40 Days of Giving

Each year, my wife Jennica asks me if I’m going to give up anything for Lent. She holds to the tradition of making a sacrifice during these 40 days, giving up meat, caffeine or sweets.

I’ve only participated once – giving up caffeine during Lent last year, though this year I’m giving up all but the basic apps on my iPhone. Lent is traditionally a time of penance, giving and self-sacrifice. We celebrate Lent to remember Christ’s sacrifice for us – to help us have just a taste of His sacrifice to renew our minds and spirits. It is also a time for us to make sacrifices for others. My family and I are doing this by giving through the gift catalog at FH.

In December, my family participated in an 8 Days of Giving campaign right before Christmas. Other families joined us, and it was touching to hear stories from them. Families experienced changed hearts from providing for those who needed help.

This Lent, we’ve decided to do 40 Days of Giving – we’re going to spend 40 days giving to each other and to those who need our help in the world. Each week, my family will pick an item from the FH gift catalog and write a blog post about why we’re giving that item.

Will you join us? This Lent, will you help us change the lives of the hungriest and most poor?

Week One: Deworm 1,000 Children

During the 8 Days of Giving, this item generated a lot of questions with our kids. After I explained what a deworming pill does, Julia, our 5 year old exclaimed, “Let’s get some of those!”

I asked Julia, “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.”

Julia has such a heart for people and knowing how she would give her savings to help these children made me proud.

I know if you join me and my family in this 40 Days of Giving, you’ll discover a new depth to yourself and your children. I hope you and your friends and family will join my family. And together, we’ll be living out the love that Christ sacrificed Himself to give us. Take a look at the catalog and see how you can make a difference.

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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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