A Ten-Bowl Challenge. That’s what Paul Mallory (Arlington, TX) set out to accomplish in December of last year. He challenged 9 other families to join him in providing YUM for as many kids as possible. Before long, these families were jumping on board. When it was all said and done, nearly 20 families took part in his Rice Bowls Family Challenge. Paul captured some thoughts from 3 families who participated:
“We started putting our loose change in the bowl at the end of the day. For us, since we don’t have kids, it was nice knowing that something so “insignificant” to us, something we really take for granted, and most of the time don’t even count in our “cash on hand,” means life for another human being.”
“My girls are so funny - they didn’t even know what we did! Putting spare change
in a bowl was such an easy way to give and it went unnoticed until we filled our bowl. It was neat to tell them it was enough money to feed someone for quite a while. It’s amazing how an insignificant thing to us can become quite significant when done with others.”
“The challenge was a great project for our family! It made us think about our “change” in a whole new way, and it prompted some wonderful conversations with our two boys. It was just another real-life example for us, and provided some teachable moments. The kids were amazed that something so simple – some loose change, a few coins or dollar bills that just sit around or get tossed somewhere, could actually be used to feed a hungry child. Unfortunately, we take all of those things for granted much too often. Something small (or someone small for that matter) can make a big, big difference and that’s not small at all!”
In the end, Paul’s Rice Bowls Family Challenge raised enough money one orphaned child for 11 months! That’s nearly a year! Family Challenges are a great way to support Rice Bowls. They offer the opportunity for families to talk about how seemingly small things can deliver in big ways. So, why not order 10 bowls, invite 9 families to join you and get started on the next series of small things brought together?