Filling the Hunger
Because of you, Street2Street provides purpose and hope!
“What are you eating?”
It’s not a question I’m often asked. I rarely eat anything that’s all that interesting. But it was who asked me the question that made the question relevant – and, as I was about to learn, significant.
It was Eddie, one of our Street2Street kids, and I marveled again at how this skinny guy could play basketball with such excellence and control considering his size, not to mention his situation at home where he helps take care of his mother, a cancer patient, and his younger siblings.
“Turkey sandwich,” I told him. I’d already taken a couple of bites. “Have you eaten yet today?”
It was 11:30 in the morning, he had already played two games, and the lunch Street2Street was providing for him and the other participants at the tournament had not yet arrived.
“No,” he admitted. “I can’t play one hundred percent until after I eat because I have to conserve my energy and not get too run down as I wait for lunch.”
I looked down at my highly uninteresting sandwich. “Would you like half?” I asked.
Eddie’s face lit up. “Absolutely!” he said, and I smiled as I watched him eagerly woof down his portion.
Later, I’d learn that Eddie actually hadn’t eaten for a couple of days.
I shouldn’t have been surprised. With his mother ill, he has to make ends meet however he can. It’s like that for a lot of the at-risk kids we serve. Yet fueled by the sandwich and the lunch afterward, Eddie was reenergized – and helped his team win the tournament. But he’s far more that a good basketball player. He’s become an ambassador between our staff and the participants. He not only embraces our Play, Belong and Matter commitment, he upholds it.
It’s your generous support of our events that makes it possible for Street2Street to meet and impact a kid like Eddie. To fill his hungry tummy with food – and his hungry heart with purpose and hope. Thank you so much!
Our vision by the year 2020 is that Street2Street will impact 20,000 at-risk kids in 20 urban communities in the United States. You’ll make this a reality by becoming a “Team Champion” as a monthly donor to Street2Street at just $25 or more per month.
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