According to CNN (from Census Bureau) statistics, poverty rates show that nearly thirty-six million American families have faced living in poverty in 2003. A recent update of the same study on poverty in America has shown a significant increase of 7.6 million families or at least ten percent have fallen vice grip across the state. Poverty is essentially the deprivation of food, shelter, money, and clothing that occurs when people cannot satisfy basic needs. With millions of families at stake, our society cannot give up on these citizens, especially children at high risk for repeating an unfortunate lifestyle of deprivation. Some of the changes that our society needs to fully thrive are to provide children from poverty backgrounds with helpful and informative programs (such as Children’s Defense Fund or CDF). This way, not only does the child receive plentiful guidance and assistance, but also reaches out to the families to help lift them from the crisis of poverty. By identifying tax credits and federal and state government benefits, most families would be eligible to have access to free tax preparation assistance, enabling them to keep more of their hard-earned money and reduce poverty. Help and assistance is always possible for those who desperately need it, but action and initiative must place to inform that such assistance is possible. Such actions include; organizing a public speech, spreading awareness through flyers, or even a fundraiser that commits its funds as donation to help feed or clothe families in need.
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