Tuesday, October 1, 2013

30 Abes

We had such a fun and rewarding weekend and I can’t wait to tell you all about it {and for once my excitement had nothing to do with furniture}!  On Saturday, Chad, Sophie and I participated in the 30 Abes event here in Nashville. 

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30 Abes is a food packaging campaign created by The Bobby Bones Show in partnership with Numana and TEEMHaiti {the charity founded by BBS cohost, Amy}. 

30 Abes represents 30 cents, which is the cost of one life sustaining meal. For 30 cents, Numana can provide a meal of rice, soy, beans and a vitamin pack. Also, included in the 30 cents is the packaging and international shipping of the food.  The goal of the 30 Abes event was to break the world record for the most hunger relief meals packaged in an hour by packaging 500,000 meals.  The meals will be sent to the Maison Des Enfants De Dieu orphanage in Port-au-prince, Haiti {an orphanage that has stolen Amy’s heart}. 

As soon as I heard about 30 Abes, I knew it was something we wanted to be a part of.  Chad and I seized the opportunity to use this event to teach our oldest daughter, Sophie, about gratefulness and philanthropy.  We learned about the orphanage and watched several videos together.  You could see the sadness she felt for these sweet orphans and how excited she was to help them through the 30 Abes event.  I am so thankful that we served as a family.  What an amazing gift to see humanity in action and pure joy on your 6 year old’s face. 

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Well, we did it!  2,000 volunteers came together to set the new Guinness World Record by packaging over 530,000 meals in under an hour.  In addition to providing meals for Haiti, the event also raised over 2,000 pounds of non-perishable food items for the 2nd Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

One of my favorite moments came at the end when Amy presented a plaque of the Starfish Story to the directors of the orphanage.  I’ll end with this picture and the story.

A young man is walking along the ocean and
sees a beach on which thousands and thousands
of starfish have washed ashore. Further along
he sees an old man, walking slowly and
stooping often, picking up one starfish after
another and tossing each one gently into the

“Why are you throwing starfish into the
ocean?,” he asks.

“Because the sun is up and the tide is going out
and if I don’t throw them further in they will

“But, old man, don’t you realize there are miles
and miles of beach and starfish all along it!
You can’t possibly save them all, you can’t even
save one-tenth of them. In fact, even if you
work all day, your efforts won’t make any
difference at all.”

The old man listened calmly and then bent
down to pick up another starfish and threw it
into the sea. “It made a difference to that one.”

*A special thank you to Katie James Photography for sharing your photos and allowing me to use them for this post*

1 comment:

  1. Very nice! What a great way to enjoy your weekend with your family and truly help others in need. I loved the story you ended with, it only takes one!

    Blessings to you from California!!