While your family is sitting down to a scrumptious dinner of burgers, spaghetti and caesar salad tonight, millions of people will go without enough food to fill their bellies. Read on for some interesting facts about how food banks can make a world of difference.
Food Banks - Facts to Fuel You Up
Second Harvest is one of the largest food bank organizations in America, with over 200 branches throughout the country.
Every year in the United States, Second Harvest assists more than 25 million people. Of those 25 million, nine million are children and three million are senior citizens.
Food banks are always in need of donations, not just during the holidays. Grab a hold of all those cans on your basement shelves that no one is ever going to eat and drop 'em off at your local food bank branch.
If you don't want to truck a load of food down to the food bank, you can always donate money. Did you know that one of your donated dollars can buy three to seven times the amount of food that you would be able to purchase at the grocery store? This is because food banks often have partnerships with big corporations like Kraft Foods, General Mills and Chiquita Brands International, to allow them to get more bang for their buck.
For those of you who just can't spare any food or money but still want to lend a hand, food banks are always looking for volunteers to help sort, stack and hand out food.
Did you know that over 13 million tons of food are thrown away each year in the United States? Second Harvest managed to distribute nearly 2 billion pounds of food in 2005. Think of how many more people Second Harvest could have fed with all the food thrown in landfills!
Food Banks - The Fight to End Hunger
Americans have been observing Hunger Awareness Day since 2002, when there was a huge increase of peeps who couldn't feed their families. It's a day for volunteers, churches and organizations like Second Harvest to raise awareness - and donations - to end hunger in the US. There are lots of ways you can help! You can donate dry foods and canned items to your local food bank, serve hot meals at soup kitchens or send a cash donation to a charity. This year, Hunger Awareness Day is being held on June 6, 2006, but if you'd like to help out with this important day next year, head over to www.hungerday.org for more info!
So there's this guy in my class and he sits next to me. Correction he HAS to sit next to me, So my classroom as a table with 2 desks connected to make a huge desk but separated holders things to put our stuff in. So this guy is really the class clown of the class and he can be a jerk when he wants to be but sometimes can be a really nice guy. He likes to talk to me and he "Occasionally" Touches my hand or arm in a friendly way.. I think :3 but anyways he teases me ... A LOT but he sometimes insults me but when he sees my face not cracking into a smile. he instantly says sorry or didnt mean it like that kind of way and i smile. So does he like me? Or he just being a regular guy?
My best friend is autistic and mild to moderate on the spectrum. He has a daily routine and obviously keeps to it.
His sister who's 18 told me about his condition. And she spoke to me about how much help he needs around the house.
My friend doesn't actually need all that much help, as his autism isn't that bad compared to others I know. He mainly suffers reading people's emotions, and having the confidence to make friends and talk aloud. But his sister did complain that he was always the needy one around the house when she was younger.
What you've got to understand is that autism affects people in different ways, no autistic person is the same, and so requires a different level of work and help towards them.
Your brothers didn't ask for this. They were born like that. I know how it feels though, feeling left out. And feeling like your parents don't love you. They really do. They just don't have time to express that love, which is kinda sad really.
Maybe you could get involved in helping your brothers out. Depending on how old they are, you can educate them on reading emotions, and things like that. They're great life skills. Or simply just being there for them is something you can do. Autism itself is a pretty frustrating thing for the person who has it. My friend hates it, but tries to live with it as a gift. Just a little support can go a long way.
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I'm not quiet sure what's a real friend and what's a fake one anymore.
I know when there's a friend who's only a school friend rather than an 'outside' friend as well, but at the same time it makes me so confused.
Here's my story:
There's a girl named Xian. We had a unique way of becoming friends ... but it clicked. For the whole year I've been trying to keep in contact with her ... but she's not very willing to try and put in any effort to stay in contact with me.
Her personality is beyond sweet, and her skills at art are even better. If she was to have an award, it would be a giant trophy with her face plastered on it and big bold letters listing 'Nicest Girl In The World!'
Its just ... she lied to me.
I was all about this friendship. I was ... i'll admit ... sort of a lost puppy following around her owner.
So, I got her this T-Shirt she really wanted for her birthday, and not long her birthday was mine, April First. I was expecting at least a letter, or maybe even something cheap. It didn't really matter to me.
But on my birthday she didn't even come to school. Nor when she got back did she ever say sorry, or give me any be-lated gift of any sort.
That should have been my first clue. Even my mother started catching on.
My second clue was she even told me she was oblivious and wasn't good at keeping in contact.
I thought she was joking. How could a friendship so sweet be tossed out just like that?
My third one was near the end of school, one of her friends in elementary was bragging about the plushies she got from Xian. Apparently she had four from her.
Xian had originally told me it was AGAINST her religion to give out gifts to other people.
I knew she wasn't lying about her religion in general, because I met her mom on a field trip and she was quiet ... different.
But I didn't understand why Xian had gotten so many small plushies for her, and yet not a single small stamp for me?
My last clue was the last day of school. She didn't even try to say good-bye or even hang out with me for that matter.
I know what you're thinking.
"Girl, you've gotta be kidding me if you can't see that she has no intention of being your friend!"
But this girl was the nicest to me. She stood next to me during harsh times, and comforted me when I was down. She told me I was important.
And you don't get many friends to do those special things to you. It was rare to have a friend make me feel so tall and worthy.
So ... I can't understand ... why'd she do all that .... and suddenly ... just ... walk away ...