Benaiah Burnich

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While at our SageView Advisory Group National Conference in January of 2013, I was introduced to an organization called Stop Hunger Now. The organization is an international hunger relief agency that has been around since 1998. They provide food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable. SageView set up teams to package and donate as many meals as possible within an allotted time frame. It is a true team effort that requires each person a specific “job”, that must be completed efficiently to keep the assembly line moving smoothly.

Later that year, our Kansas City team decided to replicate and add to the program. We booked an afternoon at the local Stop Hunger Now facility, where we could again package and donate as many meals as possible in that one afternoon. We asked our team to invite friends and family to join us. I thought this would be a great opportunity to teach my two sons the value of giving back. Bennett and Wyatt (ages 4 and 2) were assigned as “runners” to take the sealed bags of food, and run them over the to the individuals packing them in boxes. They thought it was a fun game to run back and forth helping the team complete our task. Every once in a while to this day, out of the blue, they will ask “Dad, when are we going to go make some more food for the people who don’t have any money?”. This inspired me to find additional charitable causes that I could involve my kids in. I think getting young people engaged in these types of activities is very important. I hope this inspires them as they get older to continue to give to those who need it more than them.