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.