Hunger is an issue around the world. The poor are multiplying daily as natural disasters, national corruption and wars become more dominant in third world countries. However, poverty and hunger is also a symptom of America.
Thousands of children are tormented by hunger in our own backyard, not knowing where their next meal is coming from. Not surprisingly, we can see this occurring in our own communities and neighborhoods.
What would you do if you see a child crying in your neighborhood do to hunger? I don’t know what another would do, but this is what I would do:
I would immediately have compassion toward the child. The true test of a heart with any sort of love in it is how it responds to a suffering child. To ignore the cry of a homeless child and still be unmoved is an indication of soullessness.
My obligation as a human being is to respond favorably to the child and discover the cause of his or her hunger.
Make Sure the child gets something to eat
The first thing I would do is to make sure the child gets something to eat, even if I had to spend my daily lunch money to see that this happens.
I cannot rest if I had the chance to help a child find food but ignored this adult obligation. Why should I eat and the child starves? Ask yourself this question and listen to the answer within your heart. Sure, you may not have the ability to help children who are suffering far away from you, but if the child is in your own neighborhood, you’ll be damned not to help in one way or another.
Refer the child to the proper agencies
Depending on the circumstances, after feeding the child you may want to refer the child’s parents or guardians to the proper agencies, such as the social services for families, or provide knowledge of food pantries and vouchers for the hungry. Moreover, if you believe the child is being neglected, you can contact the authorities who will mostly likely take the child into protective custody.
Impact of Compassion
Having compassion transforms our hearts each time we submit to it. When we look at the suffering around us and respond with lovingkindness and tender mercies, especially toward underprivileged children, our entire nature is neighbor the same. We become new entities: angels and heroes.