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"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Christmas in September

One of the reasons we are so busy at work right now is that it is time to sign families up for Christmas programs, such as the Salvation Army's Angel Trees and Toys for Tots.  We are already noticing the programs we depend on are tightening their belts.  I have to actively look for faith based and private people to adopt families to fill in the gaps.
A lot of the families I work with are living on very minimal incomes.  The kids are asking for everything from clothes & shoes to IPods & gaming systems.

We do not list the expensive items for the angel tree program.  People react negatively to them.  I see where the requests come from.  In our country, access to technology and electronics is a status symbol.
If you have a DS, cell phone or something of that nature, you are someone. TV says this, advertising says this, classmates say this.  I know from my own childhood as well as watching my children grow, that navigating childhood is hard.  Navigating childhood visibly poor is harder.

I am mainly just encouraging people to think before they judge.