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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Feed My Starving Children.

Tuesday night, myself along with 39 other Minnesota area bloggers met up in Eagan for a night of connection and service.

Missy of Marketing Mama put out an invite and organized the event for area bloggers and the response was amazing.

It was fun to meet new people and reconnect with the few I had met previously even if it was an hour drive. Each way.

I fell in love with the ministry of Feed My Starving Children and can't wait to go back. And I can't wait to bring my children.

There is a big difference between being hungry and being starving and we long ago told our kids that the word starving is not acceptable in our house. They have no concept of what that means.

Together, our group of 40 bloggers, plus some other volunteers that were present Tuesday night packed 13,824 meals in an hour. That is enough to feed THIRTY EIGHT people for one year.

And those meals we packed last night, they're on their way to Haiti. Though the event was planned long before the earthquake, it was even more satisfying to know that our work, our hour of chatting and packing assembly line style were going somewhere where it's especially needed right now.

Trish VanPilsum of Fox9 news was there and wrote an amazing testament of what the evening meant to her, please go read it. And because Trish has connections Fox9 news was there to film Minnesota bloggers in action, because I wasn't home from my hour long commute by the time it aired I missed it, but if it becomes available online I will definitely post the link.

Photo credit: Carrie.

For more information on Feed My Starving Children and volunteer and donation opportunities, please visit their site.

And if you plan on going to volunteer there, please let me know, I'd love to join you.

If you're an area blogger and would be interested in a future event like this please let me know so that as decisions are made about moving forward and doing this again I can pass along thoughts/ideas from others who may have not been able to attend last night's gathering.


Blogger Anti-Supermom said...

So glad that we got together to support FMSC, it was such an amazing opportunity for us all.

It was great to talk to you a little more and yes... coffee soon.

January 20, 2010 at 10:27 PM  
Blogger darcie said...

So glad to *meet* you last night! ;) What an amazing time. Let's do it again soon - Maybe the northern location so as to make it more fair for you gals on that end of town?

January 20, 2010 at 10:30 PM  
Anonymous Jes said...

What an amazing thing Samara!

January 20, 2010 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger LutherLiz said...

It was great to meet you! I'd be interested in another event and happy to help with something if you decide to plan anything!

January 20, 2010 at 10:38 PM  
Blogger The Fritz Facts said...

I am with Darcie, North is good!

It was great to meet you (hug you...)! Thanks so much for the book!!

January 20, 2010 at 10:48 PM  
Blogger The Bishops said...

Samara -
I have always wanted to do this!! Please let me know if there is another blogging event or maybe we could get a group of friends together to do it as well!! What a fullfilling evening you had!

January 20, 2010 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

Samara, it was great to meet you (even if only briefly) last night. Looking forward to getting to visit more another time soon!

January 20, 2010 at 11:04 PM  
Blogger MamaBear said...

I'd be more than willing to drive to the north FMSC! Especially to hang out with such a great group of people!

January 20, 2010 at 11:04 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Lady, let's pick a time and do it with a small group of people. T and M included. The Coon Rapids facility isn't far from my house.

You, me, your dad, my dad, etc. It would be a great time.

And yes, it is my neck in my photos. I'm thinking the one with the blue necklace looks hot and may need to ask the calendar people if we can just photograph that part and nothing else!

January 21, 2010 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

This is really neat Samara! I'd love to volunteer sometime for something like that so definitely keep me in mind if you ever hear anything!

January 21, 2010 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger ABCDH said...

Why didn't I WRITE THIS DATE DOWN?? So very sorry I missed it.

January 21, 2010 at 9:35 AM  
Anonymous Julie said...

Samara - It was super to meet you at the FMSC event. I look forward to the changes you bring to the world! Can't wait for our next event.

January 21, 2010 at 1:21 PM  
Anonymous Kara McGuire said...

Great to meet you and at such an excellent event.

I blog a lot about kids and money matters so you know where to head with questions!

January 21, 2010 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger Corinne said...

What a fantastic effort!

January 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM  
Blogger Tikki said...

So great to chat with you on Tuesday, I almost didn't recognize your picture on your blog because there was no pink hat!!

January 21, 2010 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger Jon, Sara, Tyler, and Sophie said...

That sounded like a wonderful time. I would definitely be interested in joining you, if/when you decided to do it again.

January 21, 2010 at 9:59 PM  

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