The holiday season is nearly upon us. With schools closing for Thanksgiving and the winter holidays, many children in this country are going to be hungry. Free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches provide necessary nutrition to growing bodies and minds, but we're about to have a few weeks without those programs.
That doesn't sit right with me. It makes me extremely upset, to be honest. I HATE the fact that there are families who cannot provide adequate food. Part of my spiritual path (a large part of it, in fact) revolves around kitchens, cooking, and food, specifically providing food to others. I don't want ANYONE to be hungry, especially a child.
I'm working to organize a food drive in my department at work. I am going to try to get our students involved in helping the local food bank. I am making lists, putting together information, and gathering facts, reports, and statistics for all the teachers to share with their students. I really, really want this to happen.
This holiday season, I implore you to please, please, please make a donation to a food bank if you can. There will be a lot of empty bellies next week. No bountiful Thanksgiving feast. No giant turkey on some tables. While many of us will be sitting down with friends and family and stuffing ourselves silly, others will be crying themselves to sleep while listening to the rumble of their stomachs. No. Just...no.
It's not right, and we can't just stand idly by while it happens. Thinking, "I'm only one person. What can I do?" doesn't cut it. Just a few dollars worth of food could make all the difference. Won't you join me in sharing the blessings that we have with others? If you can, please do. I want to help anyone and everyone that I can. My resources may by limited, but I will gladly share what I have. I urge you to do the same if you are able.