The Palm Beach Daily News Toy Drive began 22 years ago, when the paper decided to collect toys for children in need throughout Palm Beach County. The annual toy drive has consistently grown each year in the number of toys, gift cards, and cash donations.
When I think about hunger, my mental image is of emaciated children in developing nations. In the United States and even in Palm Beach County, hunger is an unseen problem.
As I fold laundry, it always seems that my most worn and ratty item are my socks. We wear socks nearly every day, if not daily. In my household, we go through socks like they’re going out of style. I have the luxury of buying new socks when I need them. Now, think what would happen if I didn’t have that ability.
Mary and her son entered Harmony House (a program of the YWCA of Palm Beach County and partner agency of the Town of Palm Beach United Way) after her abusive boyfriend had beaten her badly and threatened to kill her son. Mary called the police and her abuser was arrested.
This week, we look to our local firefighters. They are our everyday heroes, saving lives. Whether they are on duty or off duty, out to lunch, out with their family, or enjoying their day off, firefighters and paramedics are trained to step into action when they see someone in distress. It’s that simple, they are SELFLESS individuals with the passion to help others.
I’d like to spend the next 8 ½ weeks focusing on Thanksgiving. That’s right, Thanksgiving. Yes, I know that the official American holiday falls on the fourth Thursday in November, not the last Monday in September. So, yes, I know that I’m a little early. But I’d like to begin to offer some thoughts on Thanksgiving, even though we won’t be sitting down to a Turkey dinner for another 1,254 hours or so.
Monday is International Peace Day. It is a day for everyone around the world to reflect on how we can contribute to make our world a more peaceful place. It’s a moment to pause… to reflect on the impact we have on the world… and to raise our expectations of what is possible.