You know the song, “we’re blessed in the city, we’re blessed in the fields, we’re blessed when we come and when we go-o…” yeah, that one. On New Year’s eve, hubby and I attended watch-night service and felt overwhelmingly blessed as we thought about 2010. The only thing I could do was say thank you. I have truly never felt this blessed before, and I now know what my resolution is for 2011. I resolve to be a blessing in my own backyard.
I am starting with donating my time, money and much needed supplies to the Frisco food pantry. Hubby and I are attending a volunteer orientation this week. I feel such a heavy burden right now. It’s so important for me to give back. And I’m not talking about hosting a gala for a sorority or some other socialite-type event. I’m talking about cooking and feeding, clothing and caring. I feel the seriousness of this, and want to be obedient and swift. In the past, I have written checks and felt that was enough. But this year, for me, that’s not enough, and just as He would have it, Hubby feels the same way. So we’re rolling up our sleeves in 2011 and being a blessing to others.
Here are a few stats about hunger in my city from http://ntfb.org:
Many of our North Texas neighbors were struggling even before the economy soured. Consider these facts:
* The number of people in poverty increased from 37.3 million in 2007 to 39.8 million in 2008.
* The poverty increased from 12.5% in 2007 to 13.2% in 2008.
* The poverty rate for children under 18 increased from 18% in 2007 to 19% in 2008.
* Almost 120,000 students in the Dallas Independent School District relied on the free or reduced-price lunch during the last academic year. That’s 77 percent of the district’s total enrollment.
* US Department of Agriculture researchers, using data from 2005-2007, found that almost 15 percent of Texas households experienced food insecurity during that time.
* The average annual income for a family that seeks help from a Texas Food Bank is just $9,000.
Pictured below is historic downtown Frisco across from the heritage museum.