Editor’s Notebook: When a Little Bit Means a Bunch

December 8, 2010 07:59 AM

We sat at our breakfast room table, watching the deer outsmart the hunters in the timber south of our farmhouse. We’d finished an early supper and were asking the kids for their Christmas wish lists before they tackled the dreaded pile of dirty dishes.

Inspired by Caroline, our kindhearted minimalist teenager, the three agreed that it is better to give than receive. Granted, it took 11-year-old Elizabeth a little longer to come to that conclusion!

This Christmas, they plan to give as well as receive. They will each pool some of their birthday money with contributions from Jonathan and me to become “friends” of Farmers Feeding the World. All three were impressed that their individual $100 gifts each equates to a goat, pig, sheep or 500 meals.

The conversation quickly turned into a math lesson as Elizabeth figured out that between them, they would help feed 1,500 people!

Jazzed up by realizing how much three kids can do to help feed the millions of children who go to bed hungry, Elizabeth asked me how many subscribers Farm Journal has these days. I answered, “about 380,000.” She went to work and soon figured out that if each reader gives only $10, that is an amazing $3.8 million to help feed the hungry. We all got goose bumps just thinking about the amount of good that kind of money can do. That’s the power of teamwork and a noble cause!

The Finck Five and the rest of us at Farm Journal hope you’ll join our philanthropic effort to help do what farmers do best: feed the world. You can learn more on page 16. Happy holidays from our house to yours!

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