As I was driving home today, I experienced something I never ever wish any of you feel that you would have to do. I drive by a street corner one of the boro’s in NYC and sadly I see a little girl, she couldn’t be much older than 6 or 7 years old dressed provocatively (in my opinion) dancing and singing and begging for money while her mother stood a few yards away. I was disgusted to say the least! That the mother would have her daughter do that is unforgivable. Now I don’t have anything against you as a mother doing what you need to do to feed your children. Who I am to judge? However, when it comes to using your children NOW that I can not stand for. It is abuse not to mention immoral. I can come up with a few more words but you get the picture where I’m coming from. Today economically speaking times are tough and I know that there are times you might feel that you don’t know where to turn. In an earlier post, I mentioned that there are a few organizations that help families in need. Below are few of the links to their websites. The websites contain contact numbers and information on their services, if you know of anyone that might be in need please pass on this information. As a Whitney Houston song said “Our children are our future” and we must try everything possible to give them the best care, love and protection we can give them..
Here are a few organizations that offer help: (copy/paste)
1. The Puerto Rican Family Institute: http://www.prfi.org
2. NY Immigration Coalition: (huge list of organizations) http://www.thenyic.org/about-us
3. Childrens Aid Society: http://www.childrensaidsociety.org/what-we-do
4. Community Association of Progressive Dominicans: http://www.acdp.org
5. The Beacon Program: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dycd/html/afterschool/beacon_program.shtml
6. Aspira: http://www.aspirany.org
If you know of any additional organizations that offer help to families in need, please share.
And lastly, I didn’t want to forget today’s task: Before the end of the day, Try to help just one person today, it could be as simple as holding a door or just smiling.. Try it you’ll see how great you’ll feel……..Have a great day and Standup Latina !