As many of us take time off to celebrate with our family and friends, it is natural to also think about and want to give to those that are less fortunate than us. Especially in hard times like this, my mind often travels to the children who are hurting around the state, around the nation. Annie E. Casey, a research non-profit committed to helping vulnerable children and families puts out a yearly evaluation about how the kids are doing in our state and nation. Here are a few facts about Ohio:
Children in Poverty: 18%
Number of Children in Poverty: 2,751,874
Children abused or neglected: 10.1%
This year, as you gather around a table, tree or menorah with dishes full of food and more presents that you probably don’t “need”, I hope you take some time to think about some of these 18%. There are many things that you can do: give your time, give your money or give your resources. MSNBC has a great story on selecting how to give to a charity.
If you choose not to give, you can also take time to cherish and be thankful for the things that you have- your health, your family, your partner, your job, or maybe your pet.
Happy Holidays and may we all learn to value all that we have.