Thursday, September 4, 2014
11 Year Old Raises Money for No Kid Hungry
11 year old Devon Hirsch gives back to children in need via his charitable project, Giving Grub. Here is his story.
My name is Devon Hirsch, and I'm an 11 year old from Cumming, GA (near Atlanta). I'm in 6th grade at Piney Grove middle school. In my school, over 30% of the kids get free or reduced cost meals because they are dealing with a major money issue. This past Summer I got to thinking...what happens to these kids? How do they eat breakfast and lunch if the schools are not there to provide it? That why I started googling No Kid Hungry. After reading about their Summer programs, and the work that Share out Strength does to promote the #NoKidHungry campaign, I talked with my dad about helping me to create a project that could effect this in a good way. That's when I came up with Giving Grub. I am looking to help in 3 ways:
1) raise awareness via Facebook and twitter (and other social media) so that everyone has more information on these programs. Did you know that Summer meals are provided all over the country, but very few eligible children take advantage of this?
2) raise money for NoKidHungry through donations and sales of my wristbands (see below)
3) collecting food for local food banks though "stock the shelves" days at supermarkets and my school (This is still in the planning stages)
My website is up and running at www.givinggrub.org and donations can be made from there. If someone donates and then contacts me with their address, I can send them wristbands.
Some notable celebrities are already supporting me and I look forward to gaining more support as we go.
By the way, my first goal was 100 followers and $1000 raised...we did that in less than 3 weeks. Right now, my goal is 250 followers (currently at 179) and $2500 raised (current at $1170). I will keep moving these goals as they are met, and I will taking a trip to Washington DC in April 2015 to meet with Share Our Strength and talk about GIVING GRUB.