Make a list of all the things that $1 can buy. Two packs of gum. A song on iTunes. A cup of McDonald’s Sweet Tea. Really, really, really cheap socks.
A chance for a healthy life.
It only costs $1 to immunize a child against the measles.
The American Red Cross is part of a movement called the Measles Initiative, a program that seeks to reduce measles deaths through supporting vaccinations. Measles has been almost entirely eradicated in the Western world, but the disease kills an estimated 540 children a day throughout the globe. These deaths are easily preventable.
Several of us on the new AmeriCorps team decided to form our own Measles Initiative committee here in Grand Rapids; we want to spread the word and partner with each of you to make a difference in children’s lives. The global measles death rate has already dropped 74% from 2000 to 2007, and we hope to help the death rate drop even further.
Be on the lookout for Measles Initiative activities coming your way. And if your church, social organization, school, or other group would like to work with us on the Measles Initiative, let us know! We’d love to talk about ways to get involved.
So the next time you buy a bottle of soda, or a package of paperclips, remember to spread the word about the Measles Initiative and what one dollar can do.