There have been a few questions that have been, um, frequently asked. Hence, the FAQ’s!
1. How do I give?
A: On Wednesday, MAY 29, click the links that we’ll provide to go to the CURE event page. Choose a child (or 3!) that you would like to help give a smile to. The CURE page will walk you through what to do.
After you’ve given, come back to the Facebook page and tell us that you shared. If you’re feeling brave, snap a picture of yourself, makeup-less and unshaven!
2. Do I have to wait until the day of the next event (MAY 29)? I have an important meeting and really need to look my best that day!
A: No biggie. Do it May 27. Or May 11. May 11 is actually a really good day, as it’s my birthday! The links and info will be up very soon to give you the ability to participate when you can. Just participate!
3. How do I know that this isn’t a scam?
A: Well, first, we (smallsacrifice) don’t actually touch any money. I think my grandmother is going to mail me a check because she doesn’t have a cell phone or a PayPal account, but other than that, we’re just traffic cops. We are simply directing the money to the organization that will make your money make a difference. For Share Your Lunch Day, we partnered with Feed My Starving Children, which has over 25 years of experience, and last year delivered over 150 million meals. They received an amazing 4-star and 69/70 rating from Charity Navigator, an esteemed independent charity rating site. Our partner for the smiles campaign is CURE International, which has almost 20 years and almost 2 million patients of experience. We pick partners that make sense so that you don’t have to do the legwork.
Please, feel free to reach out to Feed My Starving Children (contact info here) and CURE and ask them about the legitimacy of this endeavor.
4. For Share Your Lunch Day, where, geographically, does the food go? Does it stay in the US?
A: Some of the food may stay in the US, but most of the meals do not. From FMSC’s site:
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) targets feeding programs to children
who are in the most severe circumstances, those suffering from severe
malnutrition and threatened with death from starvation. The United
States does not have that level of hunger on a widespread basis. In the
past we have supplied food to an Indian reservation in South Dakota and
to those affected by Hurricane Katrina.
We have sent food to nearly 70 countries including Haiti, Sudan,
Jamaica, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Tanzania, Lesotho, Liberia, Ghana,
Guatemala, Malawi, Cambodia, East Timor, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, India,
Indonesia, Cameroon, Niger, Colombia, and El Salvador, and to Hurricane
Katrina victims in Louisiana, Mississippi and many more.
5. Are you affiliated with Feed My Starving Children or CURE?
A: No, we are totally independent. The toughest part of this journey has been finding a partner for this initiative that is reputable, reliable, and responsible. FMSC hits on all of these, and more. Here’s some reasons why we chose FMSC, and here’s some reasons that we’ve chosen to work with CURE.
6. How do I know that the SMLD food gets where it is going?
A: FMSC has only lost 2 shipments. In 20 years. That’s pretty good.
7. What do you get out of this?
A: We get to watch as kids get fed, lives get saved, people get empowered, and God moves. That, my friend, is rewarding.