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Alternative Gifts for Christmas

The average American will spend $700 on gifts, gadgets, and goodies for Christmas. Whether you budget for it or splurge purchase, how will your purchases reflect the core of who you are? A few options exist: Buy gifts from sustainable … Continue reading

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Should you give cash to a homeless person?

You move along a sidewalk in a busy city. You can see your breath with each exhale. A homeless man comes into view leaning back on the building ahead. Do you… a) Avert your eyes and keep walking? It’s as … Continue reading

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Imprisoned by my own Stuff

The postcard noted that the donation pick-up truck would be on our street in two weeks. The non-profit group collects people’s cast-off stuff to sell in their thrift store. The items raise money to assist impoverished families with utility bills, … Continue reading

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Roy’s Story: An Orphan’s Life on the Streets of Africa, Part 2

Continued from Part 1 We found Moses on the street all beat up. We never found out who pounded him. He never was right after that. His busted up legs healed all crooked, so did his nose and cheek. Looked … Continue reading

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Roy’s Story: An Orphan’s Life on the Streets in Africa

While most of us live comfortably, orphans of AIDS, wars and poverty suffer. Their stories are often lost amidst other urgent global crises. Here, blended from several sources, is Roy’s story … a fictional account of a child living in urban Africa… … Continue reading

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One Child’s Tailspin into Abject Poverty, Part 2

Continued from Part 1  My sister died on a Wednesday, I think. Not long after … her husband passed away. He died on a Wednesday, too. Isn’t that odd? Yes, death has always been a part of my life. I … Continue reading

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One Child’s Tailspin into Abject Poverty

My name is Kaole. I live in a small village in southern Africa. I am the youngest girl in my family. I don’t remember my older brothers. They died before I was born. But my sister was around for a … Continue reading

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