WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The non-profit group Hope Changes Everything along with hundreds of volunteers packed 85,000 meals for starving children in Haiti.
Founder Renee Hunter started the group after visiting Haiti and noticing a need to provide education to children. Then Hunter says she realized starving children would not be able to learn so Hope Changes Everything has two main purposes, ensuring children can eat and go to school.
“There’s a lot of people in Haiti that don’t eat for days at a time," said Wes Hunter, President of the organization. "That’s just the reality of the situation there. So if we weren’t packing those meals the likely scenario is they wouldn’t eat most days.”
The meal packing event at Coastal Christian High School brought out both community members and students, like high school senior Bella Lacci. She’s been helping pack meals since the event started at the school four years ago.
“I got to see first hand what the kids were going through," said Lacci. "It’s really sad to watch how some of them don’t know where their next meal is coming from.”
While packing groups would cheer and scream when a box was done, almost like they finished a semester of their hardest class in school. But, Hunter said it’s because they all understand how important each box is and the impacts they have, even though the end result might not be visible.
“You get in here and there’s this sense of accomplishment," said Hunter. "We’re doing something to make the world better, one box at a time. Every single box feels like the world got better, and its fun, the world is celebrating.”