October 10, 2016

Who You’ll Help

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You may be surprised at the actual poverty level in the Scranton area and who those poor people really are.

One in six Scranton area residents are living below the poverty level. But they aren’t all seniors on Social Security or other adults, as you might imagine. Nearly a third of the poor in our area are children, according to the American Community Survey, a branch of the U.S. Census.

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In Lackawanna County, for example, most of those those living below the poverty level are children. In Luzerne and Monroe counties, the picture is no less bleak.

Many of these children have never known what it’s like to sit down for a Thanksgiving ​dinner with their families, a tradition most of us take for granted. Instead, they will go, as they do most days, hungry and malnourished.

On this one day when most of us have so much to be thankful for, won’t you give so that others may be nourished with our bounty? It will not only make their Thanksgiving better, it will make yours more meaningful too.