How have American kids been faring during the economic recession? Well, the Salvation Army has released a new report that examines that, and it shows that a lot of young people in the US are struggling—big time.
The report is titled "Growing Up in a Downturn" and it found that 81% of Salvation Army youth programs saw an increased demand for services in 2011.
According to Salvation Army commander William Roberts, parents across the country are being forced to make hard choices every day about the welfare and safety of their children.
Commissioner Roberts says "We believe it’s important to inspire every youth to discover their God-given talent, and we want them to have an opportunity to have access to facilities where they can try a new sport, a new language, a new art class or music so that they can become the people God created them to be."
Wow—that is a powerful statement! You know, I’ve always been a big supporter of the Salvation Army, and I’m inspired by their commitment to meet the needs of children and families who could use a bit of help right now.
Perhaps you’re one of those persons who places some change into the Salvation Army’s red kettles every holiday season. Well given the increased need for services need, I’d suggest you consider making a special EXTRA donation to the ministry this spring or summer.
To read the Army’s special report, just go to SalvationArmyUSA.org and look for the link marked “Growing up in a Downturn.”
I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.