Take this link, and save it somewhere.
Whenever you hear someone talking on and on about the youth of today and how they're are a bunch of ungrateful, disrespectful, uncaring, self-absobed hoodlems just waiting to go horribly wrong...
...send them this link.
Just so you know, I heard about this from my friend Sue, who sent it to me with a whole list of worthy causes I could choose for my $20 Christmas present from her to go to. I'm picking this one. Thanks Sue. I not only get a donation made in my name, I get a link to a blog detailing how American civilization isn't going into the toilet with the next generation.
Oh, just in case you DON'T visit the link...here is some information from the site that it might interest you to know:
Every day thousands of Minnesota school children catch their bus at a
shelter's door, hundreds of full-time workers use mats on a floor to get their
night's rest, and many of our most vulnerable community members who
suffer with severe and persistent mental illness fend for themselves on the
- More than 8,600 people are homeless on any given night in Minnesota.
- An additional 12,700 are at risk of losing their housing in the immediate
- Approximately 50% of persons experiencing homelessness are children
and youth. 41% of homeless children attend two or more schools in one
year; 75% of homeless children test below grade level in reading.
- Of homeless adults, 41% are working.
- The hourly wage required to afford fair market rents in Minnesota is $13.97 per hour.
For further information:
Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless
122 West Franklin Avenue, Ste 306
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Those statistics are depressing, but what isn't is that we have kids coming up who are committed to changing that. So my $20 Christmas gift from Sue just keeps on giving, because it lets Casey know that others support her and her committment.
That is all. Now, go back about your day.