Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Local food pantry donation boxes vandalized


I live near Indianapolis and recently there has been an outbreak of food donation box vandalism.

This is scary. And sad.

I mean, come on. How low do you have to go to STEAL FOOD from POOR PEOPLE?

Those donations usually go to people at homeless shelters. Talk about kicking someone when they're down.

1.37 million of the total homeless population in USA are children under the age of 18. 40% are families with children, 41% are single males, 14% are single females. Source: International Journal of Psychosocial Research, 2008.

According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, between 23 and 40% of those homeless people are Veterans.

Let that sink in a moment.

I recall when I lived in Boston a friend of mine took in a homeless woman.

Yes, took her into her dorm room.

She gave her food from the dining hall, clean clothes, blankets and even tried (can't remember if she succeeded) to let her use her mailing address so she could get a job.

The way things look in this country right now, this problem is not going away anytime soon.

I don't know what the weather is like where you live, but today we have a balmy high of 20.

Thought for the day: Show your gratitude for the bounty in your life by donating personal hygiene products, non-perishable food, and or clothes (jackets, gloves, etc.) to your local homeless shelter.

You'll be glad you did.

3 comments:

cmacivor January 27, 2009 at 7:35 PM  

Beautiful post as usual.

D January 27, 2009 at 10:24 PM  

It disgusts me to see how some people can treat others without any disregard.

Don Smith January 28, 2009 at 4:24 AM  

Unfortunately, it is going to get worse before it gets better, and in the end, this will not be an isolated incident in Indiana. It will more than likely be nationwide.

Times are hard, and when you look at two little faces and they are hungry, then there isn't any end to what you might do in order to make sure they do not go to bed hungry tonight.

We are going to give over $50 million in this stimulus package under consideration to the "arts." Now think about it for one moment, think how much food you could purchase with $50 million.

It boggles the mind.

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