring stories.

Longtime donor Barbara Gilbert rejoiced at the completion of one of her Food For The Poor projects for the poor in Jamaica, but just weeks later was thrown into despair when she was told her son’s body was being assaulted by an infection and amputation of his limbs might be the only way to save him.

Read her story of the cycle of giving.

“We have many donors who support this international development and relief agency, but Barbara is one of those donors whose circumstances in life give new meaning to the cycle of giving,” said Aloma. “One of the most valuable gifts we can give our families, friends and to our neighbors is the commitment to work together to make this world a better place.”

Food For The Poor is one of nearly 200 nonprofits invited by InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations, to take part in an initiative this holiday season where the act of sharing will take on a new meaning.

On November 27, 2012, #GivingTuesday will use the power of social media to create a national movement around the holidays dedicated to giving. For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website www.givingtuesday.org, Facebook page www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday or follow the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter.

Food For The Poor, named by The Chronicle of Philanthropy as the largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry 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.

Contact:
Wanda Wright
Food For The Poor
Public Relations
954-427-2222 x 6079
wandaw@foodforthepoor.com