Monday, July 25, 2011

Thanksgiving in August...Why I am doing it.


To Donate to Thanksgiving in August follow the link to St. Luke's

I have had more readers and more e mail since I have begun this food stamp budget pledge than in all my years of having a web site.

I apologize that so many of your e mail have not been answered but I will use this forum to answer the most common question...why?

When I was a young teen my mother finally divorced her husband. He was an incredibly abusive man. She was left with 5 kids and a mountain of debt.

She worked harder than I have ever seen any woman work. She took a second and then a third job and my Lioness of a mother did this to make sure than none of her children ever went to bed hungry.

I got it then, and I get it more now, how much it means to a mother to be able to care for her children.

What about Mothers today? Even two parent families might not be able to work three jobs, or even find one. If they do find one the wages are likely to be too low to pay rent, utilities and keep them going. Some get food assistance from the Snap program and some rely on food banks. Some do a combination of both.

NO parent in our country of abundance should have to see their kids hungry. Nor should any senior or unemployed or disabled person fall through the cracks and not be able to make it.

If we do not care for and love our brothers and sisters on this planet then why are we here?

I have heard opinion after opinion on why the poor need birth control, why they need nutrition education, why they need to plan better and why they need to plant gardens. I say to the people who send me these missives...why don't you give to Planned Parenthood? Why don't you volunteer to teach nutrition? Why don't you organize a class on budgets and planning? Why don't you teach gardening and donate some seeds?

I don't have solutions for all of the problems. I don't have answers for all of the questions.

I do have the ability to raise awareness and bring in some food during a time when donations typically fall way down.

With the help of The Rev Dana Corsello and Bill Rowe at St. Luke's I have the opportunity to plan a day for those of us who have abundance to be thankful and share with our brothers and sisters who have need.

No matter where you are in the world you can help. Donate Now if you have the means. Give something to your local food bank if you can.

I don't believe any of our politicians care about anything other then their own well being.

Remember the story of stone soup; Every villager brought what little he had to the pot until the pot was brimming and everyone was fed. Every little bit helps.


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was moved by your editorial today. You are very lucky to have had a Lion Mother.

You are correct, no parent should see a child go hungry.

Anonymous said...

While I loved the tribute to your Mom I was very offended that you mentioned Planned Parenthood which is nothing but an abortion factory.

God orders us to be fruitful and multiply he does not order us to kill babies if we happen to be poor.

You sound like you are a good person but I think you need to read the bible a bit more.

Karl Wilder, Chef said...

Planned Parenthood is exactly what the name says it is. It is an organization that allows you to plan on when or if you want to be a parent.

They provide an enormous number of women's health services. They reach a wide group of people rich and poor.

It is not, nor has it ever been an abortion factory.

Anonymous said...

I just found out about this and have been reading through your blog today. You're dedication to this is amazing and inspiring. Thank you for doing this.

@ Anon 2:
Abortions only account for 3% of the services provided at Planned Parenthood. They provide an wide array of health services to low income women, that they would not be likely to receive else where. (This link has a breakdown of all of the services provided at PP. http://www.plannedparenthood.org/files/PPFA/PP_Services.pdf )
It's not an abortion factory, nor will it ever be.

Also, given your acknowledgement of your Christian faith, I'm hoping you're also making an effort to help feed and cloth the poor.