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January 13, 2009

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Ten bucks to the food bank -- what a difference that will make

By Craig Morris

December 12, 2008 | I've never been one for taking handouts from people. I take pride in being completely self-reliant, always working hard and providing for my family. I make sacrifices in some areas in my life that aren't completely necessary to ensure that I am always able to provide all necessities for my family -- to make sure there is always food on the table.

I think most people in the country feel the same way as I do, and many are able to accomplish those goals the same as me, they don't go without, and they don't send their children to bed hungry. Unfortunately, there are still countless people that despite how hard they work and how much they want it, are unable to provide the necessities for themselves and their families.

Because so many families are being burdened with the hardships of the suffering economy, record numbers of people are turning to food banks.

Another terrible truth of these times is that food banks have lower amounts of food being donated than ever before. Some food banks are running out of food all together.

I would like to think that if I was ever in the situation that despite all my efforts I was not able to buy food, I could rely on the compassion of others and get some food at a food bank. It is terrible that some people are still living comfortably, even luxuriously, while others are unable to even get food at the food bank.

During this season of giving, the country as a whole needs to be more giving towards their local food bank. Every Christmas my parents and my aunt and uncle exchange gifts with each other. They try to stay around $40 each for their gifts. The other day my mom was asking me for ideas for things she could get for my aunt and uncle. She claimed she had absolutely no idea what she could buy. The idea I gave her was that after talking to my aunt, they should use their money they normally spend on each other and donate to the local food bank. Since neither family has any great needs, I thought this idea would bring them greater joy and truly get them in the Christmas spirit.

I admit I need to take my own advice and find a way to help those around me and donate more. I would like to teach my children that Christmas is a time for giving to others. I would like to make donating to the food bank and other charities an ongoing family tradition.

If everyone in the country could find it in themselves to donate $10 worth of food -- or whatever they could afford -- what a huge difference that would make to those who are counting on that food for their Christmas meal. This may mean a small sacrifice for some, but isn't it worth giving up one stocking-stuffer to be able to give something back?

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