Google just released its “2012 Zeitgeist” list, summarizing the top search terms in a variety of categories. The queries ranged from information on natural disasters, such as Hurricane Sandy, to the latest news on Justin Bieber. When the “most searched cities in Google maps” was calculated, San Francisco topped the list.
Considering the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut at the end of last week, searching for information on what happened, and for some clues for those of us asking why, will be going on for some time. Many to want to offer some comfort to the victim’s families, the surviving children and the New England community suffering such a great loss. Some are searching for a way to honor the memory of all those precious people who are no longer with us. As a tribute to those we lost, one option is to look closer to home to fulfill the dreams of children and the families we can help right here.
There are more than 3,500 children living in the Tenderloin neighborhood in The City. Many of them live with their families in housing provided by the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, known as TNDC. Here is a clip to introduce you to some of “The Voices of TNDC.”
As Angelica in the video clip said, she is headed to college. TNDC operates the Tenderlion After School Program, known as TASP. The program provides a safe place for children to enjoy activities after school and also offers help with preparing for college admission, including a tour of universities and financial assistance for those who qualify.
In this season of being thankful for all of our blessings, if you would like to help a child or a family realize their dreams for a better future, please consider a donation to TASP or other TNDC programs.
Wishing you joy and peace in this special season,