Th­ese kids need us

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

WITH schools open­ing to­day, many chil­dren will be walk­ing bare­foot to class. Poverty among many of our com­mu­ni­ties, es­pe­cially in ru­ral ar­eas and in­for­mal set­tle­ments, is real.

Most fam­i­lies can’t even af­ford a de­cent meal. School uni­forms, sta­tionery, books and shoes are be­yond the reach for many of our peo­ple. At this time of the year when new kids start school, we urge those who can af­ford to share with the poor by as­sist­ing with shoes, uni­forms and other ne­ces­si­ties. They don’t have to be new.

There are sev­eral cam­paigns coun­try­wide where celebri­ties and or­di­nary peo­ple do­nate shoes to the kids. This is ap­pre­ci­ated, but we can do more. We or­di­nary peo­ple also need to join in and change the lives of th­ese lit­tle ones.

Let’s open our hearts and minds and as­sist where we can. By so do­ing we are in­vest­ing in the fu­ture of our coun­try.

Th­ese kids need our help.

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