Picks and Pans Review: Save the Children
updated 09/29/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 09/29/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT
WHAT INSPIRED THIS IDEA?
I'm a new grandmother [to Ellika, 7, Zoe, 5, Elijah, 3, and Levi, 3]. I'm obsessed with leaving them a better world.
WHAT ARE YOUR WORRIES?
War, education, health care. While I'm proud of what's happening with race and gender in our presidential race, we have a huge population of children left behind. Eighty percent of minority fourth graders aren't reading at grade level. A child is killed by guns every three hours.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
It's about waking up, getting off your duff, seeing our problems clearly and solving them. It's [the CDF's] 35th anniversary year—I would've hoped we'd be out of business by now. People say, 'You do such wonderful work,' and I think, 'Help!' We've all got to.