(Editor’s Note: This letter is in response to Young philanthropist helps African children, published in the June 8 Beacon Star.)
I’d like to congratulate young Grayson Burrows for the outstanding job she has done raising money. I hope that in time she will also learn about people with disabilities living in poverty right here in Canada. Perhaps in the future she will be one of those who helps turn that around. Most Canadians comfortably assume our poor are being taken care of. We are not. In addition to being very physically ill, we are trying to live on $1,000 per month in a country where the least expensive housing costs over $500 per month. After utilities, oil for heat, and transportation, there is nothing left for food and clothes. Food banks limit the amount a person may receive in a month.
It’s quite a travesty that very few seem to be aware of. Young people especially need to know.