Numbers can tell many things. For example, what exactly does 276 for 130 mean anyway? Is it $276.00 for 130 somethings? Or 276 for $130.00?
Last Friday we had our Annual Read Virginia day at Wise Primary. At the end of the event, several of our folks stayed behind to hand out books, pencils, coloring books, and crayons to the students. During this time, they noticed that the lady who had helped coordinate the reading event was distributing boxes containing food to 130 kids so they could take home a meal. The PVNB team then jumped in to help deliver the meals around the school as well.
That was 130 kids, who without the support of the Lunchbox 276 program, would go hungry that weekend. Out of the 575 students at that school, nearly one in four could go hungry that weekend without those meals being sent home with them. I was moved. It reminded me of my time in New Orleans when I gave money to a man on the street and the look in his eyes back at me was the look of God.
Right about now, you may be thinking: “Leton, this problem is so big; what can I do that would really make a difference?” I understand it is hard. But, what if you (and me) did one meal for one kid for one weekend? Just once. See how it goes. Then maybe do one meal for one kid once a month for 12 months. See how it goes. Perhaps no one else will know what you do, but somewhere a child will not go hungry the weekend you support the Lunchbox 276 program. That child would know that people care, that a community bank cares.
“Letters From Leton” is a blog series comprised of the weekly updates that Leton Harding – President, Chairman, and CEO of Powell Valley National Bank, shares with the Bank’s team members. These newsletters are full of uplifting anecdotes and intriguing insights that are applicable beyond the Bank, so we want to share them with you.