REDUCING HUNGER IS ONE OF OUR FIVE TOP PRIORITIES ➡ NAMASTE! For Americans, Thanksgiving is a celebration of their blessings. Yet, in most nations, giving thanks also is a part of the culture. In India, Hindus begin their day in their home shrine venerating the divine with fresh flowers and prasadam (a food offering). Every Hindu festival involves counting one’s blessings and thanking God. Giving back out of gratitude also is part of the culture of Lions. We serve because we are thankful. We recognize our advantages and deeply desire to give others what they lack. Sadly, many people worldwide lack enough food. Nearly 800 million people go to bed hungry each night, and a person starves to death every 15 seconds. Hunger is a problem both in developing and developed nations. Shockingly, 16 million U.S. households are undernourished, while 180 million people in my home country of India lack food. In Africa, the situation is even worse. Millions experience chronic hunger because of drought, conflict and high food prices. Thanks to the “green revolution” that increased crop production, hunger can be conquered. It’s largely a matter of getting food we have to people in need. Well, with Lions, we’ve eliminated the middleman. We have an army of volunteers, foot soldiers willing and able to defeat hunger. Understanding how vital food obviously is and how well positioned Lions are to lessen it, Lions Clubs International has prioritized hunger as one of Lions’ five core concerns. So, Lions, support your local food pantry and bank. Help feed low-income children at schools. Donate to LCIF, which routinely supports highly effective Lions’ projects to lessen hunger. Do what you can. As Mother Teresa said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” So with your club or district feed the hungry. Lions will not fail those in such desperate need. This Thanksgiving, indeed each and every month, I give thanks to all 1.4 million Lions and an estimated 175,000 Leos, men and women and youths grateful for their blessings and determined to save and enrich lives by stamping out hunger. DR. NARESH AGGARWAL LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT
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