Helping Those in Need: Baby to Baby Charity Drive


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As residents of Palos Verdes, we rarely ever have to worry about what to wear
tomorrow, where we’re going to sleep tonight, and what to put on the table for dinner. However,
nearly 41 million Americans, including 13 million children, do. With 40.6 million people
officially living in poverty, 59% of these homes are part of some sort of federal food assistance program, including food stamps, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women,
Infants and Children, and the National School Lunch Program. Often times, children living in
these households tend to be food insecure and not have enough food to support a healthy life.

As people who live in a rich area, it’s time we finally help and do something about it, so that’s wherethe Baby to Baby Charity Drive comes in.

Two weeks ago, Ridgecrest Intermediate School decided to help out these 13 million
children by starting a charity drive meant to collect and donate things for children in need. These items ranged anywhere from clothes and shoes to toys and food, and almost every class donated at least something.

“We chose Baby to Baby to help out less fortunate children because we are children
ourselves,” says Hayleigh Liu, a member of the leadership class that organized the drive. “I feel great about giving poorer children things we have enjoyed in the past,’ adds Hayleigh, since all the items donated were either new, such as toys, or slightly used, such as clothes.
In total, Ridgecrest ended up donating more than 13,000 items! “We’re just so happy we
could help out those less fortunate,” concludes Liu. “We always take everything we have for
granted, and hopefully this opens up others’ minds on how much some people struggle.”So, if you ever find an extra pair of yoga pants lying around, instead of complaining that they’re too old and ugly to wear, consider donating them to those who may need them.

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