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They're Just A Bunch Of Little Doodles In A Kid's Notebook. So Why Is It So Upsetting?

Note: This #UpChat has concluded, but don't worry! You can check out our recap of the discussion below and here.This might not be news for some of you. For others, this might be the first time you've ever seen the facts on this issue. But this is real: Too many kids in the United States go hungry each and every day. And that's just incredibly messed up.So if you're as upset as I was after seeing these stats and you want to know how you can help, why not check out our #UpChat on child hunger on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. ET? We're talking solutions with our friends Unilever Project Sunlight and Feeding America, but, you know, only if you've got the time for a totally enlightening hour-long chat on Twitter. Wanna know more? The details are after the infographic. Boom, knowledged. (Already sold on coming to #UpChat? Share this post so all your friends will know and maybe even chat with us too!)But before I get ahead of myself, here's the thing you wanted to learn about in the first place...

They're Just A Bunch Of Little Doodles In A Kid's Notebook. So Why Is It So Upsetting?
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...And there's more! That's right, folks. If you're extra stoked about helping out (which, let's be real, you're awesome and probably beyond stoked), have I got something for you.


Upworthy is partnering with our good friends Unilever Project Sunlight to hold an #UpChat all about hunger in the U.S.! So mark your calendar for Thursday, Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. ET to meet up with us on Twitter, where we'll be hashing out the details (with hashtags!) and to have an enlightening chat about problems and solutions.

Have questions about what the heck an #UpChat is and/or how that works and/or how to pronounce "#"? No worries. Read on for more information!

So, um, where is this happening?

Um, somewhere amazing — otherwise known as the Internet (you know, the place where you're reading this right now) for an #UpChat!

Sounds great! But what exactly is an #UpChat? What's the deal here?

An #UpChat is just a casual chat on Twitter where we discuss a certain important topic. This particular #UpChat is brought to you by our pals at Unilever Project Sunlight and will be all about hunger in the U.S. and what we can do to help folks out. We'll be joined by a bunch of great partners, like Feeding America, and other fun people on Twitter (including you!) Basically, it's going to be really fun and really educational. And what's better than that? (Answer: nothing. #UpChats are the best.)

OK, can you tell me what I can do now?

I love your enthusiasm! The biggest, most crucial part of all this is to have people like YOU — yes, I am talking about YOU — join in and make your voice heard! Here are the three steps to get this educational party started:

1. Follow @Upworthy on Twitter.

2. Check out the #UpChat and #ShareAMeal hashtags on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. ET — and join in the conversation!

3. Check out all the awesome folks joining us on this handy dandy list we've compiled for you.

4. Share this post! If you're going, then share so other folks know you're coming! Can't go? That's cool too! Share this post so maybe your friends will stop by instead! The more, the merrier!

BUT I JUST CAN'T WAIT UNTIL THEN. I NEED TO DO SOMETHING NOWWWW.

I feel you. I kinda want to invent a time machine just so you and I can fast-forward to Oct. 16. But my cat ate my time-machine plans, so we're just gonna have to wait this out together. In the meantime, here's some awesome links to check out while you patiently wait for the #ShareAMeal #UpChat:

1. Learn more about child hunger here at Unilever Project Sunlight.

2. Watch this stunning, gut-wrenching video on a story that is unfortunately way too common.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.