by Madison Gogal
8th grade, Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament School
Homeless children feel so alone in the world, like there's nothing to protect them. I believe all children deserve "a little help, a little hope, and somebody who believes in them." Today's children are tomorrow's adults. Our world is in their tiny hands. If all children aren't care for and looked after, tomorrow's world could get ugly. It's our job as communities to give back our spare time and money to kids who are homeless.
To give homeless children "a little help," communities could have fund-raisers to benefit each child with his or her family one at a time, working from the family with less to the family with almost adequate means of surviving. These families will receive help getting jog connections all over town. They'd be boosted back into society. They in turn would have sympathy for others like them. Maybe they might even be able to donate to the homeless cause one day.
Giving children who don't have homes "a little hope" is easy. It could be volunteering to help them at a shelter saying, "Don't worry, we'll help you," and donating to their family, or giving them presents at Christmas time, or just being there to listen. Everyone needs to feel that there is hope in the world. Children of all kinds need hope and sometimes people just can't see that. Hope is in little things like a good fortune from a cookie or seeing you've done well so far. It can range from a good hair day to knowing that you've already had the worst day of your life. Everyone needs hope, some more than others. Homeless kids just happen to be the ones that need more than most.
Believing in homeless little ones is a matter of their personal bonds, ties, and relationships with the world around them. If they make their story known, more people would want to help them out of sympathy and, sometimes, empathy. I know that if I were friends with someone who had recently become homeless I'd do everything in my power to help them. I believe that friends would help each other in tough time. Especially, if a friend is homeless, friends should be there to believe in them and encourage them.
Others need to be aware of homelessness! On a scale of 1-50 (1=Best and 50=worst), Connecticut is number one, Texas is number fifty, and Pennsylvania is number fourteen. I think that if there were posters, newspaper articles, or Facebook reminders people would try to do more for the homeless issue. There need to be constant reminders so that no one forgets. Sometimes, people get overwhelmed with the world's problems and just want to forget. Often they succeed in forgetting. Reminders won't let them forget, but will let them remember that they can do something about it.
In conclusion, homeless children need to be heard, remembered and known to get "a little help, a little hope, and somebody who believes in them." It's our job to do all of this.
Lead by Example
by Jillian Palko
6th grade, St Agnes School
Homeless children are in need of many necessities. Overall, there are three basic needs that are important other than food, clothing and shelter. Their other needs are hope, help and someone who believes in them. We can help change a child's life in very big or very small ways.
When you are given an opportunity to donate money to a homeless cause, put some change from your purse or pocket into the donation can. You can also donate food, paper products, and toiletry items to a shelter so that the children will be fed and clean. Another easy way to help is donate clothing that is current and fashionable so that the kids feel like they fit in at school.
We all need to feel as if someone cares for us. Our parents do this every day because we have stability in our lives. The homeless child needs to know that someone cares because many time their parents are disenchanted with life and no longer can to the things that a parent is supposed to do for their child. The child without a real home life needs to know that someone cares. They need to have pope in their hearts that everything is going to be OK.
Another consequence of homelessness is that no one believes that you are worth caring about. These kids definitely need someone who believes in them. If people do not believe that they can rise above their situation then the homeless will lose hope in themselves and give up. We need to volunteer and work hard at it - spending time doing homework, playing games, or just sitting around reading a book with a child in need. These actions show compassion and believe are a part of their future.
You can encourage others by leading with example. All everyone needs to do is find that part of your heart where kindness dwells and take some time to use it for the good of others.
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What About Our Homeless Children
by Alex Oeler
7th grade, St. Agnes School
Our country's economy is not as good as it was years ago. There are many people that are unemployed. They have lost their jobs because their companies have closed. Many of them cannot pay their bills. Some of them have lost their homes because of this. The people most affected by this are the children/
There are many ways that we can help. We can donate coats, sweatshirts, blankets, toys and anything that might help the children feel more at home. Sometimes schools and churches have fund raisers to help the homeless children. We can also give money to the Homeless Children's Education Fund to help these homeless children.
Most of the people that are homeless are children under 18. How would you like it if you did not have a home, any toys, or any clothes to change into at night? These children also might not get an education either. This is because in the United States, the rich keep getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. This means that all of the homeless children might never have a home because their parents don't make enough money. Most of these kids don't have many friends either. This is because since they don't have a home some kids could call them poor. This can cause the child to feel alone and can lead to child depression.
Just by giving a little money to the Homeless Children's Education Fund we can get these children back in school to get a good education, which will cause them to get a gob, get a house, and raise children to be good citizens in the town. Maybe just maybe the child that once was receiving money could be giving it to a child in need.
So just by giving a dollar to the Homeless Children's Education Fund you can help a child in need
Homelessness in Our Community
by Carmen Melocchi
7th grade, St. Angela Merici School
Unfortunately, today many people in our community are homeless. Many people simply "turn the other cheek" and forget about them. There are simple things though that we can do to help. You might ask yourself, "What can I do that would make a difference?"
A good thing to do is give money to those in need, though you may feel uncomfortable just walking up to them. After all they are still strangers. However, many churches have special collections or boxes where you can drop money in and it's given to organizations that provide support. Also, lots of schools have food drives which you can give to.
A kind and simple way to provide hope to the needy is to smile. You may see a homeless person walking wearily through a parking lot. He may be discouraged. He had almost got a new job, but it didn't work out. If you smile at him, you may give him enough hope to go and try again tomorrow.
Something else you can do is show them that you believe in them. To do that, you can volunteer at a soup kitchen. Volunteering is the ultimate way to provide support. There you can donate food, encourage them, and show them that you care.
Helping homeless people is very easy. I hope my essay has moved you to action. As you can see, none of the actions take very long. Spread this to all of your friends and family members. Remember, the smallest action can have the largest impact
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