Different, yet the Same

two young men high fiving at the beach

One of our Hand2Hand team members, Rhonda, met an amazing high school senior this week (whose name I won’t share) and she can’t get him off of her mind. As she distributed summer food, he walked up to receive his bag of food and it was very obvious he was uncomfortable. Sheer hunger caused him to walk over to receive food. His high school counselor signed him up to receive the text reminders that lunch was provided on certain days and Rhonda had an opportunity to talk with him, affirm him, and encourage him as this is something we seek to do with all of the students we serve. She hopes to see him again so she can be a source of encouragement to him.

At the core of Hand2Hand is our belief that God loves everyone the same and has created all with amazing potential. Rhonda’s new friend has been created with gifts and our prayer for all of our kids is that God will not only nourish their bodies but also their souls. To give them hope…and a realization that He loves them.

This week I met someone who I can’t seem to get off of my mind as well. Another amazing high school senior, Tristan, volunteered to pack for our summer food pilot. I asked him why he came to volunteer.

He told me that when he was in the 8th grade I was a guest speaker in one of his classes and he learned for the first time that some of his classmates were hungry. His teacher, Judy Williams, challenged them to action and the class gave a presentation about our mission to a corporation in the hopes of receiving a financial gift for us. The students presented so passionately that we were awarded a financial contribution.

Tristan and his 8th grade class presenting to a local company

Tristan said to me, “I feel that now that I’m older I can contribute even more to Hand2Hand and feeding local kids that I go to school with. This mission has never left my mind because of my 8th grade experience and I want to help kids who need food.”

Rhonda and I met two different amazing high school students with two different walks of life, and yet they are the same in so many ways. Each created with a purpose by their loving God. Each with gifts and abilities, hopes and dreams. And each of them who need a little help and support from others at times – high school counselors, teachers, youth leaders, coaches, peers, and organizations such as Hand2Hand.

And together we can make a difference in the lives of children who will reach their God given potential and make a difference in the lives of others.

Because, although we are different, we are the same, in so many ways.

With hope for the next generation,

Cheri