10/15/08

If words on a screen could cure poverty

I'd type gibberish until my fingers bled. You see, today is Blog Action Day and this year's theme is poverty. It's a timely subject considering recent economic events, elections both here and south of the border and it always relates back to what I love to write about. It is poverty that can impact the health and well-being of the population in a large urban area like my city and in the most remote regions a half a world away. Poverty keeps kids from being active, eating a nutritious meal and receiving proper health care. Sadly, it's more expensive to eat a healthy meal these days than to eat copious amounts of fast food and processed treats. Sports and recreational activities are only available to those who can afford it, as fees and equipment prices are raised each year. And let's not talk about how much it costs to simply have a teeth cleaning or fill out a prescription for what ails us. We've created a society where only the rich can afford what we should all have in life and those in financial straights make do with what is available, budgeting for one thing now or going without entirely save for when they are blessed with free services or a generous benefactor. So it's all well and good that I stand up here on my soapbox with a good job, a roof over my head and food in my belly, but there are always avenues to help raise awareness, money, food, clothes, etc. for those who need it both at home and around the world. Research your local foodbank, women's shelter and outreach programs. Give to the United Way or World Vision or Oxfam or the Salvation Army or Unicef or ONE. Read up. Speak up. Pony up. We are more fortunate than a lot of others. Give a little...you really get a lot back.

5 comments:

paige said...

Hi Marie! I didn't know it was blog action day with a topic of poverty and that being said, I must have had some inner inklings because I just contacted my local food bank and left a message about volunteering. Out of the blue I did this. Weird but cool eh?

Shirls said...

nicely put Mouse! there are so many ways to give.. time is just as valued as money :0)

Vanessa said...

Great post :)

Anonymous said...

Okay Mouse, time to put your money/time where your mouth is, I am doing the homeless shelters in December, again this year in the city of Toronto and we can always use volunteers, and money. Pony up Mouse.
Mojo

marie said...

What do you need, mojo?

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