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(KYTX) - "Glocal Giving Day" is happening in the CBS19 parking lot Wednesday morning.

The word "glocal" merges "global and local" together. That's what this event is about- raising food for East Texans, locally, and monetary donations to feed impoverished children in Africa, globally.

$1 feeds a child in Nairobi, Kenya for a whole week. The money goes toward feeding programs in slum schools. For most students, it's the only time they get to eat during the day.

"A lot of these children are so hungry, they sniff glue just to get rid of the hunger pains."

Wendi Rees and her brother started No Hungry Children in 2010.

"If they're not in one of our schools that have a feeding program, their whole existence in the day is to try to find food."

After seeing these heartbreaking stories of hunger in Nairobi, Kenya firsthand, Rees says they knew they had to do something to help.

"As a mother, the thought of my child not being able to eat in the day, I can't even process that in my brain. And, these are somebody's babies."

Rees says these children are often orphans. Their parents have either died or are too sick to take care of them.

"So, you know, somebody has to do that, and when you can do that for $1 per week, it's really hard not to want to help."

Rees says the goal of No Hungry Children is to not only fund feeding programs in Africa, but also to feed these students spiritually.

"The reward is just so much greater than what we're giving. And, you know, it just goes to show that when the Bible says 'it is more blessed to give than to receive,' that is the truth."

But, make no mistake, Rees says these children are more than appreciative.

"They are the most grateful children I've ever been around."

"That really impacted me." says Jamey Felton with No Hungry Children. "And, to know that I'm helping toward that cause is just very gratifying."

Felton says she tries to instill that kind of gratitude in her own children.

"Not everyone is as fortunate as you are and as blessed as you are, so be thankful for what you have and help those who don't have what you have."

Rees says those with No Hungry Children hope to raise as much money as possible tomorrow so they can continue to feed these students. They would also like to be able to add more schools on feeding programs because right now, there is a waitlist of them wanting to get this kind of help.

Glocal Giving Day will be from 5:30 in the morning to 10:30 at night Wednesday, May 8th. You can stop by right here at the station at Troup and the Loop in Tyler to drop-off non-perishable and monetary donations.

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