Today is World Poverty Day. Somehow, this year it hits closer to home than ever before. The definition of poverty is the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support. All of us, especially those of us living in Mexico, see this definition in its' purest form everyday. Take yesterday for example.
I was in line for what seemed like forever at the grocery store. I finally got close enough to the cash register that there was only one person in front of me. A woman. She had a basket full of items. Instead of emptying the basket on the conveyor like most people do, she took one item at a time out of the basket and handed it to the cashier. On the fourth item, she made the cashier back it out, set it aside and chose something else out of her basket. She kept this up until I wanted to scream with impatience. Then I noticed that in her left hand she was clutching a 100 peso note. All the money she had. What she was doing was buying the highest priority items first until her bill reached that 100 peso mark. The rest of the stuff she left in her basket and somebody took it to replace the stuff she couldn't afford back on the shelf. That is poverty.
We can't change the world. We can't put an end to poverty. Especially here in Mexico where the average daily wage is between $5 to $8 USD. But we can help alleviate poverty, one person at a time. We can help make one person's life just a little brighter, just a little more hopeful, by giving of ourselves and our pocketbooks when and where the occasion arises.
Let me make it easy for you. You know I've got this Project Warm Hands thing going. I think it is a good thing, but there is something else you can do. Right now. Go over to the Viva Veracruz on my blogroll or click the highlighted link and donate some money to the poverty stricken people of Xico. It doesn't have to be much. I just figured out that if every single person who stopped by my blog yesterday were to donate a measly little $5, John would have collected $3090.00!!!! Incredible.
Don't think about it. Don't sit there and say "Oh, those poor people". Take 5 minutes to hop over there and give $5, or more if you can. You will spend the rest of the day with a big smile on your face. I guarantee it.