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From the moment babies open their eyes to our world they are dependent on us to nurture them. We feed them, clothe them, love them, and we promise to give them the very best we can. For some families, this means struggles and hardship, for others it's as easy as swiping a plastic card and that sweet baby has the best of everything.

Those lucky babies never know what it's like to go hungry, to have no diapers, who are cold at night and aren't given a warm bath and milk before bedtime. Despite Government assistance, many families in the United States suffer tremendous hardship and it's so sad to hear how many precious children are neglected. Sometimes a parent is so distraught they have turned to drugs and alcohol and any assistance they get for the family is used for their bad habits. But I always think of those starving babies in Third World Countries who are sick, who cry themselves to sleep and are always hungry. Those visions have haunted me for many years and yet what have I done to help? Nothing.

How easy it is for us to go to sleep at night knowing our children are fed and happy. The only tears they have to cry over is going to bed when they don't want to, or can't watch their favorite TV show. They wake up in the morning to breakfast and clean clothes. Their roof is not made of mud or straw.

I know this subject spurs anger from families who are genuinely in need and they think our Government should do more to help them. Stop sending money overseas, while hunger in the U.S. is rampant. But I know one family where only one parent works and the other stays home to take care of the two kids because the food stamp contribution is high enough to feed three families, while another family is turned down for help because each parent drives their own car and each has a job barely paying over minimum wage. The educated among us have our own opinions on having children when parents are too young, or can't afford it. We know it's best to be stable with a good paying job and benefits, but the under-privileged are born into poverty and they generally find it very hard to get out of the poverty cycle as they grow up.

But what about the families in the poor countries? The wars, the suffering, the killings, the hunger. Aids. I'm always happy when I read that Oprah, or Angelina Jolie and others make their voices heard for the under-privileged, so they can speak for me because I'm too timid to speak for myself and do something.


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