Often times we wonder if our children will make wise choices in life and whether or not the dreams, hopes and wishes that we have for them will ever come true. You have some children that steer away from the things that they have been taught growing up, while others bring you joy for the remarkable things they manage to do. Malique Daniels, sophomore at Chamblee High School and Senior Girl Scout in Troop 4105 will make any parent proud of the amazing event she succesfully planned and executed.
Last month, Malique planned a fundraiser to help raise canned goods in a very unique way. She hosted a “Can You Dance,” canned food drive/dance at the Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club. Over 100 children attended the event and they were all required to bring a canned good in order to gain entry. Malique’s ultimate goal was to help replenish the Salvation Army Atlanta Peachcrest Corps food pantry. Not only did this experience give the children that attend the Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club a chance to give back to the community, it raised awareness about the need for food in the South Dekalb community.
The event itself raised 241 cans, which helped restock The Salvation Army Atlanta Peachcrest Corps food pantry. Each week, the Corps disperses food to hungry Georgians in the South Dekalb community and because of Malique, more mouths were able to be fed. “We are so grateful to Malique for thinking about helping those in need. I’m amazed that a person so young would make an effort to impact a community so large,” said Lieutenant Valentina Cantu, Corps Officer for The Salvation Army Atlanta Peachcrest Corps.
We recognize Malique Daniels this week for being a shield for hunger. Georgia was one of only five states that exhibited statistically significant higher household food insecurity rates than the U.S. national average from 2007 to 2009. (Food insecurity is defined as access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle.
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