August 6th 2017 is a day I will never forget. That was the day I woke up to hear the greatest news I have ever heard.
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On Sunday, I woke up and went over to my parents’ room to tell them good morning. My dad was looking at his phone and my mom had just got off the phone with one of my aunts in Burma. My mom had a huge smile on her face when she saw me. Even without my glasses on, I could tell she had good news for me. And that was when she told me.
“Sam, we were able to feed over 400 children in Burma today.”
At first I was confused. How were we able to feed the children when we’re here in the US? And then I remembered. My mom told me that for our birthday, we would be sending over $500 in donation to the monks in Burma. I couldn’t believe that the $500 we sent would be able to feed over 400 children. I stood there in shook and amazement. My mom told my dad to show me the pictures and there were pictures of the children sitting there at their round tables eating with so much food in front of them. I started crying with joy. Just seeing all the children eat like they’ve never eaten before. It filled my heart with so much joy because normally, the kids would only receive a small bowl of rice (not even full) and whatever curry their family had cooked for the week and that would be all they eat for that day. My mom told me that when the kids finished eating, they would ask for seconds and finish it all because the monks had taught them to finish everything in their bowl because it’s food and it’s a necessity. But since it happened very early in the morning, the kids got tired after eating so when it was time for prayer, they would bow before the monks but they wouldn’t come back up because they fell asleep.
To hear that these kids finished about 30 pounds of fried noodle for breakfast and lunch warms my heart. In the US, with $500, we could only feed three monks and that would be it. But seeing that we could feed hundreds in Burma with the same amount of money just brings me so much happiness. When I started crying from looking at the pictures, my mom told me that when she was talking to my aunt, she found out that there were so many kids at the temple because when kids turn 10, they are forced into the army, and families don’t want that for their children so they are sent to Yangon (or Rangoon) to learn from the monks until they are 20.
Normally I just read stories like this about others who have changed the lives of others. I’m proud to be able to say I’m one of them now too. My mom said next time, we’re going to have them make 50 pounds of noodles so more people in Burma can eat a proper meal.
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