|Young entrepreneurs aim to end hunger|
|Published Thursday, February 20, 2014|
FAYETTEVILLE – For Kwame Andrews Molden and Maurice Davis, money isn’t the sole reason they do business. Selling their merchandise is a way to give back to their community and feed the hungry.
Friends since childhood and now owners of their company, Springbreak Wood Watches, Molden and Davis donate a portion of every watch sale to their partner associations like No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit whose goal is to end hunger for children.
Springbreak produces a line of fashionable watches made from sustainable wood. Each watch sold provides up to 10 meals per child.
"That's kind of our purpose, to help end child hunger in America; that's our company's mission," Molden said. "The reason why we started our company was because we wanted to use our company as a vehicle for social change."
Springbreak Wood Watches will host a Bread For Life Day on Saturday.
The day was conceptualized by Molden and Davis, where bread of all types will be passed out to needy families. Their goal is to help children and families “who deserve more.”
Fayetteville natives, college roommates and fraternity brothers, Molden and Davis were always interested in building their own business. Davis' mother, a teacher, told the young men that child hunger was a problem within the school system. That's when they decided hunger was the issue they wanted to get behind.
"His mom told us that some kids come to school hungry," Molden said. "We discovered that it is a big problem, and it's affecting how they perform in school.”
They reached out to national companies with the same mission of ending hunger in America, but Molden said the larger organizations didn't want anything to do with them because their business was so small.
"If we couldn't donate a certain amount of money, then they didn't want us, which was kind of ironic," he said. "So we decided that this year, we were going to do something."
It was then that Bread For Life Day was born.
Springbreak Wood Watches has received over $1,000 in donations. Molden and Davis bought the bread, which will be distributed to various hosting sites. Springbreak partnered with The Hope Center, the City Rescue Mission, the Salvation Army and other local organizations.
Perkins USA, a food service management company, donated $500 to the cause. Fascinate-U, a local children's museum, donated 200 free admission tickets. Simon Temple AME Zion was one of the donation hosting sites.
"Everyone is concerned with what's going on everywhere else, but no one is concerned with what's going on here in the local community," said Candra Whitley, marketing director for Perkins USA. "It feels really good for us to know that we are able to have the means to help other people because, at some point, we needed help."
Davis, who currently serves in the army and recently returned from Afghanistan, said coming back home to Fayetteville is therapeutic after being at war.
"It's a good thing to get my mind off that (the combat community), and having a new start and new goals, and keeping me busy and keeping my mind away from some of the things I've seen over there," he said.
Davis said his faith in God and the way his parents raised him propel him to do good for his community, especially when as a business owner, “you reach a certain point” where you are financially able to give back.
"It's validation that me and Maurice are really doing something, we aren't just spending money," he said. "It just felt good versus just giving money. It felt like the right thing to do. It's at a point in our business where it just made sense.”
|I am incredibly impressed by these young men and hope they will have great success with their business.|
|Posted on February 21, 2014|
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