Happy Saturday, friends! I’ll explain my title in a minute… first, let’s recap the rest of the day.
I kicked things off this morning with my favorite class, Body Pump! If you’ve never tried it, I highly recommend it. It’s the perfect class for all levels of fitness; whether it’s your first time or you’ve been going for two years, the intensity can easily be kept at your level, depending on the amount of weight you put on your bar to lift. I felt so energized the entire time… I lifted more than usual and felt like I could just keep going when we were done. Usually by the end of the class, I feel like I need medical assistance to make my way out of the gym, but today was a different story. Not sure where that came from, but I’ll take it! I finished things up with a 3 mile run on the treadmill. I’ve been trying to take things slowly and ease back into running after hurting my ankle. In the past week, I’ve run several times and it has felt ok, so I’m excited about that- it feels so good to run again. It’s such a beautiful day, I should have run outside, but since I was already at the gym, I just thought I might as well cross it off my to-do list right there. I was a sweaty mess by the time I was done!
Giving for their Gain
This afternoon, I headed to my church to help out with a local organization to pack meals to send overseas for families in need. It’s a beautiful day out… which means windows down and country up!!
The organization we were working with is called Gain (Global Aid Network)- they exist to “address tangible needs in areas of poverty and despair.” Gain is focused on a few key areas: responding to disasters and providing relief, providing training and resources in areas, and organizing individuals and companies to partner with them. They currently oversee projects in more than 25 countries. I was shocked when I read on their website that childhood hunger is responsible for the deaths of 6.5 million children under the age of 5 every year. Because I love working with children so much, statistics like these always have such a great impact on me. My heart just goes out to these children, I can’t imagine what they have to go through at such a young age. Another startling statistic I read reported that a child dies every 15 seconds from a water related disease. In the time that you’ve spent reading this so far, several children have been impacted. Want to help out? If you are interested in making a donation, click on their website link—> Gain and find the “Give now” orange button on the right side.
When you see a picture like that, how can you not want to help out?! So adorable.
A ton of volunteers came out to help pack the food and boxes! The boxes we packed today will be sent to Syria. It was great to see so many college students from Salisbury University and others from the community coming together for a good cause. There were many tables set up around the room, so we were placed in groups to fill the boxes. Some volunteers measured the rice and beans, others sealed the bags closed, and then they were passed down the line to be packaged together. (yes, we had to wear those hats!)
Each box of food that was sent will feed a family every day for a month. How awesome is that?? Once we started working, time passed pretty quickly and before I knew it, we had run out of supplies to work with. It probably only took a little over an hour to fill all of the bags with everyone working together. 41,000 bags of food were filled today… hence my blog title!
Those 41,000 bags started by someone filling a single bag. Maybe it’s a simplistic way to think about things, but one simple act of kindness can trigger another, and another, and another. Little things can make all the difference. Several times lately, I’ve paid for the person behind me at tolls. It’s a little thing… and it’s not like you get to see any tangible results from it. I don’t know if I’m paying for a millionaire, or if I’m paying for someone that could really use the help. That’s not important, though- the important thing is taking the time to touch someone else’s life, and who knows? Maybe they will be motivated to do the same for someone else. I hope you are inspired to be a positive influence in someone’s life today!
I hope you had a great Saturday as well! We spring forward an hour tonight- I love when it stays lighter out longer in the day. I saw this picture on Pinterest earlier and couldn’t help but share. If you need a good laugh, just go read some of these ecards on Pinterest. I love them!