How You Changed Sam’s Life

You make a difference in the lives of children and families every day.

At nine years old, Sam was struggling to survive. In the last year, he had lost his dad and his home. He was borderline diabetic, struggled in school and didn’t sleep well. His family of six was living in a cramped motel room. One rainy afternoon, he and his mom walked into a local pantry tired, hungry, and wet.

“Can I get you some dry clothes?” asked Stephanie Bowman, founder of One Heart for Women and Children, a Second Harvest Food Bank feeding partner in Orlando. Sam stared at the floor.

“Why would you help us?” his mom asked.

“That’s what we do here,” Stephanie explained.

Sam’s eyes lit up when he saw the shelves. He grabbed bananas, then oranges and avocados. “Mom, can we eat this for dinner? I don’t want any more fast food.”

“If we could afford it, we would eat like this every day,” his mom said.

Erika, thanks to your support, Sam and his family were able to receive food assistance while they looked for more stable housing.

Nine months later, Sam and his family are back on their feet. His mom found a job in Jacksonville, he earned a straight “A” report card, and he has no sign of diabetes.

A personal note from Sam: “Thank you for helping us. Thank you for believing in me.”

On behalf of thousands of our neighbors in need who you help daily, thank you for caring.

P.S. It would mean so much if you would support our Central Florida neighbors in need on #GivingTuesday.

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