I know several people in the USA who are out of work, or who cannot work for a variety of reasons. Living in the metropolitan NY area, if you do not have access to quite a bit of funds, you simply cannot live here. There is nothing quite as stressful in life as not knowing what you can do or where you can turn to provide for yourself.
In particular I think of so many single moms in the US who are trying to manage to raise children, with all that entails, and who also must go out and work to put food on the table. What a difficult and daunting task they face each day. They must get up early to get the kids off to school, race to work, make arrangements for child care after school, plan dinner, do homework and collapse into bed after the children are in bed. Someone wise once said: “parents always love their children more than children love their parents”. While there are exceptions to be sure, I believe it is true that a young child cannot possibly understand the stress their single parent (or both parents) endure just to keep the family fires burning.
Having said this, I must say without trying to offend single moms for whom I have the utmost respect and admiration, that for parents in Haiti and Ghana and the other developing countries of the world life without any hope for a job or relatives to turn to for help is what they face every day. Some families are reduced to having their children eat “mud cookies” which is just what it sounds like, mud with some shortening in it. If you do not believe this, here is a picture of a Haitian mud cookie factory:
So I try and remember these people every day and do what I can. At times I feel guilty because of the blessings I enjoy each day. But I also feel determined to give what I can to help reduce this poverty. I feel I am accomplishing this with my gifts to the iF Foundation, and am grateful that we are helping people in Haiti and Ghana. At this holiday time we remember how blessed we are and how such blessings also come with responsibilities. Lets all do our part and never forget that what we do does make a difference.