The little boy I'm spending my day with is a delightful 3 year old. He is fun, funny, polite, affectionate and easy to have in my home. I don't know why he isn't with his parents. I don't need to know. Here is what I know. I know he has brothers and a sister that he talks about with a great deal of love. I know that he has thanked me for every thing I've given him today. I know that he loves his mamma and he doesn't care that the bicycle he has been riding is Barbie pink. I know his eyes smile when he laughs and I know he listens when you talk to him. I also know that he doesn't care about my excuses. He cares about having a place to sleep, eat, play and be hugged. I also know that because of brave people like my friends there is still hope. There is hope because children can be safe, loved, nurtured and encouraged even when they can't be at home. There is hope when people DARE to care.
Have you DARED to care about somebody today? Have you opened up your heart, your life, your schedule, your home to somebody who might be changed by such a gift. These kids didn't even choose the things they are experiencing in the first place. Perhaps you could offer respite care to a foster family and just keep kids for a weekend. Maybe you would be willing to educate yourself about the foster system in your area. Maybe you could volunteer this holiday season at an area shelter where these kids are having to live. Or donate clothing and shoes so these kids don't have to go to school in the same thing everyday. Maybe you could do something. Anything. I DARE you!!