When I was young I spent the weekend with a family friend while my parents attended a wedding. This family and my family had been friends for years, but I rarely got to see them because they were migrant workers and traveled to were the work was. I was thrilled to spend time with them and even more excited that they were staying on a huge farm and that there were lots of other kids to play with me. The best part was I could have all the fresh juicy peaches I could eat! Needless to say I was one happy kid! On the drive back home with my parents I heard my mom ask my dad, "Honey, did you give them any money for watching Stephy this weekend?" My dad replied, "No, they offered." "Trigo! You know they struggle and could really use the money!" she scolded. As the sharp child that I was, I quickly corrected my mother. "They don't struggle with money! The dad works really really hard! He starts in the field before 5am and doesn't get back until after dinner- plus he comes back with bushels and bushels of peaches!"
My dad looked at me through the rear view mirror and asked, "do you know how much money he gets per bushel?" I don't remember the amount he said, but I do remember how guilty I felt for eating so many peaches that weekend. And I will never forget how confused I was. I didn't understand how one who worked so hard could get paid so little. Later in life, that confusion turned into passion towards social and economic justice. Chicago Fair Trade is committed to making sure that dads and moms who work so hard are able to provide well for their families. This work is so important to me that I have donated $100 to CFT this week.
Please join me today to raise $1,000 for Chicago Fair Trade. Even donating $10 can make a huge difference!