At the end of this month we're going to be making our first donation (from the sale of the rose-y I AM ART: Peace Compassion Love shirts) to the For All Kids foundation. We are so happy and thankful that we can do this. It makes us feel good to think we might be able to help two young sisters or brothers who are now in the same situation we were in.
When we were kids, we had to work in the school cafeteria so that we could eat lunch. Our deadbeat dad was off with his new family and our single mother could not afford to feed her four kids. Back then, the plan in place to help single moms and disadvantaged kids was that the kids would be pulled out of class early (and in front of all the other students), they'd put on aprons and gloves and then they'd serve HOT lunches to all the other kids (would you let your 6 year old get food out of a huge oven or even handle hot trays?). When everyone had been fed, the disadvantaged student could pay a dime and eat what was leftover. If we had a dime and a nickle, we could have milk, too. Way to make kids feel good about themselves! Those idiots! It's scary to think that more than one person thought that making 8 year-olds work for food instead of being in class was a good idea. As if kids with absent parents didn't suffer enough. But, we were hungry so we did what we had to.
The one thing that made our cafeteria jobs bearable was that 2 of us kids attended the same school for most of our elementary school days. We got to work together. And we got to eat together when the other kids were playing or going back to class. We could give each other the look at just the right times. We always had each other in good times and bad and we can't imagine how awful and sad it must've been for kids who were alone. At least each of us had an older sibling to scare away the bullies, and there are always bullies. We do not want any child to go through what we did.
The good thing is that now there is the For All Kids foundation. They really do help kids. ALL KIDS.
Every child is a gift, strengthening our community, our humanity, and our hope for the future. Every child deserves a safe environment, with responsive, loving care and enriching opportunities that build self-sufficiency and self-worth. Believing it is essential to provide for the fundamental needs of all children, Rosie's For All Kids Foundation supports the intellectual, social, and cultural development of disadvantaged children throughout the United States.
On the right side of this blog is our charity badge so you can make a donation (if you can, we know money is tight for a lot of people right now) to For All Kids through a partnership between SixDegrees and Network for Good. Superstar actor Kevin Bacon will add an additional $10k to the six badges that have the most number of donations between January 18th and March 31st. How cool of him!
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