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Give Back Event Helps Children in Liberia

Posted 01/19/18

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Nutritional meals packaged by our Zieggy Tribe in December finally arrived at their final destination in Liberia. Breanna Humphries, a member of the Zieggy Tribe and founder of weServeEats, organized the meal packing event for the Wheeling tribe. She visited the warehouse where many of the meals are stored in Liberia during a trip to West Africa over the new year holiday.

“We were told that the kids love eating our rice for breakfast,” said Humphries, “And the kids confirmed that when we arrived.”

Each meal from Lifeline Christian Mission contained rice, dehydrated vegetables, protein, vitamins and minerals. One serving could provide a child with roughly 70 percent of the nutrition needed for an entire day. Community organizations in the Wheeling area were first offered the meals to distribute in our country. Leftover meals were donated to Christian Aid Ministries (CAM) in Liberia.

“CAM has about 3,000 children in their system all over Liberia,” said Breanna Humphries. “Many of the kids live in orphanages and others are from church families, or kids who live with their parents in rural areas who have been registered into the system. CAM receives, on average, about 4 containers of supplies per month. After going to their open house last year, I'm not surprised that they have so much going on here. ”

The children helped by the meals that were sent to Liberia showed Humphries great appreciation for the donations.

“The kids sang several songs for us and proudly showed us their clean bedrooms,” said Humphries. “Several kids share a bedroom with bunk beds. Though they have few possessions, they have indescribable joy and it's absolutely incredible to witness.”

"The kids are overjoyed when they see us and greet us right away with the biggest smiles," said Holly Filipovich, another member of the Zieggy Tribe who travelled to Liberia with Humphries to drop off the donations. "We have played kickball, volleyball, jumped rope, made paper airplanes and sang songs, along with many hugs and words of encouragement.  A big hit was the coloring books. One thing I am quickly learning and gaining perspective here is how much we take for granted back in the United States."