Ontario statistics indicate that the child poverty rate in Ontario, one of the richest provinces in Canada, is similar to the Canadian level (campaign2000.ca – Child Poverty Rates in Ontario). That is, about 1 in 5 children live in poverty (18%) according to the 2019 National Report Card, 2020: Setting the Stage for a Poverty-Free Canada.
I wonder about the young homeless person I am getting to know, who sits on the sidewalk outside my local pharmacy pleading for help.
I wonder about the young parents who bring their children to the Out of the Cold meal program that my church is involved in. We cannot welcome them in to share the hot meal as we could before COVID-19. What we can do is give them sandwiches to take away.
In 2020, 40% of individuals assisted by the London Food Bank were children and youth 18 years or younger (londonfoodbank.ca) Despite COVID-19, donations to the Food Bank rose substantially in 2020. By the end of the year, there were more volunteers than at the start of the year. And local service agencies have stepped up across the city to serve as local food distribution centres.
What more can we do to follow Jesus’ example?
God, we thank you for the example and the challenge you set for us in Christ.
God, we thank you for your Spirit who guides us as we follow Christ.
God, we thank you that we have the resources and the opportunity to help people who live with less than we do.
May God grant us grace to share.
Cathy Reid, WICC President-Elect, living in London, ON
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