As for most of us, you will most likely always remember the first time that you realize that 20 to 33% of your child’s classmates are likely to be homeless. Yes, this does take into consideration that you live in an affluent area! Some of the children live in churches while others roam from place to place daily accepting food and shelter where they may with other family members.
It is hard to believe that in the United States the statistics are so high, but let’s consider that the mass majority of the residents in the U.S. are lower middle-class to lower-class citizens. Their jobs pay minimum wage or slightly higher and with a family to consider and cost continuously rising (milk is rumored to be going up to $4.00 per gallon in 2014!), it is no wonder the numbers appear as they do!
Not long ago, Parents.com featured eight charitable organizations that are doing their best to help this pathetic situation. One quote really stood out. It stated, "Families with young children are the poorest segment of our society," says Benard Dreyer, M.D., professor of pediatrics at New York University's School of Medicine and cochair of the Academic Pediatric Association's Task Force on Childhood Poverty. Although the United States is much better off than most nations, it is still sad to consider that such a high percentage of children are suffering the consequences of real life!
The organizations that were mentioned include the following:
1. Children’s Health Fund (childrenshealthfund.org)
2. Save the Children (savethechildren.org)
3. Share Our Strength (nokidhungry.org)
4. Feeding America (feedingamerica.org)
5. Playworks (playworks.org)
6. Children’s Defense Fund (childrensdefense.org)
7. Jumpstart (jstart.org)
8. Harlem Children’s Zone (hcz.org)
Each of these organizations works toward different ends to get to the same result. They want to help the roughly 16.1 million kids in the U.S. alone that are a part of a family whose total household income is less than the federal poverty level of $23,550 annually for a family of four. The scariest thing to consider is that more than half of these children’s families survive on less than $11.775 annually.
In order to successfully make a dent in this situation, these organizations need your help! Although Giving Tuesday has been over for a week now, that does not mean that the giving season has to begin and end on that day alone. We could make each and every day a day of giving if we truly wanted to!
We need to work together to reduce the number of homeless in our nation and then in the world today. We need to take action with these organizations or others that have been established to help children and other homeless individuals living in our society.
If we only accepted one less gift, we could make the difference in the life of a child. Are you willing to do so? If so, logon and see how you can help!