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12 Days of Christmas: Kindness

“Stay out!” she yells as she slams the bathroom door closed. Her sister grabs the knob to open it and barge in. As I arrive, door tug-of-war is in full swing. By the time bedtime rolls around, things like patience and the desire to understand have worn thin. Of course, the problem  would have been […]

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Philippines: Church Celebrates Christmas

It was early November when I arrived in the Philippines, and much to my surprise they were celebrating Christmas in full force! Decorated trees were everywhere and some of our favorite holiday jingles played on the radio. It was a dichotomy for my brain… in light of the recent typhoon, how can people be so […]

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Getting Over Guilt-Trip Giving

This time of year, it’s sometimes hard to know how best to express one’s charity. There’s the bell-ringer outside the store (always able to make me feel guilty, even if I gave yesterday). Celebrity-sponsored tel-a-thons on television. The walk-a-thons, ski-a-thons, bike-a-thons for various diseases. If your email or postal mailbox is like mine, it’s stuffed […]

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Celebrating Advent

This time of year used to look very different than all the advertisements we are bombarded with nowadays. The word “holiday” is in fact a product of the Old English words hālig (holy) and dæg (day). A holy day was 24-hours set apart for God. The holiday season was a time of giving thanks, recognizing […]

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My Favorite Superheroes

My favorite superheroes are people that are kind to every single human being, especially to children. They give their hands, their time and the best of them to those who need it the most. They have a lot of fans, but they are not famous. They are so strong that they can walk for hours […]

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‘Tis the Season … for Gaming Consoles Shopping?

It could be a Nerf Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow Blaster, an Ipod Touch, a Kindle Fire or Cuisinart Hand Blender—everyone has a top item on their Christmas shopping wish list this year. Many waited in long lines, crowded stores or searched online on Black Friday to purchase an item. We put so much effort into acquiring […]

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This Girl Made Typhoon Haiyan Personal

Major disasters usually seem a world away, but not this time. When I heard that Typhoon Haiyan had hit the Philippines, my thoughts went at once to Mariecris. Mariecris is my sponsored child. She lives in the Philippines, like 2,000 other children sponsored through Food for the Hungry (FH). When the typhoon hit, my daughters […]

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Words of Thanks

This past month, Food for the Hungry (FH) staff submitted words of thanks to FH’s Social Media Specialist Esther Martinez for 30 days of Thanks in November, featured on FH’s Facebook page. People were thankful for a variety of blessings…God’s love, family members, jobs, nature or art. When we take a moment, we realize we […]

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My husband and I opening a gift on Christmas

A Different Twist on Christmas Giving

You have likely heard of or even participated in the growing movement of giving to charity in someone’s honor, as a Christmas gift to that person. Last year, my family adopted this concept but decided to put our own personal twist on it. My husband and I came up with the idea to purchase a […]

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The Wonder of Partnerships

Let’s think a minute about the wonder of partnerships. It’s through partnerships that great works can be done. Such as Food for the Hungry’s (FH) partnership with the Integral Alliance – which is a group of 19 Christian relief and development organizations coming together to provide more effective responses, like in helping Typhoon Haiyan survivors […]

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