Day 4: Deworming Medicine for 500 Kids (8 Days of Giving)

It’s hard to imagine life in countries where even a glass of water isn’t safe to drink.

When we came to the page that had deworming medication on it, our kids wanted an explanation of the image and what a deworming pill could do. After explaining how the pill will change a child’s life, Julia, age 5, exclaimed, “Yes! Let’s get those!”

She had been relatively quiet until that point, and I asked her, “What do you think that will do for these kids?”

She replied, “Dad, if a nickel will help one of them be better, I’ve got a couple of dollars in my drawer up stairs I can give.”

It made me so proud to know that even at age 5, she’s starting to have a heart for people she doesn’t know or can see. God is growing compassion in her, and that’s making the season for me.

My kids have never experienced having worms. Frankly, it’s not a topic we talk about a lot. With the four girls, the idea of having worms in their stomachs doesn’t go over well. Maybe one day, Elijah and Josiah, will find it gruesomely interesting, but right now…intestinal worms are not in their understanding.

But it’s something that 400 million children experience every day.  Children their age live every day with stomach aches, diarrhea and fatigue, since the worms steal 25 percent of all nutrition from the little food these children eat.

It’s one of the most effective of ways to improve children’s health in poor communities. Please join us in buying deworming meds for kids today!

8 Days of Giving

We’re celebrating 8 days of giving and will be giving a gift each day from the gift catalog. We’ll reveal our gift item each day on the Food for the Hungry blog and encourage you to join us. Our goal is for 800 gifts these 8 days. On each post, we’ll show a tree. This tree has 80 lights on it – for every ten items given, we’ll light a single light. We pray by the end of the 8 days, the tree will be completely lit.

On day one, we gave 2 guinea fowls. The bird looks like a mix between a turkey and a peacock and produces eggs for the family. They also multiply quickly and eat insects. The gift includes 2 guinea fowls so the family can help facilitate having cute little guinea fowls running around. On day two, we gave school supplies to help children stay in school. Our kids felt a connection with these kids through the small act of the gift. On day three, we gave a cow to a family in need. The cow will provide milk to support the family and for them to sell for income.

Just click on a link from one of the 8 Days of Giving blog posts to have your gift counted as part of the 800.


About Jeremy Reis

Jeremy Reis is the Director of Digital Marketing for Food for the Hungry. He is the husband to Jennica and father of 6. Jeremy writes about how to disciple children into a loving and compassionate world view.

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