Things have changed since I was a child. I remember leaving home early in the morning and returning to the house just before supper. This was back in the days. The days when a kid could roam the streets safely, ride their bikes in the neighborhoods for miles and miles, and anybody would feed us lunch because we were from the same community.
The famous African Proverb of “it takes a village to raise a child is still true.”
The struggle today is our communities are no longer safe. Kids have to be watched and protected from predators. Oftentimes the predators are of own household. There is no doubt that children today are a major concern, even in most American cities.
We have experienced the child molestation epidemic and now it has come to our attention that kids are being trafficked, sold, and used as sex toys. We used to think that this was done only in foreign countries and potentially in large cities like LA, Detroit,or Chicago.
Most recently we have discovered that sex trafficking has been happening in many communities both large and small. It has surfaced and been rumored to my desk that some parents are selling their kids bodies for the exchange of drugs.
These scenarios are brutally true and most of us are unaware. These disgusting selfish acts are often hidden in poverty stricken areas and done mostly in the shadows and under the cover of darkness. If these hideous acts are not enough we have another hidden enemy in our community. It is the enemy called hunger.
Hunger is also a silent hidden enemy and we cannot compare the effects of it to the devastation of sex trafficking.
But can we minimize the agony of a hungry child by facing this grave reality and taking a positive action against hunger.
It is hard to fathom that we have hungry kids in our neighborhoods right here in Gregg County.
Here are the actual stats from our county records.
Income is 9.6% less than the national average.
19.3% of people live in food insecure homes.
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