This year, Random Acts took on childhood hunger through the #RANoHungryChild movement. The mission continues with our latest endeavor, this time in Indiana with the agency, Horizon House. According to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, 5,258 people in Indiana faced homelessness each day in 2018. In the 2016-2017 school year, they reported that a staggering 17,863 students faced homelessness at some point during the school year.
Random Acts Director of Operations Jennifer Willis-Rivera used a portion of the money raised through the Random Acts Endure4Kindness (E4K) event to help out families in Indiana through Horizon House. This nonprofit provides shelter, laundry services, showers, food, and other services to those affected by homelessness and poverty.
Random Acts Helped Horizon House Make a Big Impact
Random Acts provided 18 families with several bags of groceries apiece. People suffering from homelessness find it difficult to eat well-balanced and healthy meals. Getting dinner off of the dollar menu at a fast-food chain is cheaper than shopping for fruits and veggies. These donations allowed families in the program to eat nutritious meals.
While some kids might groan at the sight of a banana, a young boy in an Irvington family was stoked when he smelled bananas in the grocery bags that Horizon House delivered to the family. The housing supervisor, Lillian Herbers-Kelly, was quick to point out where he could find them after he shouted, “I smell bananas!”.
How You Can Help
Even if a homeless population is not evident in your area, people in every community experience food insecurity. There are organizations like Horizon House all over the world to support. Whether you donate your time, money, or some extra food, there is always something you can do to help. If you’re short on ideas, you can check out the Random Acts Kindness Ideas page for inspiration.