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Because our children do matter

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Posted: Thursday, June 4, 2009 3:06 pm | Updated: 1:33 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Our View: As part of our libertarian mission, we frequently mention on these pages the moral value of people freely choosing how and when to take from their own resources to support others in need. From this perspective, we urge Tribune readers to seriously consider a contribution to Our Children Matter, a two-month fundraising campaign sponsored by this newspaper and Mesa United Way.

As part of our libertarian mission, we frequently mention on these pages the moral value of people freely choosing how and when to take from their own resources to support others in need.

Such private exchanges of charity tend to be more efficient and more helpful in the long run than collective government planning and taxation, which typically create dependency and funding addiction without ever resolving the underlying problems.

From this perspective, we urge Tribune readers to seriously consider a contribution to Our Children Matter, a two-month fundraising campaign sponsored by this newspaper and Mesa United Way. The campaign’s goal is to raise $15,000 for the sole purpose of aiding children to cope with immediate crises that may deprive them of food, clothing or basic school supplies.

While $15,000 might seem like a modest target, reaching that mark would make life better for hundreds of children in Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler and Queen Creek. There’s a constant stream of reports about how the national recession and Arizona’s record number of home foreclosures have pushed many families to the edge of despair — and sometimes beyond. Every East Valley church and charitable organization is struggling to answer more requests for help at the same time that their traditional donation bases have been shrinking.

You can question whether some adults truly deserve assistance if they made unscrupulous decisions that put in them a bind. But any child caught in such a situation is an innocent victim, exposed and vulnerable and worthy of every generosity.

Even tiny sacrifices on your part are meaningful. As Tribune writer CeCe Todd has reported, a single $25 donation to Our Children Matters would provide a growing boy with nourishing snacks for a month. Just $10 would provide a homeless girl with a night of shelter and three full meals.

Donations to Our Children Matter can be made by visiting www.evtrib.com or www.ourchildrenmatter.org. You can learn more about the campaign and how your contribution would help by calling Mesa United Way at (480) 969-8601 or e-mailing donations@mesaunitedway.org.

Any place that you might choose to share your time, energy and money deserves admiration and respect. But we hope you will donate to Our Children Matter as one great way to lift up our communities this summer.

 
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