There’s no getting around the fact that growing kids need healthy food, but too many of them simply don’t get enough. Sadder still, many children don’t feel they can ask for help or even talk about going home to empty cupboards.
As a mother of six, Champale Anderson knows just how much the average child puts away each day. So for the past five years, she’s done what she can to make a difference in her neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri.
What she does is pretty incredible! Every day, she packs up to 100 sack lunches with kid-friendly items like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fruit, veggies, juice, cookies, and other goodies. She’s also issued an “open door policy.”
In other words, any child is welcome to come over before or after school to receive one of the snack bags and talk with an adult, no questions asked or requirements given.
Champale even manages to make the experience fun for them! “They get off the bus, and they just take off running because they never know what I have in the bag,” she said. “I switch it up. Sometimes I give them special treats… for my special babies.”
Champale’s initiative has been so successful that she’s hoping to expand to other struggling communities. She’s looking for donations to continue her daily acts of kindness and help as many children as possible.
“It makes me proud, and I want to keep going,” Champale said, adding that she’ll sometimes do more for kids who come all the time.
Champale lives by a motto first said by Mother Teresa: “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across waters to create many ripples.” These are wise words, and ones we should all take to heart. Champale’s goal to help one child at a time until a whole neighborhood is fed reminds us how important small steps are on the path of kindness. We don’t have to change everything to make someone’s life better!
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