Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Blog Action Day 08 - Fighting Poverty - What Can One Person Do?

Cute, isn't she? Yeah, that's me...little Bella, in her sailor outfit and hat.
Kids are so adorable, but just looking at this picture, you really don't get 1,000 words...just one: cute. But if I could share 1,000 words with you, one of them definitely would have been: poor. Very poor.

I was raised by a single mother. We were on welfare, paid for our food with food stamps. Bought our clothes at thrift shops. Free lunch at school. We lived in the grossest apartments in the bowels of the big city, Detroit, Michigan. We took busses or walked to wherever we needed to go. We carted our dirty laundry in a folding shopping cart to the laundromat, even in the snow. And yes, I know what it feels like to go to bed hungry.

Fast forward a few decades and I am now in a much better place, and am so blessed to have a roof over my head, in a safe neighborhood and food on our table every night.

Today is Blog Action Day 08. And the focus this year is poverty.

When I read about it, I thought, "What can I do?" I am just one person, after all. But then I thought I owed it to that little girl that I once was to at least try to make a difference, even if only for one day.

So, what will I do?

I will make a donation to our local charity to help feed the hungry right here in my own community. Surely many folks did this for me when I needed it, the least I can do is return the kindness.

What else will I do?

I am asking you, my readers, my blogging friends, to do the same. Make a donation to any charity of your choice, that will help a child who needs a warm meal, some decent shoes, or a gas bill paid so that they won't be cold.

I am also asking you to write a blog post today, to promote Blog Action Day 08...the more of us who get involved, the more people we can help.
We can make a difference, we really can.

I am also asking you to write to your senator and congress person and tell them that you want them to support poverty issues. They will listen, especially if they hear from us in numbers. I know that times are hard right now, but it is still a shame that any child in a rich country such as ours goes to bed's really unacceptable, don't you agree?

What will you do today to help those in need? I would love to hear what you are doing!

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart,


PS: Please watch this powerful video for more inspiration:

More Blog Action Day Blogs To Visit:

Being Frugal
Everyday Baby Steps
Green Your Decor
Michelle Wegner
Monroe On A Budget (SE MI)
Remodeling This Life
Sanctuary Arts At Home
The Inspired Room

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Monroe on a budget said...

Hi Bella!

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I really like your post for Blog Action Day.

Looks like you and I have a some interests and geography in common - I'll add you to my blogroll.

Mary said...

Thank you for sharing your story. I know it will inspire many to get involved and to give.

squawmama said...

Bella what a touching story... Any one reading it would take action to donate whatever they could to help the cause... There are so many children like that right here in the good old USA and something needs to be done to help our own first and then branch out...God Blees you...


Fidget said...

in the current climes of the nation, this is a particularly important topic

Jen r. said...

You were so cute!I will try to get a post out today.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Wow, an inspiring story and one that definitely makes you want to get out and give to others in need. You were an adorable little girl!


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Jennae said...

Thanks for sharing your story. When we interact online, it can be easy to forget that some of us are living tough lives on the other side of the screen. I think it's important to help others even though I barely have the means at the moment, and I'm glad to see that you're among the thousands of bloggers helping to make a difference today. Great post!

Bonnie said...

What a darling picture. Thanks for the inspiration to post on Blog Action Day as well. What a great idea!

Amy from Texas said...

Thanks for sharing your story and providing awareness for Blog Action Day (since I didn't know about it!) Cutie pie photo of you!!

I just met with my church and MOPS group last night. Our goal to to collect toys for 800 needy children in our community and 2000 boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

This is the first year, I've actually facilitated anything this big. I've always been one to just donate a box. I'm overwhelmed, but also very excited! One person really can make a difference:-)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

This post brought tears to my eyes. For you and for me. Just a little over 10 years ago I was single mother who was always able to give my daughter a little something but there were some days that I didn't eat. I worked full time and then some, but it wasn't enough. I am so blessed to be where I am today. I regularly give to our local food bank. Thanks for the reminder.

Kim's Treasures said...

You were sooo cute! Thank you for sharing your story!! Very inspiring post!

Mary said...

Here's the link to my post.

Thanks, Bella!

Emily said...

What a beautiful post, Bella! Thanks so much for sharing your story and experience. It's unfathomable with the resources we have in this country that anyone here goes to bed hungry.

Thank you for the efforts you are taking to make a difference.

Marianne Thomas said...

Oh, you were a cute little bug. Very inspiring story.

