My friend, Polly Camp, sent this to me today and while I do not know the actual source, I wish it had been me who wrote it. 

For a very long time I have been actively avoiding products made in China for a few different reasons.  One is that I believe they are trying to kill us with lead based paint, cheap plastic that leaches into our food and our skin, poison sheetrock and weird ingredients in dog food. 

The other big reason is that, like the writer below, I believe it is our obligation to support American businesses in order to save our economy.  Besides, they are less likely to poison us.

One Light Bulb at a Time!
A teacher in high school, once told the
students that while one grasshopper on the railroad tracks wouldn't slow a train very much, a billion of them would. With that thought in mind, read the following...obviously written by a good American...
(I think this lady's on the right track. Let's all get behind her!)
Good idea...One light bulb at a time...
Check this out. I was in Lowes the other day, and just for the heck of it I was looking at the hose attachments... They were all made in China.
The next day I was in Ace Hardware, and just for the heck of it I checked the hose attachments there. They were made in USA.. Got me thinking. Start looking.
In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy, or do, affects someone else - maybe even their job...
My grandson likes Hershey's candy. I just noticed that it is marked 'made in Mexico ' now. I choose not to buy it any more.
My favorite toothpaste, Colgate, is also 'made in Mexico ' now. I've switched to Crest. You have to read the labels on everything.
This past weekend I was at Kroger. (Can be true for any store.) I needed 60W light bulbs, and Bounce dryer sheets. I was in the light bulb aisle, and right next to the GE brand I normally buy, was an off brand
labeled, "Everyday Value." I picked up both types of bulbs and compared the stats - they were the same, except for the price. The GE bulbs were more money than the Everyday Value brand...but the thing that surprised me the most, was the fact that GE was 'made in MEXICO ' and the Everyday Value brand was 'made in (you got it) the USA ', in a company in Cleveland, Ohio.  So throw out the myth that you cannot find the products you use every day...made right here!!!!!!!
On I went to another aisle. Those Bounce Dryer Sheets I needed - yep, you guessed it! Bounce cost more money - and - it's made in Canada. The Everyday Value brand was less money - and - 'MADE IN THE USA'! Bye-bye Bounce! I did laundry yesterday, and the dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free I've been using for years...and at almost half the price!
My challenge to you is this. Start reading the labels when you shop for everyday things, and see what you can find that is made in the USA. The job you save may be your own, or your neighbors!
If you accept the challenge, pass this on to others in your address book, so we can all start buying light bulb at a time!
Stop buying from overseas companies and other countries!
(We should have awakened a decade ago...)
Let's get with the program...and help our fellow Americans keep their jobs, and create even more jobs, right here in the USA.

Think about this the next time you are shopping.  One person cannot do it all, but a lot of people can make a difference.

leslie edwards