School receives donation for lunch debt for 171 kids. #WATWB

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The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by six co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Peter Nena, Eric Lahti, Inderpreet Kaur Uppal , Roshan Radhakrishnan Lynn Hallbrooks, and me.

Not long ago, I came across this inspiring story that happened in my state, Mississippi. Mississippi gets a bad rep at times, but there are moments that I love being a Mississippian more than others. And this story is one of the many reasons why. We are called the hospitality state for a reason. 🙂

Something that has been on my mind lately is the fact that there are kids who are going to school who can’t afford lunch and their parents can’t provide lunch for them. It really hurts my heart to know that some kids starve because of this. And it’s not their fault.

Some kids will run up their credit for food because they forget money or sometimes they can’t afford. But one anonymous donor in Mississippi paid the debt for 171 kids in grades K-8.

“An anonymous donor stepped up at the beginning of May and paid off school lunch charges for all the students in the Ocean Springs School District.

Gayle Schultz, the head of child nutrition for the district, was grateful.

“That was really a great big blessing for the parents and the district,” she said.

It’s the first time they’ve had something like that happen.”

You can finish reading this inspiring article here on the Sun Herald’s website.

This just makes my heart happy! No kid should go hungry because they can’t afford lunch, and now, it makes it easier on parents who need their money as well. This reminds me that there are still good people left in this world!

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#WATWB – Minnesota Barkery Helps People with Autism Find Jobs

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Welcome to the second month of the We are the World Blogfest! This month’s post happens to fall at the end of National Autism Awareness month, and I came across this gem of a story on Twitter.

Before I get into it, let’s thank this month’s co-leaders of the blogfest: Simon Falk, Inderpreet Kaur Uppal, Mary J. Giese, Peter Nena and Belinda Witzenhausen.

I know a few people who have been diagnosed with autism, in it’s various forms, and I know how hard life can be for them. I am grateful when I read stories like this, stories that are so touching. A barkery (dog treat bakery) hires people with autism to work because they have such a hard time finding jobs.

Here is a quote from the A Plus article:

Finley’s Barkery trains its workers to make handmade dog biscuits inspired by recipes the owners give to their own mini German Shepherd, Finley. As the company says on its website, “Finley’s Barkery provides a fun, supportive and challenging work environment for our team to thrive.”

Plus they invest a portion of their profits “in initiatives meant to elevate the lives of Finley’s team members and partners in the community (both 2 and 4 legged).”

“Having over 20 years of experience working with individuals with autism and other intellectual disabilities, we knew their capabilities are often underutilized, or misunderstood in a work or business setting,” the Barkery founders told A Plus. “We believe everyone has strengths that allow them to be successful, when give the responsibility and opportunity. We wanted to look at it from the perspective of how do their strengths propel a business versus evoking sympathy for what some see as a disadvantage.”

You can watch a video and finish reading the article on A Plus’s website and find out more about Finley’s Barkery on their site.

Together, we can make a difference, and this barkery is proving that. That’s why it means so much. Just because someone has a “disability” doesn’t make them any less valuable, and Finley’s Barkery understands that. They take what makes these beautiful people unique and special and helps them achieve their goals, giving them a safe and friendly work environment to be in. It’s beautiful, and I just adore this story. I hope you do too!

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