I teach dance at a YMCA in the greater Providence area. I remember two events in particular that opened my eyes for the first time, when I was just sixteen, volunteering. The first was when a three year old girl began crying when her tap shoe broke. She was extremely upset because her "mommy paid a lot of money for the shoes and would be mad". I definitely was not thinking about money when I was three. Another was when a single mother of three approached us after class to ask if she could pay for her three daughters costumes (a total of $45) late because she didn't have the money right then. She told us that we didn't need to give her older two daughters (ages six and eight) their costumes until she paid because they knew she couldn't afford them, but asked if we could give her three year old her costume because she didn't understand that yet. It took her three months to save up that money. When I was little and in dance, my mom was always writing checks for costumes, tuition etc. I never thought twice about asking for a check for something school or dance related.
Although reading and hearing about things like this upsets me, they also make my urge to help those less fortunate, particularly children, even greater. I don't think any child should have to worry about whether or not they will have dinner or a warm place to sleep at night. I hope to help children that have very little to give them a chance to achieve their greatest success.