Athletes team up with Compassion International to help 70K impoverished kids and their families

By The Christian Post

Tribin is a mother in Bangladesh who struggled to feed her little girls. | Courtesy of Compassion International

Amid COVID-19, Christian humanitarian organization Compassion International is partnering with pro athletes for the Fill the Stadium initiative to fund tens of thousands of impoverished children whose sponsorships have been affected by the pandemic.

In an interview with The Christian Post, Fill the Stadium spokesperson Ken McKinney revealed that the coronavirus pandemic impacted or delayed the sponsorships of an estimated 70,000 children across 25 countries.

“With COVID and all the shutdowns, we had over 1,200 fundraising events canceled between sporting events, churches and conference tours,” he said. “So, we ended up with 70,000 children, newly entered into our programs, who we didn't have any access to help raise funds to support.”

“There’s a huge hunger crisis out there: people suffering from extreme poverty, children dying from hunger because of the economic impact of the pandemic,” he added. “It occurred to us that 70,000 is the capacity of the average pro-football stadium. We realized that we had a stadium-sized problem with kids in poverty and that we really needed to find a way to stand in the gap."

Source:The Christian Post