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Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. -Psalm 118:1
We are thankful for you. This year, you’re helping us pack the most meals ever in FMSC history. You’ve given your money generously. You’ve shared our videos, told your friends about packing meals, and you’ve shown your support in so many other creative ways.
Who or what are you thankful for? Leave a comment below or share on our Facebook Page.
This past summer, we told you about Noah and Connor who sold treats to raise money for FMSC. Their creativity and generosity has inspired so many!
Watch this new video below to meet the boys.
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The first time I met Perry Smith, I was blown away. He was overflowing with ideas and energy. He was on a mission.
Perry is a 19-year-old photographer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s also a cancer survivor who sees each day as a chance to love people, smile, dream, and build things that matter. Perry and I talked about a new project he was working on called One Month to Give.
“I fell in love with photography and I decided that maybe I could use my photography to give back,” Perry said.
One Month to Give was founded with the mission to inspire and empower a community to collaboratively give back through photography. Fueled by coffee, Perry met with dozens of photographers to ask if they’d be willing to participate.
“We partner with photographers all over the nation and ask them to donate the proceeds of one session,” Perry said. During the month of October, the photographers would shoot sessions and donate the money to both Feed My Starving Children and Wishes & More.
“I believe giving back is important because it reminds us of why we are here and what our purpose is,” Perry told me. “We were thrilled to partner with FMSC because they embody this purpose and feed the hungry & hopeless.”
October arrived. Photographers from nine states took 22,500 photos at their One Month to Give sessions. Hundreds participated and thousands of hours were spent.
Through One Month to Give, $9,000 was raised for both Feed My Starving Children and Wishes & More. With this money, FMSC will provide 40,910 meals for the hungry.
This story isn’t just about Perry.
In the months leading up to the launch, I met photographers and team members who were participating in One Month to Give. They all had a passion for giving back and using photography as a tool for something bigger. The mission of one person turned into a community effort. Whether it’s starting a nonprofit to give back through photography or even packing FMSC meals as a team, we are powerful together.
Helen Keller says it nicely: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
Visit www.onemonthtogive.org for more info about sessions or joining One Month to Give in the future.
On Friday night, over 1400 people attended FMSC’s 2014 Minnesota Gala. The evening was filled with celebrating the year’s accomplishments, dreaming about the future, and hearing stories of impact.
Our featured speaker was Zee, a 21-year-old from Swaziland who grew up eating FMSC meals and now serves her community (See her story HERE). Her story shows the enormous power of one life changed.
Another highlight of the evening was the surprising auction item sold by two young boys. Noah & Connor raised $149 at their treat stand this past summer. On Gala night, they auctioned off two bags of cotton candy for $3,000! Everyone can make a difference.
Mark Crea, Executive Director/CEO of FMSC, gave the final words for the evening. “Each of these children has unbelievable potential. Tonight I ask you to step out together in faith,” said Mark. “Help us feed a child. Just another one.”
The 2014 Minnesota Gala raised a total of $901,535, which will help FMSC feed thousands and thousands of kids. We’re so overwhelmed by your generosity and love. Thank you to everyone who gave and attended our Gala!
Please visit fmsc.org/14mngala to see a list of our Gala sponsors.
Happy Give to the Max Day!
This year, millions of meals are needed due to the Ebola Crisis in West Africa. Donations from Give to the Max Day will help FMSC provide more meals to families in need.
Your DOLLARS will be DOUBLED by a generous matching gift of $115,000!