This Saturday, hundreds of volunteers will converge upon Feeding Children Everywhere’s headquarters in Central Florida to help package 700,000 meals for Haiti. The celebratory atmosphere that characterizes all of FCE’s Hunger Projects will be in full effect with lentils flying, music booming and hairnets as far as the eye can see.
At the same time, 900 miles away, in Winchester, Virginia, a celebration of a different sort will take place as friends and family gather to remember John Burrow. A beloved former intern at FCE, John died on October 11 at the age of 25.
To honor his memory, his family started a personal fundraising page to help Haiti. Together, his mother Teasha, father Jimmy and sister Madisen hope to raise at least $10,000 — enough to provide 40,000 healthy meals for Haitians affected by Hurricane Matthew. The dedication on the page reads:
In loving memory of John Ross Burrow a former Feeding Children Intern that believed no one should go hungry.
Born in 1991 in Asheboro, North Carolina, John had applied for and dreamed of serving in the Peace Corps in Africa. He graduated from George Mason University in 2013, earning a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. He was a graphic design artist for Patricia Hord Graphik Design in Alexandria, Virginia, where he started as a freelance designer in November 2015.
Among John’s many friends, his best friends were his sister, Madisen, and his cat, Rain. He enjoyed all kinds of music, loved cooking, hiking, riding his bike, and most of all helping others.
John was a round-the-clock caregiver to his granddaddy, “O.C.”, until his passing. Always willing to lend a helping hand, he recently participated in a food packaging event with AARP in Washington, DC.
“John had a passion for helping … period,” his mom says. “He will always be known for his sense of humor, smiles, hugs and ability to make everyone feel loved.”
You can read more about John’s amazing heart and get details on his celebration of life service by clicking here.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions may be made in John’s memory at https://iam.feedingchildreneverywhere.com/johnrossburrow.