Our Children, Helping Children a World Away
I did not understand. Not at first. Last year, when I was in Iraq (specifically the Northern part, called Kurdistan), I met a US Army Sgt. who told me, “When you send this food over in thousands of boxes, please always send these kinds of boxes.” He was referring to the boxes bearing messages of peace and friendship written by children in the US.
Sgt. Cooper went on to say, “This is the way we can win the war. ISIS has nothing that can stand up to the power of children sending food in boxes of hope.”
This is exactly why Global Samaritan Resources is hosting a “Food and Hope” event in Abilene Saturday, March 25. There are two times you can bring children to join us in writing and drawing on boxes of food that will go directly to our trusted partner in Kurdistan, The Barzani Charity Foundation. They will deliver the boxes, boldly announcing peace and friendship, directly to refugees.
Because we send the boxes via the US Air Force, and because we work directly with Barzani, the food we send bypasses both ISIS and the Central Iraq Government. In other words, the food is delivered, 100% of it, to the people who need it most.
We are helping refugees from Syria and Iraq stay close to their homes, so one day they can go home. They want the same things you and I want. They want peace and friendship. They do not want to become immigrants, they want to go home.
We are working with Kurdish leaders to help them do that. And we are working to win the hearts and minds of refugee children with boxes of food and messages of hope. But don’t overlook this: we are winning the hearts and minds of our own children. Abilene’s children can help someone a world away, another child caught up in the aftermath of war and terror.
At this Food and Hope event, children and adults alike will write messages of peace and friendship on boxes of food. Sponsors are needed for each box (a donation is not required to write and draw on boxes). One donor has pledged to match the first $100,000 raised! This money helps Global Samaritan continue to send help and hope to this part of the world. We need donations of any amount to meet this challenge. We need peacemaking artists to send their messages on thousands of boxes of food.
In Iraq I took a photograph of a young Muslim boy at a food distribution site. He wears a red t-shirt and is all smiles, as most children in Iraq seem to be. In Stamford, Texas I took a photograph of a young Christian boy writing on a box. He is also in a red t-shirt and is also all smiles. The boys could easily pass as brothers.
This is what the US Army Sgt. meant when he said ISIS cannot stand up to the power of children sending food in boxes of hope. Now I understand. The children are leading us, and this will be their message: we are brothers and sisters. And friends.