“Thank You For What You Do!”

Published in Houston Food Bank’s “Generous Helpings

“A lot of kids are suffering, but they have too much pride to say, ‘I don’t have any food,’” explains John Robinson, club director at Finnigan Park Boys & Girls Club.

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 2.03.12 PMChildhood hunger is a painful reality that he sees too often. Thanks to your gifts to the Houston Food Bank, John also sees a better reality — one that fills him with hope for the future.

That’s because this summer, the Kids Cafe at Finnigan Park Boys & Girls Club will provide a hot, well-balanced meal, nutritious snack and enriching activities for nearly 200children and teenagers in need each day.

The program runs year-round to make up for the meals the kids aren’t receiving in their school’s cafeteria — whether it’s during the day in the summer or in the evenings throughout the school year. Because most of the children John and his team serve have difficult home lives, John knows they can’t always rely on their parents to provide food.

“When the kids go home, there’s nothing there,” he says.

John says the children love the meals they receive — and understandably so. He estimates that for about 30% of the children in the club, the food they receive at the Kids Cafe is all they eat, aside from the meals they eat at school during the school year. That means that during the summer, ensuring these children can enjoy a well-balanced meal is more important than ever.

Your gifts to the Houston Food Bank are vital to the growth and success of the children who visit this Kids Cafe. John says that without the generosity that keeps the Food Bank providing food to partner agencies like his, they simply wouldn’t be able to feed as many children as they do each day.

“Thank you for what you do,” John says of your generosity. “We really appreciate it here at Finnigan.”

FBHOU_webcard_printed_PAP332_APPROVED_MI 2015To get a free Prescription Discount Card benefitting the Houston Food Bank, download, print, email, or have a card mailed to you, here. Every time you save on your prescription, we make a donation to help provide meals for people like Jenny & her family. 

Watertree Health MVP Spotlight: Kelly Harding

Continuing Series…

11898673_10207545889104934_8025493807148365021_nKelly Harding from Montana is married with 5 children, 2 stepchildren, and 3 grand children. She is celebrating her 4th year with us at Watertree Health® this month. To help mark this milestone, we are celebrating Kelly as our July 2016 MVP!

Since joining, Kelly has become a core member of our training team and continually steps up to take on leadership roles. She has witnessed our company grow and transform into what it is today. When she started, our co-founder Matt Herfield was the host of our training webinars, now she’s taken over that role co-training new Reps. Clearly, a lot has changed! Kelly is known for her kindness, helpfulness, and ability to understand and share our culture with new Reps.

“When I was first introduced to Watertree Health, I was motivated to join because of the program benefitting the food banks. I was really close with my grandmother who was the only nurse in her small town without a hospital. She would continuously come to the aid of her community, and her giving spirit really resonated with me. I admired her and listened to her stories about helping people, which inspired me to help others in my work as well,” Kelly said.

Prior to Watertree Health, Kelly worked as a pharmacy technician and as a caregiver in an eldercare facility; these two experiences greatly influenced the work she does today.

Despite the fact that she has one of the toughest territories in the country, her commitment is unwavering. Kelly covers the entire state of Montana and parts of Washington, and Idaho. Most of her pharmacies are more than 1 hour away, and to visit all of them is approximately 3,000 miles of driving.

imagejpeg_0_3“She has never once complained about traveling or having difficulty out in the field. She is always extremely positive. I’m so proud that Kelly is our MVP—she is so deserving,” John, Kelly’s Director, said.

She has been able to help hundreds of Reps learn the ropes and the unique culture of Watertree Health, help hundreds of people in her community afford their prescriptions, and give back in other ways to her community. Three years ago, Kelly was directly involved in raising money for the 19 Prescott firefighter families who lost their lives in the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona.

“One of the men was from Montana, which really hit home for me,” Kelly said.

“Around Christmas, Watertree Health donated $18,000 and gave gifts to all the firefighters’ children. Lots of tears were shed,” John added.

She has also helped grant wishes to two children in Arizona who have life-threatening illnesses, through our program with Make-A-Wish®, and is also working towards granting wishes in her other territories.

Kelly said, “My favorite part of Watertree Health is the giving culture. I’ve never been a part of such an up-beat and encouraging team. They treat everyone like gold and it’s been an amazing experience. As challenging as it was in the first year, the culture kept everyone going strong. And, our President Shane is incredible; listening to him talk is like having a free motivational speaker every time.

In my first 6 months of working, I knew in the back of my mind that I was involved in something greater than myself. I didn’t see the magnitude, until I started visiting pharmacies. For example, one day I witnessed a man in his 20’s all bandaged up standing in line to fill his prescriptions. I could see that he was in tears because he couldn’t afford his medications. The pharmacist then used our card and saved him enough money to get them. That was game-changing for me.”

Thank you Kelly for all that you do for Watertree Health! We are so lucky to have such a hard-working, optimistic, and helpful person leading the charge!

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