2:38 p.m. CST, February 16, 2013
Numana, Volunteer Kansas, and KWCH teamed up Saturday afternoon to help feed hungry kids in Haiti. Hundreds of people filled the Kansas Colliseum to pack beans and rice into bags as fast as they could, hoping to break a world record.
“Whether we make a record or not, 800 children who are very hungry in Haiti, will have food for over a year,” said Edie Howard, Numana spokesman.
Children who have not had food at school since September. The need sank deep into the hearts of many Wichitans, motivating them to help.
Coda Baker spent his 9th birthday on an assembly line, helping his mom seal bags.
“I thought it would be fun to help break a world record and also help the people that don’t have that much food,” he said.
Coda’s mother, Kendra, is very proud of her son, but not surprised by his generosity.
“We watched the news in the morning and he saw a story about asking for volunteers and he said that’s on my birthday,” she said. “I think that’s what I want to do.”
Coda says a building full of giving people beats a room full of presents.
“If you’re getting presents you’re just getting stuff for yourself and I’m actually helping other people,” he said.
“What we do here is equally amazing for the volunteers,” Howard said. “It’s truly, I believe, a gift to give, an even greater gift to give than to receive it.”
A group in Canada broke the standing record on Friday with more than 350,000 meals packaged. Wichita volunteers busted that record by more than 120,000 bags. The total came to 479,034.
“I feel really proud of Wichita,” Howard said. “What they’re doing today is outstanding.”
Staff from the Guinness Book of World Records were on site to document the new record.