Monday, September 29, 2008

IMC project: Saving the lives of malnourished children






This weekend I was surrounded by family to celebrate my stepfather's 70th birthday. There were 19 grandchildren there, including my own BOY & GIRL. All of the children are healthy and well fed. There are some food allergies, no small thing when it can be life threatening, but overall, our biggest problem is whether our children are picky eaters or not. That is our biggest problem. There is never an issue of not having enough food. Our children have beautifully rounded cheeks, strong limbs and mouthfuls of healthy teeth. We are blessed.

All weekend I found myself saying, "I'm starving!" It was usually said with a smile after a full day... spending a few hours in the pool, going down a water slide chock full of children, both young and old, screaming with gleeful abandon. All of us heading back to my mom's house- ravenous.

Starving.


Ravenous.

I really don't know the meaning of... Starving. Ravenous.

But, The International Medical Corp does know the meaning of those two words. The IMC has been nominated to be one of the Top 25 in American Express' Members Projects, "Saving the Lives of Malnourished Children" and is in the running to receive up to $1.5 million to help feed hungry children. They have a 90% success rate in saving children from malnutrition. If you are an American Express member, all you have to do is click on the link to vote. If you are not an American Express member, you can help by passing the word along.

Today is the last day to vote, and there are only a few hours left. The International Medical Corps is currently number 5 in the Top 5 American Express Members Projects. If they drop out of the Top 5 they will receive no funding, so every vote counts. Let's do it! Let's see how many votes our community can garner. One click and you could help feed children who are truly starving and ravenous. One click and YOU can make a difference.

It is something we can all do. Especially when their children are our children. Let's reach out and connect with another community and let them know that our community cares.


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11 comments:

Lisa Milton said...

It's strange how easily these words come from our mouths, as if we know what it means.

Thanks for making me think a little harder today.

Jen said...

I am ashamed - so ashamed. I received an email about this, and I didn't post about it, because I am afraid to post about serious issues. No one is reading me lately anyway was my rationale. You are a better person than I am, and this was very well done. Bravo.

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

I'm with Lisa. Thanks for making me think a little more today too. We really don't know how good/blessed we are, do we?

phd in yogurtry said...

Thanks for promoting such a worthwhile cause. It helps keep so much in perspective.

stephanie (bad mom) said...

Bravo you for being mindful - and passing it on.

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Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Thanks for the heads up--I have to admit I didn't act on the email from Amex.

flutter said...

Thank you for being mindful and encouraging me to do the same

g said...

Thank you for posting about this.

chessiakelley said...

Thank you all for your support of International Medical Corps. I work for them and am trying to pass on the message of their wonderful and necessary programs. Winning 1.5 million from AMEX would allow us to help so many. I encourage you all to vote again before teh winner is announced on Oct. 14. Vote tallies for the top five, (we made it, yay!) start from scratch, so it is very important that we all vote again as it is such a tight race. We can make change happen! Thanks again.
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