Our readers throughout the years have responded to the many inequities of life presented in these pages with swift and certain generosity.
One of the most recent examples was readers’ hasty donations to help pay a Gilbert cancer patient’s overdue fees to her homeowners association, which was preparing to foreclose.
Indeed these stories of people we can all relate to — normal citizens caught in the unexpected grip of financial, medical or other difficulty — have led our readers to respond so kindly and so generously.
There are many more such stories in the East Valley on any given day than most of us can ever know about — but people who work in social services know them. And so the Tribune has begun working in partnership with the Mesa United Way to help the underprivileged — especially children — through Our Children Matter: The Tribune Family Holiday Campaign.
Children are the focus of the campaign, as the recent East Valley Needs Assessment found their needs to be near the top of this region’s priority list of those in most need of social services.
Your donations will help fellow East Valley children — from Cave Creek to Queen Creek and points in between — overwhelmed by the difficulties posed by bills, illness or both.
Any group that helps East Valley children will be eligible to apply for grants from the fund created by the Tribune and the United Way.
Our local economy is improving, yet many remain jobless. And even in robust economic times, children still suffer from abuse, neglect, hunger, disease. Many are middle-class kids, not poor enough to qualify for most public aid, not wealthy enough for their parents to be able to take care of their needs.
The old saying is true as it has been throughout the ages, that no man stood so tall as when he stooped to help a child. Our readers have consistently made a difference in the lives of so many they have read about in these pages. Now, you have an opportunity to do it again, on a wider scale, for so many across the East Valley who are in desperate need.
Please make checks payable to Our Children Matter, 137 E. University Drive, Mesa 85201. Our deepest and sincerest thanks to those who step forward to help enrich the lives of the East Valley’s precious ones.