For the fourth year in a row, the 160 elementary students at Capistrano Valley Christian School came together in December to pack 15,000 meals for the hungry through our OneMeal program. These kids stepped out of their normal day and gathered around OneMeal packing lines to pack nutrition-rich meals for other school kids on the opposite side of the globe. Today those meals are making their way across the ocean to Paarl, South Africa, to preschools in the townships (or “shanty towns”) where young children gather each day to receive a warm meal and learn about their God who loves them.

Marnie Day, the CVCS elementary school principal said, “The timing of this project is perfect. As the world focuses on materialism, our students are able to focus on the real reason we celebrate Christmas, which is the birth of Jesus. Jesus loves and cares for us, and this project gives our students an opportunity to do that for students across the world.”

One of our favorite parts of the OneMeal program is the opportunity it creates on both sides of the ocean: for schools kids in the U.S. to learn to serve and love like Jesus, and for kids in impoverished countries to experience the love of Christ through a warm meal and the teaching of His Word.

You can make a qualified charitable distribution by using the "Make a Gift From My IRA" tool through your IRA custodian or consult with your employer’s human resources department to get the simple form to designate Kids Around The World (EIN #36-4007250) as a beneficiary of your retirement account.

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