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Today we filled our backpacks with old clothes and walked through the slums of Visakhapatnam. After giving all of our clothes away, we sat down with a family cooking dinner over coals. My friend Riley asked what was for their dinner, “Rice” they all responded. When we looked in the pot, stirred it around, there wasn’t anything on the spoon he scooped up twice. The little we saw was dissolving into the water. Their homemade home was behind them and they offered to show us inside. This sweet family of four, showed us their 1 bedroom house lit by one candle. The 2 kids didn’t even have enough clothes to cover themselves. The dad is a fisherman and makes just over a dollar a day. Enough to buy a little food for everyone. Walking down the streets of that area, we found dozens and dozens of similar families and it made our hearts sink. They are all such good people, who lack the opportunities and good circumstances we all enjoy. After giving their neighbor some clothes, we felt like we wanted to help them too. We bought them 1Kg of rice, so they could eat REAL food tonight, and we made a list of specific things they need, along with a few other families (HUGE bags of rice, bed sheets, shirts, pants, shoes, dresses, shorts...). Riley and I are going on a shopping spree to buy everything these families need for our last two days here in India. If you would like to help out some families in need, please donate. Even if you just send me a dollar, it will buy a whole family good food for 1 day.



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