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30 Years Ago...
After a long night listening to my step-dad and his buddies get drunk, I awoke in the cold. The wood stove had yet been stoked. The icy floor greets my toes and I stretch out, thinking' What will I wear today?'. It is a question all junior high kids think about, daily, since it's the first step to acceptance. My clothes are from a thrift shop. I open the one drawer that works without having to yank and jerk it. It's also the only drawer that has a handle. I pull out my favorite shirt. It's white tee with the words "United Colors of Bennetton". I like to think that all people, regardless of colors, could be united. I raise my arms and there's a faint odor. My body speaks to me of its growth and yet, there will be no shower for me this morning. We are running low on water. Some extra deodorant will have to do.
This is the type of morning I was greeted with as a child. So many of our youth are living without. How can we combat this kind of inequality? How can this still exist in 2018? It does and the stories our children tell are of a daily struggle to survive. LOOP is working with young women to change their futures. Together, we can lift them up and help them spread their wings. Any little bit counts.
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