Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Gift Of Hope

1 Billion people in the world suffer from hunger. 15 Million children die of hunger every year. That number is just staggering. In the U.S., 46% of African-American children and 49% of Latino children are considered chronically hungry.
You don't have to look to a developing nation to find hung
er.

You see it on the street corners of every city in America. It's easy to just turn away when you see that face asking for help, pretending she's not there, ignoring her. Maybe you've been told it's not helping to give her money, she'll just buy booze, even though you feel like you want to help. Hunger affects your sense of hope. Feeling hopeless affects your soul.
Maybe the next time you see that person on the street, asking for help, you won't look away. Maybe, you'll ask
her what happened and listen to her story. Maybe, you will give her money, food or a job. Maybe, next time, you will give her hope.

The name of the woman in these photos is Kelaya. She lives in San Francisco, CA. If you want to hear her story and help her, visit Tangobaby Blog.
These photos were taken by Julie, the author of Tangobaby.

Some organizations fighting hunger:

Changing The Present
Hunger And World Poverty
Feeding America
World Vision



6 comments:

Monsoon said...

Hi!

Thanks for writng about this. I've visited the blog, and was moved to tears. I've donated to them. Bless them!

Also want to thank you for your comments on my blog, that you made a little time ago. I wish I were a fit person, however I am not! I used to be...

I'll keep reading you!

Hugs Monsoon :-)

A Fitness Minute with Pat Anderson said...

Thank you for the kind words and for helping Kelaya and her children.
If you truly wish you were a fit person, then you will become fit. Your thoughts create your reality. All it takes is desire and action. I will be glad to help you get started with your program. Email me.

angela said...

Hey Pat!

WOW! That is a pretty moving blog. Unfortunatly, especially in these times, hunger and poverty are a HUGE issue. I see it every single day here in Seattle and it saddens me. When I can I give spare change, I've even given food I had just bought at the store to an older woman sitting in a doorway in the rain!! So sad.

If I could financially afford it, I would support the organizations that fight hunger, but for now, I volunteer at the local food bank.

Thanks for the great blogs and newsletter. They are always full of great information!

Take care you!

Angela:)

Peter P said...

Great post about hunger.

Thanks for getting involved in Unite for Hunger and Hope.

soontobemomof9 said...

Thank you for caring enough to post about this! I will defintely go visit her blog! In my small home town, you just don't "see" much of this. But even here I know it exist. I have a foster son... he came from a very poor family, poor in many ways! He has gained 10 lbs. and grown 4 inches in the year he has lived with us! And he is only 8 years old!

People have got to care enough to act. Just because you may not make a dent that you can see, does not excuse you from acting. God has called us to action!

Bless you Pat!

Kelly

A Fitness Minute with Pat Anderson said...

How wonderful of you to provide a loving, healthy environment for him to experience.
Acts of kindness are never small...

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