These kids are AMERICAN. They were born in raised in America's cities, not in some slum in Africa. Yet, many of them won't be eating three meals today. They celebrated the fourth of July to the tune of gunshots being fired overhead.
Some of them are homeless.
Some of them have fathers in and out of jail. Or have never met their fathers. One year we had an entire cabin (10 girls) and not ONE of them knew their father.
Some of them have big grins and killer dance moves, despite abandonment, abuse, and hurt.
Some of them have sisters with different fathers, all of whom are in prison.
Some of them were abused so badly as children that they still suffer from physical and mental repercussions.
Some of them were born addicted to crack.
Some of them don't get enough to eat. Some have never been to the dentist. Some of them have been evicted so many times they've lost count. Some of them live in homeless shelters. . .
But regardless of who they are and what they suffer, these are America's children. Let's take some time today to think about the country we live in, and the others who live here with us. And pray. Please people, pray. And/or if you want to "do" something, just let me know and we'll get you involved!
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