Did you know that just by answering some multiple choice questions when I’m watching mindless reality shows in the evening, I am feeding starving people around the world? At Freerice.com, for every correct answer I choose, 10 grains of rice are donated through the World Food Program to end hunger. There are multiple subjects to choose from, so depending on my mood, I can either stick with a sure thing (multiplication tables) or challenge my memory with subjects studied eons ago (French vocabulary).
I am under no illusion that I am going to single-handedly stamp out world hunger via this website. According to my very lazy calculations (I measured out a serving, counted and piled up 100 grains, then scraped together similarly-sized piles until it was all gone), there are somewhere around 2500 grains of Uncle Ben’s in one 1/4 cup (uncooked) serving. But if a hungry child gets even one serving of rice because of my efforts, well, that’s one more serving than he would have had if I hadn’t logged on.
In an attempt to overwrite all the negative feelings I have about April I have made a pledge to complete 26 random acts of kindness this month. Reporting on these acts is the theme of my participation in this year’s April A to Z Challenge. If what you read here inspires you to commit your own RAoKs this month, please share what you’ve done in the comments. Together, we can rewrite April’s legacy!
If you’d like to check out how some other bloggers are responding to the A to Z Challenge, click here. Beware, there are 2048 participants at the time of this posting…I accept no responsibility for the hours you are likely to lose once you start browsing! 🙂