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May 8, 2012

A drive to fight hunger

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There are those on fixed incomes who know there are others having a difficult time living on one income when they once lived on two. And there are people — probably plenty of them thankfully — who simply give food to the drive because they think it truly benefits people who need it right here in their own county.

It’s amazing to think how many extra tons the letter carriers and postal workers working right here will put upon their shoulders to give to a drive that continues to exist, even in an era when there is so much emphasis on reducing calories in soft drinks and preventing obese teenagers.

We’ve become more health conscious, but have we become hunger conscious? On days like Saturday, I have to say yes. They may not be familiar with a fact we may not be too proud to mention in this country — one out of every five children grows up hungry. Most children I know can’t go out and get a job.

Like many baby boomers, I can remember a time every fall where many of my Sunday school classmates and I would dress up in our Halloween costumes to go door-to-door after school to collect donations for the United Nations International Children’s Fund, known as UNICEF. But days like Saturday are reserved for the children not only in our country, but in our own children’s school.

Many of them may come from households where parents are too proud to accept food stamps and have either lost jobs or are working two or more jobs to make ends meet.

I can’t say that Americans invented the concept of being neighborly, but I can say that when they truly get behind a cause like this one, nobody can stop them.

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