“One thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those
who will have sought and found how to serve” – Albert Schweitzer
“It has been proven that in order to live a life of happiness, fulfillment and contentment, one must give back. The benefits in physical health have likewise been confirmed. Some seem to learn this early in life, perhaps because the example was set for them, but many learn it a little late. Nevertheless, to find that ‘one’ cause that goes deep into the soul is instilled in each of us and unless it is found and acted upon a void is felt. I have always known that the small child had this special place in my heart but I admit I haven’t always known the best way to serve this cause. The true heroes are our teachers and sacrificial child care workers. I believe I have been given a mission in a way and that is to go tell it to whomever will listen and this is one of those ways.” Nancy Thompson
“Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God.”
Suffer, (v); permit, experience
MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A CHILD’S LIFE !
HomeMade In America sends this heartfelt message regarding our most valuable “Keepsake” and that is our children. The most glorious time in one’s life is childhood; In my own I believe I was given a glimpse of heaven in waking to new and wonderful adventure every day, complete with love and acceptance from my parents. I believe my children experienced this also and I relish the look of delight in my grandchildren’s eyes as they too make new discoveries.
No child should be deprived of this, yet so many are. Heaven must be reserving a very special place for those who were robbed of this wondrous time. It is a tragic fact that so many of our precious children have become disposable by a nation of people more lovers of things and users of people. Too many of those used (abused) are the children.
We can make a difference, each in our own way, by being the best parent or grandparent we can be and or volunteering for local outreach programs. Many people are giving their time to keep shelters for domestic violence open as well as underpaid and overworked teachers and daycare workers who need our support. If you think this is the area that will fill your void I urge you to search your own heart, ask the greatest Creator of all to use your talents and resources and together we can truly
MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
The following was taken from an Ann Landers column. I am copying it in the hope of perhaps reaching those who might have missed it. The following R’s in our fight against Child Abuse.
1. Reach out and support parents and kids. Anything you can do, from baby-sitting to running errands, can help reduce the stress that often leads to abuse.
2. Raise the issue by educating yourself and others in your community.
3. Remember the risk factors, such as economic hardship, isolation or substance abuse.
4. Recognize the warning signs in children, which may include nervousness around adults, aggression or low self-esteem
5. Report suspected abuse or neglect.
Together, we can help stop the abuse of our nation’s children
A. Sidney Johnson III,
Prevent Child Abuse America