Tonight on the broadcast Don Teague and I will bring you our "Making a Difference" report for this week. The tiny town of Brighton, Iowa is an unlikely place to find a news story, but we found a good one there.
Don Fields and his wife Sandee are trying to work themselves out of a job. Their mission in life, "their calling" in their words, is to wipe out hunger everywhere on the planet. They organize one satellite operation of "Kids Against Hunger," an organization whose prepackaged meals are financed, packaged, shipped and delivered all with private donations and volunteer labor.
As Don says, "I tell them we're saving lives. This packet of food that you are putting together is probably going to go to somebody someplace that hasn't had anything to eat, maybe in a state of starvation and dying. You are making a difference. You are saving a life."
His wife of 39 years, Sandee, says, "We were able to speak into people's lives because we fed them first."
What is most amazing about their operation is the labor pool. It's mostly children doing the assembly work, from church groups, schools, civic organizations. The Fields say they want to make their operation mobile, to take the assembly process out to the community. Fields also says he wants to expand beyond Brighton.
"We can use Iowa as a prototype and we can go to Illinois and say, 'look what we did, let's do it,' and we help them and get them set up and they help someone else and it's a domino effect. Within a year's time, it's unbelievable what we can do."
In the spirit of full disclosure, I was born and raised in Iowa. It's no accident Iowa is called the heartland. Don and Sandee Fields' work, their mission, comes only from the heart.