Global Impact Month (GIM) touches lives. Celanese employees provide everything from basic human needs to educational opportunities and emotional support throughout the world. I feel blessed to work for a company that embraces and supports the goodness of the human spirit.

On Tuesday, September 10th, we had the privilege to participate in a GIM event in my hometown, Princeton, West Virginia. Amy’s House of Hope by Warm a Heart, Give a Bed hosts community dinners for the homeless and less fortunate in the area. Celanese, in conjunction with Christian Catering and the Lady Red Devils girls’ softball team, was honored to provide and serve a nutritious meal to those in need. 

Fred Kinder, the director of Warm a Heart, Give A Bed prepared the adult and youth volunteers in our group by telling us a little about the people we were about to see. He said that several of them are homeless, living out of their cars or on the streets. He said there were others barely living paycheck-to-paycheck and that the meals they receive at Amy’s House of Hope may be the only hot, nutritious meals they get all week. I thought, “Here is our chance to do something for those who truly need it most.” Little did I know, we needed it too.

What I saw on September 10th touched my heart deeply. Indeed, we saw the people he described in our own community! We served more than 40 people on-site, with many others who took meals with them for people who were homebound. In addition, we packaged the remaining meals, and Fred took those meals to people living under a local bridge. Can you imagine living under a bridge? 

As our team prepared the food, served meals, played with small children and visited with those who came in need, I thought “How, in our world with plenty, did our community end up here?” When we think of hunger and lack of nutrition, sometimes we think of countries far away from home. However, sometimes we don’t have to look very far to see people who are hungry or people who must choose between paying their electric bill and buying groceries. That day, there were folks who were hungry and in need, who didn’t have to make that choice because this group stepped up to make TODAY better. Every day matters!

I would like to challenge all of us, as people who don’t have to worry about where our next meal is coming from, to reach out and help provide basic human needs to our fellow man. Not just for them, but for you. Reach out to your local shelters and food banks. Help build homes for those who need a place to live. Reach out to children who need hope and education. Remember, every small act of kindness matters.