Day 6: Vegetable Seeds (8 Days of Giving)

I have a garden that provides organic food for my family. My kids help with it, so they understand the benefits and work that goes into growing food. When we saw the vegetable seeds in the FH gift catalog, our family choose the seeds with a resounding, “Yes!”

The vegetable seeds didn’t take much explanation, until Emily (10 years old) asked, “How do they grow their gardens? Is it the same as us?”

I told her that the poor usually live in areas where soil may not be as rich and water may be scarce. But that the seeds Food for the Hungry gives to the poor are customized to the area. If water becomes scarce, then drought-resistant seeds have a better chance of turning into healthy plants that will produce food. And for poor soil, FH picks seeds for plants that will produce nutritious food, give nutrients to the soil and can be sold. Beans are a good example of a crop like that.

“So can we sell our vegetables?” Evie (age 8) asked. She’s our entrepreneur.

This brought on another discussion, but it was great to see the girls making the connections. I told them that maybe we could give some of our extra vegetables to our neighbors. Reports from the FH fields show many of the poor sell and share extra crops with people in their community.

Some of the poor are producing so much, they are able to feed themselves, share their food with others and sell for income. This is a major change from such a simple gift.

So please join us today for the sixth day in the 8 Days of Giving and give the poor vegetable seeds. Your gift will generate so many blessings for poor communities.

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. Day four saw us give the gift of health by deworming 500 children. Yesterday, we gave rabbits.

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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