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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Make a Wish Foundation
The Make a Wish Foundation is the nation's largest wish-granting organization.Since 1980, the Make a Wish Foundation has given hope, strength, and joy to children withlifethreatening medical conditions. From their humble beginnings with one child's wish to be a police officer the Make a wish Foundation has evolved into an organization that grants a child's wish every 40 minutes! NOW THAT"S AMAZING!!!!!

Find out how YOU can get involved by visiting their site! www.MakeAWish.com
8:43 pm edt 

Monday, June 28, 2010

The Global Hunger Project
The Hunger Project is a global, nonprofit, strategic organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. The Hunger Project carries out its mission thru three essential activities; mobilizing village clusters at the grassroots level to build self-reliance, empowering women as KEY change agaents, and forging effective partnerships with local government. Their vision is that one day every person has enough of the right food to be healthy and productive EVERY DAY!

Check out The Hunger Project by clicking on www.thehungerproject.com .You can also find out about many orgainizations making a difference by visiting our BUMP LINKS page!

I met Michael this past week at a local strip mall while visiting the HOME DEPOT store. He approached me with a big shrug and sensed he was in need. I always take the time to talk to people and SEE if THEY will take the time to tell me their story and if I ca I WILL DO my best to help!

Michael works construction and gets work when able as of late. He has a wife and two childre, a 7month old and a 7 year old. he said he wasn't concerned about his hunger but his children needed food. we talked a bit and Michael helped me with some loading at Home Depot and putting it in my truck. Seems we both live in atlanta now but both grew up only 25 min from each other in small towns in eastern NC. We even attended rival high schools! GO JAGUARS:] It was just like that 6 degrees of separation. just like Maya Angelou says, " As Humans we are more ali8ke than different!"

I took michael about a mile down the road to the local Kroger and we bought some groceries! Boy was it HARD to get him to get anything that wasn't ABSOLUTELY necessary. I told him though unless we got a few EXTRA GOODIES I wasn't leaving the store. We got enough to get him thru the week ahead and hopefully enough diapers to last a bit. However; anyone with a baby or who has had a baby KNOWS diapers dont last very long!!!

I dropped Micheael off at his house and gave him my number! It had been a long work day and now after meeting Michael I was MOST THANKFUL for having the opportunity to have a long workday!

10:04 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

5 degrees of separation
I was at the local strip mall here in Atlanta at the Home Depot when I was approached by a gentleman. I asked him if he needed some money as that usuually is the case in this situation. I always ask them their name and what their story is. About half the time they just take off and the other half  I get a glimpse into their lives and the struggles they face on a daily basis.

On this day I meet Michael. It turns out Michael is not homeless just short on work at a local construction business and he needs a little cash to feed his 7 month old and 7 year old. As we were talking he helped me with a few chores at the local home depotand as we walked about the store I learned we had more in common than we could possibly imagine!

Turns out we both were from NC and grew up only about 30nminutes from each other! We even attentented high schools from the same conference. And we shared many stories of working in a tobacco field growing up!

I anded up taking Michael to the local Kroger a mile away and bought some things for he and his family. It was tough just to get him to buy a few extras!!!!

We spent about an hour and a half together learning about each other and sharing the bump experiment with him and our mission statement. On this day because of BUMP's kindness many years ago... Michaeil got bumped because of BUMP! And so the experiment continues......

9:03 pm edt 

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