Giving Thanks for the Hard Times
Marian Wright Edelman | 11/28/2012, 11:57 a.m.
It's easy to give thanks for everything good. Eva's ability to be grateful for the hard times shows a maturity far beyond her years. Her life today is a far cry from, as she says, "the way it should have turned out." But how many more children and youth like Eva are trapped on dead-end paths of parental poverty, substance abuse, and family violence without ever getting a chance to turn their own lives around? Find out more about the Beat the Odds program and how you can celebrate and support children like Eva who've beaten the odds in your community. Then find out what you can do for the millions of Evas still desperately waiting for hope and help. Begin today by insisting that President Obama and members of Congress put the millions of Evas in our nation at the top of their priorities agenda and pursue justice for all our young who are the poorest Americans.
Marian Wright Edelman is president of the Children's Defense Fund whose Leave No Child Behind mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. For more information go to www.childrensdefense.org.