It’s that time of year…when we feel the tension between creating a festive, memorable holiday experience for those we love and focusing on the generosity of the gift God gave us in His son, Jesus. Into that tension comes #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving back to charities around the world. Following the shopping frenzied days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we are reminded to be generous to the vulnerable, to meet the basic needs of those who are more concerned about how they are going to buy groceries rather than how they are going to buy another big screen TV.

#GivingTuesday began in 2012 as a global generosity movement in response to the commercialization and consumerism of the post-Thanksgiving season. On this day, organizations world-wide share what they are doing to positively transform their communities and the world, and they invite others to join them.

We invite you to join what we are doing at Hungry Souls. 1 in 5 children in the Austin area is food insecure. We FEED them and their families. Students who don’t have enough to eat struggle with concentration, behavior, and performance. Fewer of these students will graduate from high school. Proper nutrition allows teachers to better EDUCATE these students and end the cycle of poverty. As we build relationships with these families, we have the opportunity to SERVE them and show them the love of Christ.

Currently, we serve over 120 people weekly. Families receive recipes and groceries to provide six meals over weekends to feed their households. Sadly, we have over 420 people on our waiting list to receive this same assistance. Your donations will allow us to further reduce childhood food insecurity in the Austin area in 2020. It’s an ambitious goal to completely erase that waiting list, but that is absolutely what we would love to see happen in the next year. To do it, we need your donations.

To get started giving, click here. Most people prefer their giving to be a private matter. However, if you would share that you gave, not the amount, it would help us multiply our donors by spreading the word about Giving Tuesday and Hungry Souls. Please share your generosity on social media with the hashtags #GivingTuesday and (Hungry Souls #). Many people will want to give on Tuesday, December 3 but not know where their giving is needed. Your recommendation can bring more donors our way and allow us to educate them about our mission.

Thank you for your generosity to us, for giving and for helping to spread the word about how we can all make Austin a better place for children and families in the year to come. May your Christmas season be blessed.