Over the past few nights, the weather has been getting colder. I don’t know if it’s just a cold front moving through the area or if it is just winter. It’s probably a bit of both. Regardless, as it turns to late evening it’s become a task to stay warm.
Because of the drop in temperature I keep thinking about all of those homeless who aren’t able to get into the local homeless shelter because of the lack of available beds. Some are adult men and women of various ages and, unfortunately, some of them are children. Those are the thoughts going through my mind.
It’s one thing for an adult to be forced to sleep out of doors when the weather is inhospitable. It’s something entirely different to know that there are children who also will not have either a safe or warm place to sleep tonight.
I’ve heard all of the excuses about there not being enough financial resources to help everyone who’s homeless. But it seems to me that if we really cared, we’d find the resources someway, somehow.
On television, there are so many infomercials that put the photographs of starving and homeless children in all other parts of the world and because the children look so hopeless, people make their financial contributions to all of the agencies and organizations that do that type of work.
While I’ll be the first to applaud the work they’re doing, it seems to me that we should take a look closer to home before we continue to ship money elsewhere. After all, wouldn’t that be the right thing to do?
I find it reprehensible that there are nearly 1.5 million homeless children in this nation who are homeless and yet we seem to be more concerned about the children of other nations than we are with the children of our own nation. To quote a well known phrase: "What’s wrong with this picture?"
I’m not saying that we shouldn’t help the less fortunate children in other parts of the world, but it would be morally correct to take care of those within our national borders first. After all, they are the ones who will someday be the adults within our own communities. Some of them may even become our community leaders. It is in our best interest to insure that they get the best possible chance at becoming socially healthy in life that we can afford.
If we don’t we are going to find that all we’ve done by ignoring their cries for compassion and aid is destroy our own futures.
And the truth is with the way things are going right now, ruining our own future as a nation by ignoring our nation’s children is something that we can ill afford.