Why I Give: Omar Rodriguez, MOM Board Member
(photo: We asked local kids why they need healthy food. Here's one reason they gave us.)
by Omar Rodriguez, MOM Board Member
Giving back to our community is a value that my family and I hold very near and dear to our hearts. As a first generation Mexican immigrant, raised by a single parent mother, I recall her often working two or three jobs to make ends meet. Although the love within our household was abundant, resources were often scarce. Regardless of her efforts, there were several occasions where we found ourselves eating rice and beans across several meals, as a means for survival. I am also reminded of times around the Holidays when we received food baskets, or other forms of support from generous members of our community. These blessings filled our home with the spirit of joy and memories that will last a lifetime. As a member of the MOM Board of Directors and Middleton Community, my family and I give to MOM in hopes of providing families with hope, joy and opportunity to break bread together, to create long-lasting memories. Through these acts, our children are also reminded of our humble beginnings, while experiencing the gift of giving and gratefulness for all of our blessings.
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