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Shocking information

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Today DH and I found out that the elementary school where our grandson attends, has an enrollment of about 300, with about 80% of them at or below the poverty level. The teacher we help each week has two homeless kids in her class and that's not unusual for the whole school. I was astounded. Am I naive? I didn't think my head was buried in the sand, but it totally escaped me.

The good news is that I intend to knit/crochet up a storm and try to make hats and scarves for at least that teacher's class. I sent an email tonight asking my stitching group if they are interested in helping. But I haven't heard anything back yet.

God has truly blessed me and my family. It's time for us to share more with others.
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  • DAWN14163
    That's a lovely gesture. I'm sure the kids will love their new winter woollies!
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    2010 days ago
  • NEWNAC304
    That truly is sad. You're an amazing person for helping them out!
    2010 days ago
    That truly is so sad :(
    2011 days ago
    It's lovely that you can help and are! I am sure those hats and scarves will keep cold children warm!

    I think that there are far, far more people who live in poverty in the US than ones who don't. I have been one of them most of my life until I finally got a great job that pays good money. Still no health insurance or benefits but for most people, those are a fable or a myth of what 'used to be' anyway.

    Sad and tough times. We did just live through this centuries version of the great depression. I think that people do kind of forget that. Today's children will be the generational equivalent of the people who almost a century ago were little ones during the great depression. They also are growing up in a country in which they have never known a time that we weren't at war. Very sad.
    2012 days ago
    too many are below poverty level - our country really needs prayer
    2012 days ago
    I wish I could knit or crochet hats. I would send them to you for them. I would love to learn that is for sure! (how to knit or crochet hats).
    2012 days ago
    That's a shocking percentage. I wish there wasn't so much stigma that comes with poverty, homelessness and asking for help. Your thoughtfulness and warm gifts will go a long way, Nancy:-)
    2012 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    Nancy it is a shocking fact about how many people do live in poverty. I think it is wonderful that you are willing to knit for them and hopefully some of your group will help you. I am sure warm caps will be most welcome. We all need to look around and see what we can do to help in our own communities. I know our church did a diaper drive, now they are doing shoeboxes, and collecting for the military and in Dec we are having a Toys for Tots drive. We are small but every little bit helps and it is good to know that it goes to help people in our own community.
    God Bless you for doing your part to brighten the lives if those less fortunate.

    2012 days ago
    That is shocking, especially that you didn't have any idea. So good of you to work to contribute and help.
    2012 days ago
    Nancy I think that is a wonderful idea! I think they would really apporeciate it if you did that. We truly don't understand that poverty is in our own country and sometimes in our own neighborhood. America is not the wealthiest nation anymore. I hope your group takes on the challenge and steps up to the plate. We need more people with compassion like you.
    2012 days ago
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