As most of you have heard, the school year has been postponed in the Ferguson-Florissant School District due to the daily protests and police reaction to same. Since I hope to see protests continue in Ferguson for as long as is necessary, and since the cops can't figure out how to handle that peacefully, school may be out for a while.
But, as all of you know, many families rely on school lunches and breakfasts to help take care of two necessary meals for children. School being postponed can lead to hundreds of families unable to make ends meet as they struggle to provide even more food/child care for school aged children beyond what they had budgeted.*
So, thinking about this and with the idea from a friend, I went to the St Louis Area food bank to make a donation. But then I realized that the STL food bank lets you make donations in people's name. Which gave me the chance to do a little good AND get a little satisfaction. I'm hoping y'all will do the same.
Go to the St Louis Area Food Bank page.
Click on Donate (top right hand corner)!
Enter your amount and then select the button that says Honor/Memorial Gift.
In Memory of: Michael Brown
When giving a gift in honor/memory of someone, you have the ability to notify a recipient of your gift. So I chose to notify the Ferguson Police Department.
To: Chief Thomas Jackson
Address: 222 S. Florissant Road, Ferguson, MO 63135
I included this note: "This donation is in memory of Michael Brown. His life, nor his death, will have been in vain."
This won't fix anything, but maybe it'll do a little good, and doing a little good is one of the best things to do.
*My daughter and I volunteer at the local food bank (in fact, when asked what she wanted to do for her upcoming 11th birthday, she said she wanted her friends and family to come volunteer. That kid.), and a staffer once told me about a kid who routinely made straight As all year, only to fail her last 6 weeks of class. Teachers were puzzled as to why this was, until she clarified - summer school was the only time of day she could have a full meal. She was flunking on purpose just to be able to eat.