Grandparents are Special!

black-grandparentsDid you know……

7 million

The number of grandparents whose grandchildren under age 18 were living with them in 2011.

2.7 million

The number of grandparents responsible for the basic needs of one or more grandchildren under age 18 living with them in 2011. Of these caregivers, 1.7 million were grandmothers and 1.0 million were grandfathers.

594,000

The number of grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 and whose income was below the poverty level in the past 12 months compared with the 2.1 million grandparent caregivers whose income was at or above the poverty level.

5.5 million

The number of children under 18 living with a grandparent householder in 2011. Nearly half, 48 percent or 2.6 million, were under age 6.

10%

Percentage of children in the U.S. living with a grandparent in 2012, totaling 7.1 million.

Many families in the United States observe National Grandparents Day on the first Sunday of September after Labor Day. This day honors grandparents.  We too in West Park join in this celebration!

Grandparents are special in so many different ways,
Their hearts are filled with love and they brighten up our days.
Grandparents are great listeners when we need them to advise,
Because they’re always understanding and are truly very wise.
Grandparents have great smiles because they’ve been smiling for so long,
And they even make us smile when everything is going wrong.
Few can bring the warmth that can be found in their embrace,
And little more is needed to feel loved than the smile on their face.
They’re a supply of precious stories yet they’ve time to wipe a tear,
And give us reasons to laugh as they grow more precious through the years.
Nobody can do for grandchildren what grandparents are willing to do,
Because grandparents sprinkle stardust over our lives in all that we do.
Grandparents are so generous and they make sure we have the best,
So I’m thankful for my grandparents and I know I’m truly blessed.
May the land yield unto them a perfumed garden always growing,
With a warm breeze and a quiet sea that’s filled with love overflowing
.

HAPPY GRANDPARENTS DAY WEST PARK!

Remember to contact me at City Hall with your ideas, suggestions or concerns.  I represent you and appreciate your input into the continued success of our beloved city.  I can be reached at (954) 889-4164 or email fbrunson@cityofwestpark.org

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