Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Opinion

November 23, 2013

Time for a ‘2 by 4’

While it may be a little early for some (including me) to get into the full “holiday spirit” of things, there certainly is no end to the inspiration we find all around us. Then again, the Christmas season started for most folks before the Halloween decoration half-price sales ended.

We’ve had our first cold snap, we’re planning for Thanksgiving week, and the “Black Friday” ads are already leaking out.

But even in the midst of getting ready for Aunt Martha and Uncle Joe and a host of house guests headed to town, there is one other very important thing to consider — those among us who aren’t as fortunate.

Yes, there are a lot of “hands out” this time of year seeking donations, and sadly, that is as it needs to be, given the world we live in.

But a TV commercial I saw last week literally brought this old man to tears, unlike anything in recent memory.

It was a spot for AARP and its Drive to End Hunger campaign that got to me.

Or perhaps, I should say, got my attention more than a whack on the head with a proverbial 2 by 4.

The commercial shows a young man purchasing a large amount of groceries, while an older lady stands behind him.

In her basket, a loaf of bread and a package of lunch meat — with the announcer adding words to the effect that it “wasn’t all she needed, but it was all that she could afford.”

That is a frightening reality for a lot of folks in our society, and here in our town.

And it’s not a problem exclusive to any age group — there are folks who are young, old, and in-between that are in need, not just at holiday time, but all the time.

Talk with the folks who provide the help to those in need in our community. You’ll learn that the needs have been growing, month after month, year after year, to all-time highs.

We could get all political here, and harp about Washington or the Health Care Act or the economy or the fights in Congress — but it wouldn’t solve the immediate problem.

People are going to bed hungry, and that should not be.

So while Washington spins its wheels with its in-fighting and power struggles, we need to do something ourselves to solve this growing problem.

There are some commercial efforts underway to help collect food for the needy for the holidays. I applaud those and urge you to support them as you can.

There are some charities at work doing the same thing for the holidays. I applaud them and urge you to support them as you can.

And there are some hard working folks that fight the fight of helping the needy every day of the year. I applaud them and urge you to support them as you can.

That support can come in many different ways, and it’s all appreciated by not only the agency you choose to help, but also by the folks that they in turn help.

This Thursday, when you’re giving thanks for all the things that you are thankful for, remember to pray for those among us who are facing challenges in their lives, and the lives of their families.

Because people will go to bed hungry Thanksgiving night — and that should not be.

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Bob Belcher is Managing Editor of the Corsicana Daily Sun. His column appears on Saturdays. He may be reached by email at bbelcher@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this column? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

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