Thursday, December 4, 2014

Fighting Hunger

It is sad to hear of someone ever in need. More alarming is it even sadder when it is a young child who has little control over their life. During the holidays many of us don't even consider what we spend or eat to make that holiday one of the best for our families. A holiday to remember, which can be made even more memorable.  Christmas could become year round with a simple extension of giving. You can donate food or cash to a local food bank and keep their shelves full. It is too easy to do, and if you like you can even work at one or help serving meals at a number of locations around your community.

I have fun going shopping  for articles they need most. I have a fun time filling my cart with  things I know will help someone in need. In my tiny area the local food pantry serves over 5800 families, with over three quarters of them families with children. In larger cities this can become very bleak with higher rates of homelessness and many who are afraid to ask for help. Thanksgiving Day I saw over 3700 people attend  a free meal a local restaurant hosts. The new owners carried on the tradition after the previous owner succumbed to cancer, serving her final meal, yet unable to eat. She went and lay in the back many times, but stayed on the front just to see the smiles of many she knew through the years.

We need to open our hearts to help this world become better. The pen can be mightier than the sword when you approach others to join you in a simple effort to enrich your community. Here in the states there are many efforts to help put gifts under a tree, but your individual effort can become one of the best. There are many outlets you can check with to find families you can help individually. Just knowing you did something extra for someone should make your holiday brighter. If you can't think of a good gift for someone you know, give  a contribution in their name.  Help is what can make someone get ahead to possibly start back helping themselves again.

                              Peace, love and happiness to all carried on a gentle prairie breeze.



16 comments:

  1. Hi OOTP - thanks so much for this and for nailing down the main points and essentials we need to think about at this time of year. Very interesting to read about your area ... and I know you do your bit.

    Last year was not easy .. this year for many and more it is worse ... giving regularly and giving a little in one's community - opens the doors to feeling better all round ... by the giver, the receiver ... and then their friends and perhaps the bright idea for a job/ or entrepreneurial concept ...

    Cheers - lovely post .. thank you - Hilary

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  2. This is a gorgeous, heart-felt post that is spot-on. Thank you for not just caring but being pro-active about helping those in need. It's sometimes hard to believe that this is the United States when I read over l/4 of our children are homeless and one in four goes to sleep hungry at night. Surely 320 million people can do better than this!

    Our local supermarket has a section with basic food items (plus a treat, like canned fruit) already in bags for either $6 or $8, all at below cost for the store that then turns the bags over to a local charity for distribution. A clerk told me they can't replenish the bags fast enough as shoppers are so generous. That made me feel good. However, go 20 mile outside this "pocket" we live in and there is the most unspeakable poverty. It goes on and on and on, all in the rural North Carolina countryside (where we now live) dotted with small towns with shuttered stores and empty streets. This poverty is blind to race. This poverty is deep. There are so few jobs here (yes,counter-image, greed and outsourcing are alive and well in NC), I can't help but wonder where this is leading. Our country is only as strong as its weakest link.

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  3. A great post, Steve. Thank you for this.

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  4. It is criminal that we, in this land of plenty allow children to go hungry. This has been a battle cry of mine for years. This is a powerful post and I thank you.

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  5. I think this is a great way to celebrate the holidays by giving to those who need it most.

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  6. Cheers to this post. We have a food pantry here that is always full. A coat, glove and scarf drive and a giving tree. You pick a card and buy what the child or family needs. It does feel good to give. I couldn't imagine a big town. Our population here is 1800. Tiny little town.
    Cheri

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  7. This is a great way to give. We like to do a few things as well.

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  8. As Emma says above, it is criminal and I would add shameful that anyone in this country goes hungry. and to make matters worse our current crop of politicians are hell bent on withdrawing the limited help people get and need. how sad for those who have so much and still feel the need, the greed, to refuse to share.

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  9. Awesome post! So important to remind us all to be extra kind. So many people are in need and we can do our part to help. :)
    Jess

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  10. A good reminder. Thank you Steve.....

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  11. Inspiring story about the restaurant. And I love that picture of the little girl.

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  12. It's a crime that anyone should ever go hungry, particularly in the USA, the breadbasket of the world.

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  13. It IS easy to give - we just have to do it.

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  14. You asked about word verification - yes, it seems to be a glitch right now where it is putting it on blogs regardless of selection. Sigh.

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  15. How great it would be if everyone took gime to shop and donate to a local food bank/pantry. We did some, but know that more can always be done so thanks, Steve, for this gentle yet powerful reminder

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