In anticipation of the Thanksgiving Holiday, we all are salivating over the turkey and all the fixings we plan to stuff ourselves with while celebrating with family and friends. We all take for granted the roof over our heads and a refrigerator stacked with food. Whenever we get hungry we just go to the refrigerator and eat to our heart 's content. While we are overindulging ourselves, many within our community are homeless and hungry, not knowing where their next meal will come from or if they will find shelter. Besides adults, there are hundreds of children who are starving, not getting the proper nourishment they need for healthy physical growth and mental development. This is a major problem that cannot be ignored and desperately need to be addressed.
We are considered the wealthiest country in the world. What good is all the wealth if we have people sleeping in the streets, rummaging through trash cans for food, children starving, sick and homeless, and our veterans, who fought for our safety and freedom, sleeping in cardboard boxes holding signs begging for help? I have personally seen this deprivation in my volunteer work at my church. Me and other young volunteers have witnessed veterans; elderly men and women, young men and women with young children come to my church with desperation in their faces to receive food and clothing for themselves and their families. I see them standing in line for food with despair and hopelessness in their faces. But I also see in their eyes and hear gratitude in their voices as they stand and receive the food and other goods given to them by myself and the other college and high school volunteers. Se...
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...ileged. We must be their advocate. We must let them know that there are people who care. Working with the many volunteers (mostly high school and college students) at my church, I have learned that there are people who care and give selflessly and generously their time and resources to help those less fortunate than they are. Serving the less fortunate has given me the most self-gratification I have ever experience. It is a wonderfully intrinsic feeling that is indescribable. I have learned that it is my and the responsibility of the community to come together and serve the less fortunate. Most importantly, we must give unselfishly of ourselves to better the needs of others. By doing this we are setting an example and paving the way for a better nation and starting the process of eliminating hunger and homeless from the wealthiest country in the world.
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