Poor Was Our Normal
Emergency relief supplies flown into Tacloban City in the Philippines are trucked to a warehouse for distribution. (Carol Han, OFDA)
By Chang K. Park
As the founder of Universal Remote Control, my life is so different today than it was during my childhood in South Korea in the 1960s. My family was quite poor, but everyone around us was poor, too, so I thought it was normal.
When I was in elementary school, the teachers would often ask us to bring in a bag from home. I didn't have a bag, so I would fold a newspaper and glue the edges. The next day, they would have us line up outside the storage room, where there was a huge paper drum of powdered milk, bearing the USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) logo. They would shovel powdered milk into our bags, and ask us to take it home, boil it, and drink it. That was our source of nutrition.
As a child growing up in South Korea, my life was deeply influenced by the generosity of this country. That's why I am a member of Bread for the World. Bread helps ensure that our nation is working to alleviate hunger, both at home and abroad.
During these final days of 2013, I hope that Bread can count on your support so the organization can continue its work in the coming year. Bread works hard to defend food aid, foreign assistance, and vital federal nutrition programs that change the lives of so many people — just as they did for me.
When you make a gift to Bread, you are helping people who suffer from hunger. The U.S. humanitarian response to the devastation in the Philippines this year is just one example of how vital foreign assistance can be when disaster strikes. We must ensure that our government protects such programs, which offer a lifeline to people in desperate need.
The hardships I experienced in South Korea may be over, but there are still so many people in so many countries experiencing hunger now. We must work to alleviate such suffering. That is why Bread for the World is so important.
I hope you will choose to help fill the hungry with good things by making a special gift to Bread. Hunger is a part of too many people's lives. Please do what you can to help.
Chang K. Park is a Bread for the World Board Member and President and CEO of Universal Remote Control.
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