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Thursday, December 13, 2007

“Let the Children Alone”

Homelessness and poverty affects all ages, but an astonishing 48% percent of its victims are children …

About 15 million children -- one out of every four -- live below the official poverty line. 22% of Americans under the age of 18 -- and 25% under age 12 -- are hungry or at the risk of being hungry. Everyday 2,660 children are born into poverty; 27 die because of it. Children and families are the fastest growing group in the homeless population, representing 40%.

Being a volunteer at a children’s services agency or at a skid row outreach such as the Union Rescue Mission can make a big difference for a child. Eddie Ryeom, a volunteer with Operation Exodus says: "One of the major benefits of working with children is seeing tangible results, from their smiling faces to increased test scores. However small your contribution, you're helping [your] community deeply in need."

Eddie’s testimonial and millions like it show that even one volunteer -- perhaps you -- can change a child's life now and for the future. With up to 15 million kids in need, every volunteer is an asset in the ongoing war on child poverty. From helping an individual child to addressing the issue nationwide, there are many choices. You can find greater fulfillment for yourself, too!

In Matthew 19:14 Jesus said … “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."


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