Rallying To End Child Hunger With A Depeche Mode Twist!
But, thanks to the guy who crashed his car into mine on May 2nd, and my subsequent not-so-fun trip to the UCLA emergency room, we missed out on fellow Los Angeles’ blogger Andrea Fellman of Savvy Sassy Moms ’s neighborhood rally, a super fun “ice cream social” with all proceeds benefitting the ConAgra Foods Child Hunger Ends Here campaign benefiting Feeding America
Andrea’s rally epitomized the heart of the campaign -raising awareness about the problem of child hunger since nearly one in four children in America experiences it, and then doing something about it on the community level. As Andrea shares on her blog, some ice cream vendors weren’t down to help out the cause (and were downright rude!) but mom-owned Los Angeles ice cream truck company King Kone came through and agreed to donate their tasty treats.
Andrea spread word about the rally through her blog and on Twitter – that’s how I found out about it. She also used low-tech methods like passing out invitations at her daughter’s school pancake breakfast and setting up a table for donations in case people couldn’t make it.
Every dollar Andrea raised = seven meals for kids. I know of at least 14 other bloggers nationwide who also hosted neighborhood rallies that were just as fun and impactful. They each made their rallies fun and simple.
Two others I really liked were Chicago-area blogger Tamara from The Unexperienced Mom’s idea to set up a donation table at an Earth Day Event, and Courtney Velasquez from Detroit Mommies idea to get a local restaurant to co-host her rally and donate 5% of its take from one night to the cause.
During the school year, 19.5 million children receive free or reduced-price lunches through the National School Lunch Program, but only 2.2 million children receive meals during the summer months through the Summer Food Service Program.
Whether the gap is 17 million kids or even half of that number, too many kids struggle with hunger during the summer months. Because of this, please consider registering to host your own rally. Every dollar raised and donated online will stay in your community to help kids in need.
Any event you’d like to host in your community – a block party, a BBQ, a beautification or community garden effort, even a garage sale to get rid of junk, can turn into a rally. The Child Hunger Ends Here website has a great toolkit that will walk you through all the simple steps to host your own. It’s not too late to get on board.
Since I couldn’t attend the rally at Andrea’s house, how about we do a virtual one here on Los Angelista… And how about we have a Depeche Mode theme for it!
If you know anything about me, you knew this was coming didn’t you? Besides the band does lots for charities around the world so I know they’d be on board to attend if they could!
Ending Hunger With Depeche Mode and Los Angelista
For every comment individual readers leave on this post sharing why they think Depeche Mode is such a fantastic band, $1 dollar will be donated on behalf of Los Angelista to the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign, up to $100!
OK, even if you don’t exactly love Depeche Mode –the thought that you don’t is confusing to me- but for the purposes of this rally, roll with me and find SOMETHING to love about them because that $100 we could raise will buy 700 meals for kids. You can even say you think their leather jackets in that picture are super hot! C'mon, it's for the kids!
Spread the word – it takes 30 seconds to leave a comment and kids will benefit from it. We’ll close our rally on June 1st. I hope you all decide to attend – hungry kids need us to participate!
*I'm working with ConAgra Foods on this campaign but all thoughts and Depeche Mode references in this post are my own!
Depeche Mode got me through a tough time in my life and have continued to encourage and comfort and inspire me for 25 years. Great music, great lyrics, great live shows and one simply adorable guitarist. <3
Depeche Mode is the greatest band of all time. Nobody is sexier than Dave Gahan and his baritone voice, and the complex and deep writing skills Martin L. Gore possesses are unmatched. I identify with DM's lyrics and music and having loved them fiercely for twenty years, their music has become the soundtrack to my life. Viva Depeche!
(P.S. I am @depmodechick on Twitter & YouTube)
Also, the captcha for this message is related to the band. If random, that is awesome.
I love Depeche Mode because they have been one of my life teachers, they have showed me how to love, think, believe and to listen to music. They(Dave, Martin, Andy and Alan) are great souls, and I know that they will be proud that their name is being used with a good cause.
Since knowing Liz, I've listened to their past and recent music. And I have to say I like them. Odd for a girl who didn't know them not so long ago.
From Wikipedia: According to EMI, Depeche Mode have sold over 100 million albums and singles worldwide, making them the most successful electronic band in music history.
No - seriously - it's great music. How can you not?
And because I've discovered more amazing music through them.
I have never been as into Depeche Mode was you are: I just like a few of their songs. I think theyre the more "mainstream" ones too: "Enjoy the Silence" and "Personal Jesus". But all my FB/twitter friends know Ive been rocking out to my newest find "World in My Eyes".
Yeah, I know, Im hella late.
But that song just does something to me. Makes me wanna dance with pretty boys and do licentious things with them -whooo-hoooo!!
So thats why I enjoy Depeche Mode...because they have written some kick-ass songs that bring back fond memories of college, as well as songs that conjure fond - and impure- thoughts in the present!
DM is the soundtrack of my life...
I see my life reflected in DM's Songs...
I hate child hunger because it's stupid.
that has to be some extra good for both of you, even if they aren't aware of it.