Thanks so much for dropping your link at my Blog Action Day post.

Lovely blog!

dcloud said...

Hi Bella.

Hopefully, this day will inspire people everywhere to seek out ways they can help - in their own neighborhoods, food shelters, food banks, churches, and community centers - because fighting the war against poverty is not in Iraq or Africa or Afghanistan but everywhere.

Shelia said...

Morning, Bella! I was touched by your story. You were such a beautiful little girl!!
Shelia ;)

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Oh sweet Bella, that was really great of you to share your story.

I didn't know about Blog Action Day, but I have a couple of post ideas up my sleeve to help raise money for causes important to me. I'll also make a donation today to my favorite local charity (that I volunteered for years at) -- Hudson Cradle. Long/short: It's a home for infants without homes. I don't even have enough space to right about. They're online at I'm so super nervous they, and other small charities, will suffer due to the economic downturn (which..don't EVEN get me started on that! As grandma always said, "You reap what you sow.").

Anyway, thanks for the very thoughtful post.

- laura

Alexis said...

I am so glad I stumbled across your blog, your story is touching, and unfortunately I can relate to it. No child or person for that matter should go to bed hungry or cold. It's easy to think that just one little donation won't help that much, but to someone who hasn't eaten or needs blankets that little bit of help goes a long way. We can all do our part!

We're blogging about poverty today too and hope you'll have a chance to stop by

Marie said...

What a heart breaking story. Thank you for sharing it. I had no idea today was Poverty blog action day!

The Berry's Patch said...

Thanks for sharing your childhood Bella. My mother was a single mom with 4 kids so I know what it's like to eat canned beans for weeks. I think it's great that your proactive on fighting poverty. You go girl!!!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Bella,
You were an adorable child. Your story was very moving. Thanks for a reminder that we all needed to hear!

Anonymous said...


You haven't forgotten... I think you are doing alot more that you realize. Not only have you not forgotten, but you shared it with the rest of us. You know first hand what hunger feels like. So your heart is in the right place.. again, you are doing alot more than you know...

I volunteer a nice bit of my time helping the homeless. Homelessness is an issue that concerns me deeply. Homelessness is THE biggest problem regarding poverty. Homelessness leads to hunger, hunger leads to illness, illness leads to the street pharmacy... (You get my drift.)

A homeless person's biggest problem is that they are homeless. Where do you keep your food? Where do you recieve your mail to sign up for care? If a homeless person is housed; that is one BIG worry off of their shoulders. They can store their food, even if it is only a small amount. They can get prescription meds instead of the street drugs that they heavily rely on to help with depression, pain and mental illness etc...

Join the fight against homelessness in your State. You are right... one person can not do much.. but when we all join together we can move mountains. There is power in numbers and power in prayer.

You have done plenty today my friend, you remember... you have not forgotten. Always remember where you came from. It's important!!!

Much Love & Admiration,

Justine said...

Bella, I'm sorry you had such a hard childhood, but it is what shaped you into the woman you are today, right?

Justine :o )

mollyandmarshal said...

Great post, thanks for doing this.

Fifi Flowers said...

Good for you helping out! That's what we need to do... help our fellow man!
BUT we do need to make sure when we do donate that we see exactly WHERE the funds are going. Be careful who you donate to... we want the RECIPIENTS to truly get the help they need. I volunteer and donate to 5 groups that I see exactly what they do.
ENJOY your day!

Farrah said...

Thanks for the reminder...I'm posting my blog in about 10minutes and have decided to give clothes, toys, books, etc to a local community that GIVES instead of SELLS to people in need.

Farrah from...

Bo said...

That sweet little face of yours in the picture shows sad eyes...What a poignant glimpse of your early life you shared with us...all the more precious is your life today.
I do donate and volunteer at a caring center that dispenses food to those in need...and the need is constantly growing. (BTW, I goofed an accidently deleted myself from your followers list...duh, but I'm back on now) ;-) Bo

Jan said...

Eye opening. Thank you. So cute Bella. I am in shock at the hunger level just in America. I really appreciate your keeping us alive on this issue.

Chitra said...

Bella, I admire you most of all for not letting your life experiences make you a bitter person -- for retaining so much warmth, humanity and humor. Plus --I didnt need to see that photo to know that you were a very cute kid!!! Thanks for reminding us to look beyond our narrow preoccupations and worries! --Best, Chitra

Hooked on Houses said...

What a sweet photo, and what a touching post. Thanks for sharing this! -Julia

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