For those who don’t know yet, I recently moved back to New York following a 3 year snow reprieve. Upon my return, I started doing the morning show at a new radio station, and was immediately overwhelmed with the sudden demands from a thriving sales department, my new brutal schedule -with a 2am wake-up call- and the daily rigors of marriage and motherhood. As you can imagine, I’ve been cranky and drained, and I was feeling pretty sorry for myself about 3 weeks ago, when I happened to receive an invitation to host an event for a local charity on Long Island. I grudgingly agreed to participate (because frankly, I was feeling like a charity case myself -no sleep, barely eating, and looking pretty disheveled at times when I’ve been too pooped to even comb my hair). Little did I know that charity event would change my outlook so significantly, and make me realize how lucky I really am.
Island Harvest was created in 1992 by a petite gal named Linda Breitstone -who’s heart is so big I’m surprised it fits in her tiny body! One day Linda noticed a local convenience store was throwing out a large amount of food at the end of the day. She asked the owner if she could take the food and donate it to a neighboring soup kitchen. The owner agreed, and Island Harvest was born. Since then, Island Harvest has become the largest hunger relief organization on Long Island.
I had no idea hunger was such an enormous problem just miles from the bright lights of Manhattan. It was even more heart-breaking to learn that more than four hundred thousand CHILDREN go to bed hungry at night. As I mother, I knew there was no turning back. I’ve become personally involved with the organization, and will continue to do whatever I can to spread their message. Toys are great for needy kids during the holidays, getting a new coat is wonderful for their parents, but a meal is something no one should ever have to go without.
I know I’ve got an endless amount of blessings to be thankful for this year.