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Respond to the war on Christmas

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There is absolutely a war on Christmas this year, as Republican congresspeople plan to reduce food assistance more and ever more, even before 2013 comes to an end. Pay attention: children in America are starving. Children in Tucson are starving. Americans are going through their day hungry through the deliberate will of Republican politicians who simply do not care about them.

The frustration that we feel with this situation of idiotic ideology in Congress, combined with heartless cruelty that blames children for the circumstances that they were born into, can be dealt with in one very concrete way: give to Tucson's Community Food Bank and whatever resources your neighborhood churches and community centers offer.

At my church we had a free Thanksgiving dinner last month, open to anyone who came through the doors. Tucson's churches are exceptionally generous in this respect, as well as religious/social institutions like the Salvation Army. Opportunities to give are everywhere--I notice the bell-ringers outside Walmart last night when I went there.

The Tucson Community Food Bank is located at 3003 South Country Club Road and they can be reached by telephone at (520)-622- 0525. This location is near the well-known Broadmont office of the Department of Motor Vehicles, and it is easy to find. You can take any amount of non-perishable food there to donate, from a bag of groceries to a truckload.

If you are not a church-going person, you can call that local house of worship that you have driven past on your way around town and find out what they have going to help with hunger this year. I have met wonderful people at local synagogues, evangelical churches and Catholic churches, to name just three. Tucson is also graced with a mosque and several Buddhist centers. Look them up; call them; give food to them for Tucson's hungry and poor who are suffering more than ever with the recent cold snap in our weather.

I recommend charitable causes ever now and then, especially at the Holiday season, but this year there is an overriding, urgent need to feed the hungry, and it is something that gives you great joy because it is one of the things that we were explicitly told to do by Jesus himself, if that carries any weight with you. Hunger is sweeping over America like a plague--a plague that is being inflicted upon us by incompetent politicians who see human beings as a means to an end. The need for food assistance has never been more urgent in our lifetimes, and I am an old lady here saying that. But I mean it. Winter is here; innocent people are shivering and going hungry in the richest country on earth. It isn't politically correct to help, apparently, despite the photo ops that elected officials will stage for the sake of public relations. Making a yearly appearance in a food kitchen doesn't impress me, and anyway it isn't those local celebrities who make a difference. It is you and me. Please just go somewhere and give some food to somebody who will distribute it to those in need.

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