Sunday, October 5, 2014

Blessings in a Backpack: A cause worth noting!

On October 4th I went to a fundraising event hosted by JD and her Rancho Cordova branch of Blessings in a backpack and had a great time! I had donated a couple copies of my book, Day After Disaster, to the cause and I wanted to go and see what all the fuss was about. I was blown away by the amount of dedication and support from the attendees and the sponsors. My family and I not only felt proud for contributing to this exceptional cause but felt blessed that we received so many great prizes for doing so. JD really pulled out all the stops; some of the prize examples included: Americangirl Doll, Dell Venue 7 Tablet, Redbox Movie Rentals, $100 Target Card, Wine Tasting for 20, Fun Family Day Pier 39 San Francisco and so many more. There was also special prizes for the kids as well as face painting, glitter tattoos and balloon twisting sponsored by Tina's Doodles. Next time one of these events happens near you, go! It was so fun, we won great prizes, and gave to a great cause!

So what is the Blessings in a Backpack's cause all about? Let me give you a brief overview. We always see commercials about the underprivileged kids in other countries but what about the kids who are not eating right here in the United States. Blessings in a Backpack has stepped up to the plate to help. They are currently feeding over 63,00 children in 583 schools in 45 US states. Their non-profit organization uses a mix of private and public funding to accomplish their lofty goals. Food is distributed to the children via volunteers or administrators on Friday so they have food to eat all weekend while they are not in school. At school, all of their meal fees are either reduced or waved. This program focuses on underprivileged children ages five to eleven in elementary school.

How you can help. You can contact Blessings in a Backpack and sponsor a child. Just $125.00 feeds a child for an entire school year! You can also distribute donation envelopes where you work or at your organizational meetings. You can organize a food drive in your local area or you can become a volunteer yourself. 

For more information please go check out this wonderful organization at: http://www.blessingsinabackpackrancho.org

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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