July 25, 2010
Tonight I watched "America Now: Friends and Neighbors" on Dateline. This episode was about how those living in poverty have been affected by the Recession. Families were profiled from the southeastern area of Ohio. It was a tear jerker. Please go to the Dateline website here. Look through the slideshow and click on the videos. No matter what you feel about those living in poverty or how they got there, no one should go to bed hungry. The people profiled want jobs, they want to provide for their children and they want hope.
I needed to see this, not just to be thankful for what I have, but to see that I should be doing more to help others. Honestly no one living in America should be going to bed hungry and I mean no one. My father grew up in poverty and he went to bed hungry all the time. That was back in 1917. This is 2010. We should be able to feed everyone in this country. No matter what the economy, not one person should have to worry about where their next meal comes from as there are people such as myself that have more than enough to share. The bottom line is this, those living in poverty are the first to be affected by the Recession and the last to recover from it.
There have been a lot of challenges being made on several blogs that I follow and I want to throw out this challenge for the month of August. My challenge for the month of August for myself and for anyone else is to donate 10% of what money you spend on groceries to a food pantry or a charity that directly helps the poor. For many of us that amount would range from $25 to $40.
Let's make a difference and be diligent about giving to feed the hungry here in America.