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Editor:

For those interested in helping alleviate the plight of children in poverty as many letters to the editor have indicated, I would like to offer a few suggestions. Consider becoming a foster or adoptive parent, volunteer at a nonprofit which helps families locally, interact and feed children and families at one of the "soup kitchens" taking place in Westminster each day, volunteer with Habitat for Humanity or a domestic or international "mission trip" to help build adequate housing.

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Of course, all of the above suggestions might not be practical at the present time, especially for those with health concerns or working people with small children, but there are some very fine nonprofit organizations that work with families who live in poverty, especially in Central and South America. For just a few dollars a month one can sponsor a child there and with that sponsor money, there is extra food for the family, clothing and schooling. The hope is that the child thrives with this help and grows up and stops the cycle of poverty in their family, while contributing to the economy and well-being of their entire community. Perhaps then there will not be a need to undertake dangerous travel to a foreign land where there is no guarantee that their condition of life will be improved.

It is fun and educational to exchange letters, hopes and dreams, as well. Organizations that are well respected that our family has enjoyed working with, and still do, are Compassion International and Children International. These organizations and others like them are financially accountable and donations are tax deductible in many cases. So, I suggest to those who truly care about making a difference to children around the world that they stop pointing fingers and do something positive. Please look up one of these organizations on the web and sponsor a child. It is a wonderful class, club or church project as well. Surely families and nonprofits have always worked more effectively than government in helping people in need. The often spiteful dialogue between the points of view of what the government should be doing in the current immigration debate might soften if each one of us took a personal time and economic investment, a personal sacrifice, and hopefully a prayer-filled one, to help just one child, just one family, and rise above name-calling and political opportunity.

Craig Giles

Westminster

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