Talking About: Disadvantaged Children

You can use these talking points to discuss homeless families and children living in poverty. Use your parental discretion when determining which topics are appropriate for your child. For additional support when you sign up for A Magic Penny event, we will provide you with talking points about the specific organization we are partnering with.

Homelessness and Poverty

  • Some people do not have homes to live in…
  • It is unsafe and unhealthy to not have a place to sleep or stay warm/cool…
  • Some people have a place to sleep but cannot afford to buy food, soap, and other items they need…
  • “Poverty” and “Poor” mean not having enough money to buy things you need…
  • Sometimes a family with children is “homeless” or “poor”…
  • “Disadvantaged” or “underprivileged” means having less money and chances to succeed than other people…

Basic Necessities

  • We need to sleep and take care of our bodies in order to stay healthy…
  • We need pillows, towels, and toiletries to take care of ourselves…
  • “Toiletries” are items you need to keep your body clean and healthy, like toothpaste and soap…
  • “Necessities,” like pillows, towels, and toiletries cost money…
  • If a family can’t afford these basic needs, they cannot stay healthy…
  • Unhealthy families have a hard time finding a job or working to make money they need…
  • People who have homes and are healthy can help by donating food and other necessities for those in need…

Diapers and Hygiene

  • People who are homeless or poor cannot afford to buy diapers…
  • Diapers cost a lot of money, and babies/toddlers use a lot of diapers every day…
  • If a family can’t afford diapers, a baby may have to wear a dirty diaper long enough to get sick…
  • “Hygiene” means clean habits for good health…
  • Without diapers, families have bad hygiene and are in danger of getting sick…
  • Unhealthy families have a hard time working to make money they need…

Books and Opportunity

  • Books cost a lot of money…
  • People who are homeless or poor cannot afford to buy books…
  • If a family can’t afford books, young children can’t enjoy stories or learn…
  • Not having stories means missing a chance for joy, comfort, and family time…
  • Not having books to learn from or practice reading means missing a chance to succeed…
  • A person who doesn’t have tools for learning, like books, has a hard time getting a job to make money to buy what they need…

Shelters and Centers

  • “Shelter” is a place that protects you from weather and danger…
  • There are shelters and centers that help families who don’t have homes…
  • Some families move into a shelter until they have money and are ready for their own home…
  • Some people have a place to sleep but need help centers to supply them with food and other basic necessities…

 

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