Killingsworth Agency reached their goal of 500 votes + shares and won a $10,000 donation from Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance for Operation HeartF.E.L.T, whose mission is to provide food security to children in Hernando County, Florida. Congrats to the team and thank you for supporting them!
For a child, food security is the first ingredient to healthy physical, emotional and intellectual development. Yet for too many children, a predictable meal schedule is a luxury. In Hernando County, Florida, Operation HeartF.E.L.T. (Feeding Empty Little Tummies) is doing something about it. At maximum financial capacity with its board on a fully-volunteer basis, this nonprofit serves half of all the schools in the county – they hope to serve all the children in the region who need it. Killingsworth Agency, in the county’s largest town of Brooksville, is one of Operation HeartF.E.L.T.’s most ardent supporters.
Putting anything and everything into the cause
Since Operation HeartF.E.L.T. was founded in 2009, Killingsworth has been there to volunteer time, funds, staff and even real estate to the important cause of feeding Hernando County’s children. In fact, nearly half the agency regularly volunteers, packing and delivering weekly food backpacks, taking part in fundraisers and donating and collecting food.
“Whenever there’s something that needs to be done for Operation HeartF.E.L.T., there is always someone here at the agency who steps up and volunteers,” said Danielle Healis, a Managing Partner at Killingsworth Agency and a board member for Operation HeartF.E.L.T.
“Whenever there’s something that needs to be done, there is always someone here at the agency who steps up and volunteers.”
-Danielle Healis, Managing Partner, Killingsworth Agency
Every meal has the power to change a life
This organization has seen meteoric growth over the last decade. They’ve ballooned from providing weekly meals for six families at a single school to a local mainstay that supports 300 families a week. This highlights a sad but valid truth: these services are essential. Regardless of how big that number gets however, the Killingsworth team has never lost sight of the human impact of each donated food-filled backpack.
“A young boy sitting in the audience at one of our school presentations came up afterwards to ask me for a hug,” said Healis. “He thanked us, sharing that his family did not have much money – that if it wasn’t for his backpack, he wouldn’t have a lot to eat.”
There’s no pandemic shutdown for hunger
In Florida, more rapid school re-openings and furloughed parents mean even more children in need of food. Operation HeartF.E.L.T. has been firing on all cylinders throughout the pandemic to meet this need, but has had to shift efforts completely to donations.
“The idea that children in our own community are hungry is unthinkable to me. No child in this country or in our community should ever worry about food,” said Pattie Stepbach, Chairperson of Operation HeartF.E.L.T. “COVID-19 has impacted our fundraising opportunities so any donations we receive will go a long way.”
“The idea that children in our own community are hungry is unthinkable to me.”
-Pattie Stepbach, Chairperson, Operation HeartF.E.L.T.
Operation HeartF.E.L.T. is on a constant journey to ensuring no child is hungry in their region. The organization puts nearly every dime they receive towards food, so $10,000 truly means 10,000 meals. Your vote for Killingsworth Agency can make that possible!
Such a fantastic organization.
What a way to be of service to humanity ❤️
Let’s go operation heartfelt!!! Love your work for the community.
Love operation heartfelt I support them every time I can.
Thank goodness for OPERATION HEARTFELT! <3
A wonderful cause! Thank you Killingsworth and Operation Heart F.E.L.T.
What a great cause! Love the work Killingsworth is doing for the community.
Great work. Thanks for all that you do.
Great job team!
Thanks to everyone!
Hernando County students are blessed to have such a great support group
Love this charity!
Let’s go. Great job!
Keep up the wonderful work!
They are so deserving!
We are so close this is so exciting!
This will be amazing if they win!
What a great team of people!
Almost there! Keep helping this great group!
Lets help them win this!
Great group of people!
What a great idea. Good cause!
This is a great organization!
Danielle is awesome!!!
Hola Lisa Waldron at Killingsworth!
Hoping you all get the help you need to keep helping!!
What a wonderful service to our community!
Well done Killingsworth group! Good luck with your goal
Thanks Kevin, Lacie, Kai and the rest of the team for being stellar humans.
Operation Heartfelt makes such a difference in these Children’s lives
So many caring and committed people executing daily to help children have proper nutrition!!
Awesome people doing important work. Great job!!
Great job !!!
Great work for such a worthy cause.
Come on everyone! We can do this!
Fantastic job! Thank you!
Always appreciated! Congrats! ❤️
Thank you for giving back!
Wonderful story & cause!
Not surprising to see the amazing team at Killingsworth involved with such a heartwarming initiative! This is so very touching and just another reason why we are beyond proud to partner with Killingsworth!
Making a difference! ❤️