'Tis the season: Feed My Starving Children reaches giving goal

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COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- No question, it is the season of giving. 

And according to one Minnesota-based organization, that's exactly what people have been doing to help those in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa.

This summer, Feed My Starving Children set a goal of sending five million meals to the famine-stricken section of East Africa.  This week, they announced they reached that goal and more: sending nearly 11 million meals to the region by the end of the year.

"There are those moments when you just stop and you've got to be so grateful for the response and what we're able to do," said Mark Crea, CEO of Feed My Starving Children.

Crea said the overwhelming response was due to the generosity of volunteers, donors and corporations, such as Wells Fargo.  Still, Crea -- who himself traveled to the region this fall -- said the need there remains great.

"When you're on the ground, and you see what six years of no rain really does to a country and a people, it is a magnitude that I really hadn't experienced," Crea said.

"One of the big pleas that I would have is for Minnesotans to not forget about this six months from now or three months from now, because we still are going to need to respond with a lot more food and give our partners who are on the ground that ability to start rebuilding," he said.

On Saturday, dozens of volunteers were doing their part to help those in the region -- among them, Tiffany House.  The nursing student from Forest Lake said filling bags of food is the least she can do.

"It's just giving, and it doesn't take a whole lot," she said, adding, "We always have plenty of food on our tables, and most of them don't have anything."

If you'd like to learn more about Feed My Starving Children and how you can help, just check out their website, at: http://www.fmsc.org/ 

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