I'm Melissa and I’ve been married to my husband for 11 years coming this June 14th. We have four beautiful children- three boys and one girl. I work in IT designing and developing web applications. In my free time I like to be outdoors... especially near the water. I love beaches and kayaking down the Weeki Wachee river. I also love playing roller and ice hockey with my sister.
I spent the last eight years of my life spending all of the time that I could taking care of and making amazing memories with my beautiful mother and children. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and I feel like she is the one who ignited this desire to help children. Unfortunately, I had to say goodbye to her this past Christmas day. She was my whole life. I still have a gaping wound from her absence.
From there, I went into a very deep depression for several months wondering what my purpose was on this earth. It was the darkest time of my life. I started to feel better at the end of April and let’s just say I had a very intense and overwhelming vision of a hungry child. I knew then that I must get up and JUST DO SOMETHING. And then I thought... There’s no way I’m the only person who wants to help people and who’s struggling with their purpose. What if we can rally the community together to help the children in our community? So, below was the post that started it all! From that single post I got eight requests of people who had children who were in dire need. I also got several helpers out of that same post... so, that’s when I decided to create the group and here we all are five short weeks later helping the children in our own community!
It’s been hard hard work, and the past five weeks are such a blur now, but it’s been so worth it. I’m just amazed at the amount of people that want to help and I strongly believe the efforts of all of the helpers are TRANSFORMING people’s minds and hearts. I can’t wait to see what’s next. Much Love!! ❤️❤️
Hey everybody! I'm Megan, the coordinator of needs :) I am a Minnesota transplant - this September will mark 7 years that we've lived here in FL. All three of my kiddos were born here, and we actually moved down for my husband to go to graduate school almost immediately after our 1 year anniversary/baby shower!
My mother and grandmother raised me and made it second nature to help others so all my life I've loved and been thankful to do volunteer work. As a kid I used to gather up my dance friends and choreograph shows to perform at retirement homes, in college I loved volunteering at our local hospital in the waiting rooms communicating with the staff and families. As a mom, I am always trying to find new ways to help out the community and teach our little ones the value of helping others.
I saw one of Melissa's earlier posts and joined immediately, but seeing the needs I felt helpless because at the time we had no income and were struggling a bit ourselves. When she posted about needing admin to help, I jumped at the chance knowing I could donate my time if nothing else. Since then we've been blessed to help out in other ways too, but its just been remarkable and so moving to see complete strangers offering up their food, time, gas, homes, etc for those in need. You all are amazing individuals and I'm pretty much in awe of the other admins and all that they do ❤
Hi, I am Theresa. Born and raised in the Bronx. Lived in Long Island for 43yrs and now here in Florida. I and married for 49yrs to the love of my life. I have 3 grown children, 6 grandchildren and 3 great-granddaughters. Unfortunately Mariana passed when she was only 8 mos. old. My Mom passed when I was 13yrs old. She taught me the meaning of caring, compassion and giving of ourselves to others. She had an open door policy always. I have tried to follow in her footsteps and hope she is proud of the woman I have become. My family is everything to me. I believe we are put here on earth for a reason and that we meet certain people in our lives for a reason. This group of women is one of those reasons. When I meet the families we are helping and see their children's little faces and they say thank you, I know this is what I am supposed to be doing.
I was raised in a small town. That's where I learned to be who I am. We fed the neighbors and they fed us. I haven't changed and I won't. It sounds like you were raised the same way. Don't let anyone take that lesson from you. Pass it on. You will reach the person that wouldn't have eaten unless you were there. You wont be sorry. I too have been giving my entire life because its who I am. Yes, I have fed people that stabbed me in the back. That's a reflection of who they are not me. I still give daily because there are people in need. Do you live in the US? Do you see the division? Do you see the people that struggle daily? People spend their time putting others down daily and I WILL NOT be a part of it. If I lift one person up or stop one person from being hungry or put a smile on someone's face I've done something positive in this very negative world we live in.
Hi! I am Katie. I grew up in Hernando County and moved to Pasco about 10 years ago. I have 2 wonderful children and my nephew. I was raised with the belief that no matter how hard we thought our life was, there was always someone who had it harder than us. My parents taught me to give without the expectation of something in return and to give quietly. My dad was all about helping service people (military, police, veterans, etc) and my mom was all about helping the children. I have tried to raise my children in the same way. All three of the kiddos love helping out in this group whenever possible. Whatever we put into the world God will give us back 10 fold. If we help feed one family at a time before long there won't be any hungry families.
Hi! I am Denise Brooks! Ive been a resident of Pasco County for the majority of my life and I love my hometown! I love kids and have made it a mission in my life to help them in any way I can.