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November 30, 2011

60 Minutes story on homeless families

One in four American children now live in poverty. This report follows some who have been forced to live in cars and trucks. While the story is sad, what it reveals about the resilience of children, their ability to think positively and find ways to overcome their adversity, is heartening.

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When I was in High School I had a teacher say in class that "No one goes hungry in America unless they want to" which I, a child who had seen her fair share of the insides of soup kitchens, took objection too. I'm kind of proud of my teen-aged self for standing up and saying "What about children??"

Being poor as a kid is particularly limiting... you're dealing with our society's prejudice that people who are poor somehow deserve to be there or should just work harder... and have no power to really improve your situation. You can't drive a car down to the food bank yourself when you're 8, after all. Not to mention the stigma of accepting charity and getting teased by other children.

Posted by Grace V on December 1, 2011 09:19 AM

Thank you for posting this.

Posted by Peggy on December 1, 2011 06:22 PM