WILLISTON, N.D. - The World Health Organization says more than 6,000 children across the globe die every day due to starvation. In Williston, community members are preparing an event that gives kids suffering malnutrition a second chance at life.
Feed My Starving Children is a nonprofit that holds Mobile Packs across America, run by volunteers who bag up hundreds of millions of meals containing life-sustaining ingredients.
2019 is the first year the demand for food has exceeded what FMSC can provide, and a Williston leadership team member, Randy Schlossin, thinks people of the Bakken can help shrink that shortage.
Watford City has hosted the event for the past three years, and Fargo for six, packing anywhere from 100,000 to 2.2 million 24 cent meals in only two days. Now, Williston needs at least 525 volunteers for its first event.
“I really want to see this event unify this whole area. We’re holding this at a Harley Davidson dealership. So, you’re going to have bikers, biker clubs, next to church folks, next to students, next to racecar drivers, next to whoever God brings together, because it’s a really unusual venue," said Schlossin.
The meals are shipped straight to children in more than 70 countries. Evidence of the ministry's success is documented on its website. One boy from Haiti named Nelson lives to tell his story. Malnutrition caused him to have rickets, and his parents put him outside in the sun to die because they thought nothing could be done.
“He was literally hours away from perishing. One of their ministries rescued this child, brought him into their orphanage, and brought him from not even being able to walk, to today he’s playing soccer. Eleven years later, you see the life-changing impact that these meals have on their bodies,” added Schlossin.
Williston’s Mobile Pack will be on February 21 and 22. To sign up, go to: http://fmsc.org/williston