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National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Today is the first day of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (November 16- 24, 2013).

“As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, people take time to consider what they’re thankful for and donate some of their time, attention and resources to those less fortunate. In the spirit of thankfulness and giving, each year the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness set aside the week prior to Thanksgiving to sponsor the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
One in six American families live below their respective poverty thresholds. Three out of four states saw an increase in both the number and percentage of people living in poverty. Fifty million Americans live in food insecure households, including more than seventy million children who go to bed hungry nightly. Three and a half Americans will experience homelessness this year. One hundred and seven thousand are United States military veterans.
This year, NCH recognizes its 30th Anniversary, marking a long and difficult road toward ending homelessness, but prompting even more substantial initiatives to address the root causes of homelessness.”

For a wealth of info and how you can help make others in your community aware of all the complicated aspects of this ever-growing problem, check out this link:

http://www.nationalhomeless.org/projects/awareness/2013AwarenessWeekManual.pdf

 

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A Virtual Food Drive With Real Results

My Dad (Don) and I (Mark) wanted to do something special to help our nation’s ever-growing problem of homelessness and hunger. The number of people affected each day by hunger issues is staggering for such a rich and bountiful country. According to the great organization Feeding America: “In 2012, 49.0 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 33.1 million adults and 15.9 million children.”
Families unable to make ends meet; senior citizens having to choose between medicine or food; children having to rely on free school meals for nutrition — hunger in this country is an equal opportunity affliction and not isolated to certain economic demographics.
No matter what our national economic situation may be, we, as a nation, still have an abundance of food and there is no excuse why anyone should ever go hungry. Feeding America is making excellent strides in combating this problem (check out their website for more info).
We are asking for your help in this very winnable battle and our goal is to raise $500 by Thanksgiving Day — a national day for giving thanks and giving to others — thanks so much!

http://help.feedingamerica.org/site/TR?pg=fund&fr_id=1140&pxfid=10072

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10 Recommended Weekend Experiments

  • Try not to judge and/or criticize inwardly, verbally or through social media.
  • Go to a library or museum and learn about something that you know nothing about.
  • Go to a local book store and pick up a classic you have always wanted to read.
  • View art. In a museum, gallery, storefront; anywhere you can find it.
  • Create something. Artistically or otherwise. Even if you think you do not have a talent for it (all of us do, we just may not have tuned into it yet) — try.
  • Use handheld communication devices only in emergencies.
  • Be thankful for everything, no matter how trivial.
  • Be positive. For every situation that comes your way today, look at it in the positive light. Avoid the angry and negative route that is so much easier to take.
  • Help someone if you can. Don’t over think it — just help.
  • Have fun.

 

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Amen to that, Eleanor.

“A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.”

― Eleanor Roosevelt, ‘It Seems to Me: Selected Letters’

 

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