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Paying it Forward with Kids Can SA

April 11, 2011

Tony Ramirez is a young hunger fighter who is passionate about helping others. Last year Tony read an article in the paper on the statistics that one in four children go to bed hungry each night in Texas. He asked his mother to take him to the San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB) to tour the facility so he could find out more on what he could do to help end hunger. At the SAFB he heard from an employee about how children at school on Mondays spend time in the nurse’s office dealing with headaches, stomach aches and more due to lack of food over the weekend.

This story moved Tony into action, thus Kids Can SA was born. He approached the principal of his school, Shepherd of the Hills, about Kids Can SA. Students bring in toys they want to donate and Tony and his mother Sandy clean them up. They categorize the toys into group and then hold a garage sale type of event at the school where students can purchase the donated toys with cans of non-perishable food items. In the end, two non-profit organizations benefit. The SAFB receives the food donation and Medina Children’s Home receives the left over toys. The students can take pride in knowing they are helping end hunger in their community.

Tony is a shining example of how anyone, no matter how young or how old, can help the less fortunate.

If you would like to volunteer at the SAFB or coordinate a Kids Can SA event, please visit the SAFB website.

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