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Published: Sunday, May 4, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Pioneer Center for Human Services/PADS’ SleepOut for Shelter is May 10 at Living Waters Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake. Please join us or give generously to PADS so fewer of our neighbors need to sleep outside every night for months.

Have you ever talked to a homeless person? I have. Have you volunteered at a shelter or a food pantry? Do you donate money or food? Thank you.

Does that make you feel that you’ve done enough? It is not enough. Go to www.pioneercenter.org to donate or to participate.

Also, May 10 is the Letter Carriers Food Drive for our pantries. Please be generous with donations of in-code-date food.

Why are so many hungry and homeless in McHenry County? Does it matter to you? Should it? I challenge you to read “The Hole in the Gospel.”

Why is it OK for people to work for less than a livable wage? Somehow, that is a threat to the rest of us? It is difficult and messy to get to the root causes of hunger and homelessness. But we are smart people. We can do better if we want to. Do we want to?

Inaction speaks just as loud as action. Let’s act to improve the lives of our neighbors. Children who don’t have enough to eat find it hard to concentrate in school. The stress on families is so hard. Parents want to take care of their own children. Let’s help them do that. 

Deb Martin

McHenry

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