40 Acts of Kindness - Lenten Gifts

Meet Dean Quinn, a resident of Houston, Texas, who listens to religious channels on SiriusXM and recently became familiar with Mary’s Meals.

Many people choose to “give up” something for Lent but, in February, when Dean heard Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, our founder and chief executive, interviewed by Father Dave on Busted Halo, he was inspired to instead “give something” as part of his Lenten observance this year.

“I was moved by Mary’s Meals mission, vision and values,” Dean (pictured) says: “Upon hearing Magnus speak about the hungry children Mary’s Meals was providing a daily meal for, I thought of Jesus’ words in Matthew 25; ’I was hungry and you gave me food…whatever you did for one of the least of these…you did for me’.

“When I heard that $19.50 feeds a child for an entire school year I immediately thought this is what I will do, what I will give, for Lent! I will make a daily donation of $19.50 every day.”

Dean considered making a single donation of $780 to cover the 40 days of Lent. “I can do the math,” he explained.  Instead he decided to make a daily donation of $19.50, taking a moment each day during Lent to pray for the children he hoped would benefit from each contribution, and for all hungry children.

Dean says: “I have never been hungry or not known where my next meal is coming from – and this realization is part of the reason why supporting Mary’s Meals’ work with some of the world’s poorest children is so important to me.”

Dean’s Lenten generosity will ensure that 40 hungry children can enjoy daily meals in their place of education for an entire year, but his commitment to Mary’s Meals will not end on Easter. He is eager to learn more about our work by watching award-winning documentaries Child 31 and Generation Hope, and reading Magnus’ best-selling book The Shed that Fed a Million Children. He also hopes to broaden support for our mission by reaching out to others and inviting them to become part of the Mary’s Meals movement.

Daily meals help children like these to learn and thrive

The kindness and generosity of supporters like Dean enables us to keep our promise of a nutritious daily meal to those children already enrolled in our school feeding programme and – as funds allow – reach out to the next hungry child waiting for Mary’s Meals.