17 October 2006

Children starve while Americans get fat

Today, October 17th is World Poverty Day, more formally known as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

According to UNICEF, 30,000 children in the world die each day due to poverty.

Even here in the U.S., the richest country on earth, 13 million children suffer from hunger or the risk of hunger due to poverty! They starve while the average American grows fat from a super-sized, sedentary lifestyle.

It's time to share.

Here is your homework for today:

1. Read these sobering statistics about poverty in today's world.

2. Then, on this World Poverty Day (or whenever you read this or think of this), please pass up that dessert or that side order of fries you don't need, and instead donate that dollar or two (or ten) to someone who really needs the calories. To make it easy, here are links to some good, reputable charities for the poor:

    • America's Second Harvest

    • Bread for the World

    • Oxfam

3. And, while you're at it, make an additional (free) click or two to support Amnesty International's campaign to demand justice for the poor and hungry victims of forced evictions in Zimbabwe.

It's the least you can do.

Thank you.

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