Growing up, my family was not wealthy. Not at all. I always felt like we had plenty of money, but I now realize that my parents didn't have much money and saved very little. They also spent much more than they should have. But, when the new school year rolled around, I always had a couple of new outfits, new shoes (for my ridiculously LARGE feet), and school supplies.
While The Targo and I live pretty frugally, Nathan has every thing that he needs. But as I watch him grow, it grieves me to know there are so many kids out there who aren't as lucky as he is. Is there something I can do? Yes! Orphan Outreach in Chicago has a yearly mission. They provide brand new backpacks and school supplies for children in need. Their goal this year is to reach 5,000 children. I remember how the truly poor children were treated in school, and I grew up in a working class community. I can only imagine what it must be like to be a poor child living in a depressed neighborhood on the fringe of wealth. Actually, I can't.
So, my family and I are contributing to this charity this summer. There may be similar programs in your area. If not, please consider contributing.