With an Act of Selflessness, We All Can Start a Chain of Betters

My husband and I both grew up in families where giving back within our communities was something we were raised with.  That was instilled in our very being and something we were determined to emulate to our daughter when she was born and we started the journey of parenting.  Whether it was time, physical resources or money, we wanted to show her that small deeds of kindness and goodness can change lives.  In our very neighborhood and around the world.

The cause for eliminating childhood hunger is one that is near and dear to our hearts.  Over the years we’ve participated in a number of charitable programs that help feed hungry children.  But when we moved to Texas we found two that resonated with us strongly because they take place right here in our very own community, just a few minutes from our home.

Every week in summer our family goes to a local apartment complex and helps feed kids that get free school lunch during the school year.  hungerheroesMany of those children from 2 years to 16 years old are getting their only meal of the day through this program. It’s great to see these kids week after week and build relationships with them and get to know them better and encourage them to follow their passions and work hard in school.  It’s a wonderful service to do together as a family and reinforce to us all that we’ve been incredibly blessed to have food whenever we want.Some of the children we get to see again the next summer, and hear about their accomplishments.  It is so exciting to know that as a part of this program we are participating in a chain of betters for these children and our community.We also help as a family in an initiative called Feed the Hunger.1959832_10202196432010376_1461736989_nWe spend an evening packing and sealing food pouches.  1972527_10203870951072306_6474695804500133062_nSome of the pouches stay in our community and state for families here, and others get sent to Haiti.  We’re helping to feed children locally and abroad, so they can grow healthy, be educated and do great things with their lives.

In both these programs the food that we are serving and packing though, first needs to be purchased.  Which takes money.  

Western Union believes that when money moves, better things happen.  There’s a lot of truth to that.

With money:

A business expands. A family connects. A child goes to college. Emergency aid arrives the moment it’s needed. An economy prospers, an opportunity opens, a community heals.

This is what lies at the heart of the new Chain of Betters project. It’s an idea that empowers people with the opportunity to change the lives of others. As the money moves around the world, creating a chain of good deeds, together we can start to change lives in ways we wouldn’t have imagined was possible.

Take less than three minutes of your day and watch this video.  This isn’t just saying money moves for better. This is proving it, together.  While each of the three Chain of Betters acts are inspiring, having spent a gap year after high school working with children in India, the last one truly makes me want to start more #ChainOfBetters myself.  You just may find yourself inspired as well.


Moving money for better means moving money for a better world –creating value for individuals, businesses and for society.  Western Union does this with their customers together every day. The money sent by their customers to others can help to stimulate economies and make individuals’ lives more rewarding and fulfilled.

Now they need your help to grow the Chain of Betters.


Be the next link in Western Union’s Chain of Betters.   Tell them how you would make the world better for others at chainofbetters.com by November 30th (based on GMT).  Your selfless idea may be chosen and rewarded $1000 USD to make it become the first link in a Chain of Betters.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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