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  • Writer's pictureTanya Benedict, PhD, CPH

He had me at "Hello"

Updated: Jul 18, 2018

From the minute I saw him, I knew I would hold him in my heart forever. I remember hearing the laughter of children. Then, I saw a little boy running and playing with other children. He wanted me to hold him. What I didn't see were toys that we would recognize. The young boys were content shooting sticks back and forth with one rubber band that they shared. My greatest concern, though, went far beyond toys. Food. Many of the children were malnourished and they were in need of food on a daily basis. Food, something we take for granted. We don't like it if we miss a meal by an hour or so. I can't imagine what it would be like to go without. At the end of my visit, it was clear the most urgent need was to start a children's pantry to provide food on a regular basis and this was a priority. I knew nothing about how to start a nonprofit and I didn't even know where to begin. What I did know, though, was that I had to do something. So, I founded Pascal's Pantry, along with the help of my colleagues and friends who had been in that small community with me.

And, with this, the children's pantry was begun. Children are now being fed daily. A doctor is making regular visits to the community to assess the children and we are seeing positive changes in their health. Most recently, a community garden was begun and eggplant is being grown for use in the children's kitchen. There is the hope of much more progress as we continue to learn from the community and work with them. We do know there is much more work to be done, so today, I invite you to join us by showing your support and making a donation. Together, we will continue to make a difference.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,

committed citizens can change the world, indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead



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