The other day, on the way to baseball, Dude 3 told me this starfish story that his teacher had told him on the last day of school.
I asked him if he could tell all of you guys too…
When he finished telling me about this wonderful little girl, I looked in the rear view mirror and saw that he had tears running down his face.
I asked him why he was crying and he said, he didn’t know because the story wasn’t really sad, but he sorta felt sad when he thought about how nice the girl was for working hard to save the starfishes.
Plus, he wished that he could help a starfish too.
We’re fresh out of starfish here in western Maryland, but we sat down that night and discussed ways he could help someone or something that he cares about by doing something small.
He wanted to know if there was a way to bring back dinosaurs.
He cried again when I told him that wasn’t possible.
Then he asked me if he could go to dog jail (that’s what they call the pound) and get dogs for every kid who wanted a dog.
I told him that wasn’t possible either because, um, that is just a really terribly bad idea.
That was easier for him to handle because even he thinks having a dog, particularly our dog, is a really bad idea sometimes.
I decided he needed a little direction so I introduced him to the Kid President (watch the video, every view equals another meal!)…
He’s another pretty cool little dude who is fighting child hunger by spreading awareness about hungry kids and how people can help with his big voice. He wears a suit and he has a huge personality and heart to match even though he’s still pretty small. Sort of like this other little dude I know…
There are a ton of celebs who are helping the Kid President and Con Agra get the message out that one in five kids doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from. People like Mario Lopez, Jewel, and Hunter Hayes are committed to changing that uncertainty.
In fact, right now Hunter is giving his fans a chance to fight hunger and get to know him better while you do. Enter a code, donate a meal, ask Hunter a question. He might even answer you back in a sweet little video.
Not surprisingly, Dude 3 doesn’t really care about asking Hunter a question.
Know what he does care about? Dinosaurs and dogs and hungry kids.
He thinks it’s important to get breakfast everyday “so they can think in school”. He thinks that kids need to have lunch everyday too “so that they can play soccer at recess”. He’s actually not really convinced you need dinner as long as you get to have a snack before bed.
He’s six, okay. He can’t be responsible about everything!
But he has decided to be a little bit responsible for helping hungry kids with Hunter and the Kid President.
He is dedicating half of the money he makes at his lemonade stand this summer to the Child Hunger Ends Here Program. Then he’s going to buy a dinosaur book he’s had his eye on, Pokemon cards, and a donut date for the family.
Stranded starfish would be lucky to know him, I know I am.
*Today’s post was brought to you by Con Agra foods which is hoping to get 5 million more meals to hungry kids with your help. They make it super easy to donate a meal (enter codes from specially marked packages right here on my website’s side bar) and would love for you to also take a moment to answer a brief survey about hunger in America: Child Hunger Survey