I’m one of the lucky ones.
My husband Darryl is in charge of all our Thanksgiving shopping this year. I won’t have to step a foot inside those crowded aisles, fight for just the right box of this or can of that, OR (blech!) stand in long lines at the check-out counter. My job is simply to tidy the house and set the table. Great! I’ll take it.
It’s one of the little things I’ll be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
I’ll also be intensely appreciative of my family’s ability to put a meal on the table and share it with friends and loved ones. None of us has suffered a layoff as a result of the economy. We all enjoy the benefits of full time jobs and know our children will not be hungry.
We also know there are a lot of people in our community who cannot say the same.
Northwest Harvest provides staggering statistics each year as we prepare for Home Team Harvest. Here are just a few:
- 1 in 4 children in our state lives in a home where there’s not enough food, that’s 396,000 children!
- Washington is the 6th fastest growing state in terms of severe hunger in the U.S.
- Washington is one of only six states with 17% or higher underemployment.
New waves of people are seeking assistance from the hunger response system for the first time – people who can’t hold on any longer. They’ve exhausted their savings, unemployment has run out, retirement savings are depleted and now have nowhere else to turn.
I didn’t need to read the statistics to know people are hurting. Knowing how many merely strengthens my resolve to try and help.
At home, my family will be gathering our own donations for Home Team Harvest.
At work, I’ll continue to rally the troops. The Home Team is ready to make our 2012 Home Team Harvest the biggest and best it’s ever been!
Take stock of everything you have to be thankful for this Thursday. Then join us on Saturday, December 1 for Home Team Harvest. Washington’s growing number of hungry people will be very thankful you did.