Looking back on the month of September gives me butterflies, because we took some serious action against hunger and honestly, I couldn’t be prouder of my community!
The Seeds of Hope food drive throughout Hampstead and Atkinson was so successful, we provided enough donations to restock St Anne’s Food Pantry and keep them stocked for quite some time to come. I must say however, it was not as simple as placing a few boxes around town. At the start of the food drive, I was a little concerned, because the need was truly so urgent and donations were flowing as fluently as I’d hoped. About halfway through however, hunger awareness day came along and thanks to all of my incredible friends from all around the country and all over the world, we created change. After I produced my video thanking and promoting all the participants of orange for hunger awareness day, it became a bit more popular than I was expecting, and began to circulate through local social media communities. Share after share, view by view, we raised real awareness of a seriously relevant issue, and the compassion of New Hampshire citizens was once again, not kept quiet.
Shortly after my video was released, Seeds of Hope was flooded with support from businesses, other organizations, and families wanting to help. My heart is just so full reminiscing on something I have always, and will always believe in; the POWER of social media and the POWER each and every one of us hold. If this month hasn’t been a testament of all Seeds of Hope stands for, then I don’t know what is.
Of course, coming out of such an empowering month I am feeling quite inspired and won’t be slowing down anytime soon. Hunger Action Month might be over, but stay tuned as Seeds of Hope season never ends, and things are REALLY picking up now!