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Peanut Butter and Jelly :: One Student working to Feed Many
A Flyer from Operation Peanut Butter and Jelly
It is called "Operation Peanut Butter and Jelly
One young man in Boca Raton, Florida has taken it upon himself to start a charity to feed classmates and their families. This fourteen year old is making a difference in his own back yard.
Any of you who have read my hubs may have noticed that this is an effort after my own heart. I have said before, it starts with you! You can make a change in the world! All you have to do is start where you are. So for any nay sayers, may I present to you a youth about whom my fifteen year old son said: "He's gonna go far in his life."
Jesse Darrow has started his own website to take donations, the link is below. He does the shopping for his classmates, he has garnered a host of volunteers to aide him in his quest.
But I will let his interview on WPTV tell this story. That link will take you to the Channel 5 page and to the right you may view the interview. It is not on YouTube yet, although that should not surprise me as good news like this probably doesn't get many views.
I was sure to post a comment, and please do so also. When I found this page, although the news was days old, no one had made a single comment. This is why we don't hear good news as often as we should, would you report news that no one bothered to comment on?
On the web site Jesse is listed as co-founder, possibly because he is underage.
Something to be said about Teenagers
In this day and age it is refreshing to see a teenager take an interest in his community. Currently providing weekend meals for the entire families of students currently numbering in double digits, Jesse's goal is more than one school. If you have not watched the video you have missed out.
You see him smile as he describes his goal: (This copied from the article, linked above)
"Being a student of Boca high school I saw that the need was even greater. Lots of these kids had siblings that were on these programs and they gave up meals of their own to give to their family members. As opposed to giving enough food for the student we give double, and triple and quadruple meals so that every single person in their family can get breakfast, lunch and dinner for both days Saturday and Sunday," Darrow said.
Jesse is able to help students through fundraising. He also has a web site where people can make donations.
"Right now we are helping between, we've had short days of around five students in the beginning and we have had big days of a little bit more than 20, but it's projected to be more than 50 students. I think I am making a huge difference if we just helped one student but the fact that I am doing 10 or 20 or maybe even 50 or so is unbelievable to me," Darrow said.
Jesse is a boy making a difference one classmate at a time.
Notice Jesse mentions that his fellow classmates were giving up meals of their own to feed their siblings. Yes, the economy has gotten that bad. Does it take our children to point out the real problems plaguing our country?
Why has it become the responsibility of our children? They are our future! No matter what finger is pointed at them, the "Look how they dress" or "Listen to how they talk" fingers pointed at the youth of today, they are the future of this country, indeed of the world.
Jesse Darrow recognizes that fact and he is doing something about it. Please take the time to join his fight, either by donation , volunteering, or finding out how he started, and starting a chapter in your community.
Don't let this good news die in the back pages.
An E-Mail from Jesse Updating facts
I have copied this from an e-mail from Jesse to me.
I just found the article and I would like to thank you so much for everything you said about me and OPJ. It is funny how the youth sometimes do need to take the health of others into their own hands.
If you'd like to know, we are providing over 24,000 meals annually, for every 20 families that participate. I'm so happy so many people saw the interview and are getting as moved by it as I am every day of my life working with OPJ.
Thank you for your words, support, and love for OPJ. I hope to talk to you again soon,
P.S. I call myself the Co-Founder, because without the support of the community and people like you, OPJ would have never been possible. So I give credit where credit is due, and respectfully label myself as "Co-Founder" along with the community.
P.S.S. I am going to put your article on my website if it's alright with you, along side WPTV's article and interview which is already on there.
OPJ Co-Founder & Freshman