The United States of America is a land of opportunity, liberty, and freedom. It is a country founded on the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness: principles which have guided us through a long 229 years.  With the 4th of July rapidly approaching, America will celebrate it’s 230th birthday this July.  Amidst the preparations for the upcoming festivities where many will grill hot dogs and hamburgers, attend family reunions, and praise our resilient country, still others will remain hungry and impoverished. This begs the question; “Should we really be celebrating?”

Of course, most will say that we are celebrating our independence, which is, in part, true, but at the core this is based on the premise ALL Americans deserve life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These principles are definitely worth launching fireworks for, but they have become much less available to those unfortunate.  While we gorge on hot dogs and hamburgers, our nation’s unlucky rifle through garbage cans for leftovers. As we jump into the pool in our swimsuits to escape the summer heat, they search for clean clothing and a soft bed.  As we grow fashion tired of an out of style pair of shoes, they can only hope that they’ll  find a 7 year old pair that actually fits. Be mindful that as many Americans celebrate,  they pray for survival. 

Now, this isn’t a recommendation to cancel your Independence Day plans or spend the day depressed under the covers, but rather a message to take action.  Our forefathers established this great nation to for all people and by all people, they surely didn’t intend to discriminate by excluding the impoverished.    If you are a teen and feel inspired to help those less fortunate by offering hope and making a difference in your community,  join the TOC revolution. If you want to learn more, check out our Twitter and Facebook pages. If you’re an adult who knows a teen that would be a great TOC ambassador, let them know about Threads of Care. We’d be happy to have them! Happy 4th to all!

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