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Posted on A Season Of Giving: How Do You Help Help Those Less Fortunate?

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#1 posted 12-06-2018 02:08 PM

I’ve mostly lived/worked in major cities and have become mostly immune to the folks sitting on the corners shaking cups at me but lately, there are more and more showing up at the large intersections of the suburban area I live in about 30 miles from DC.

My instincts are, “get a JOB ya lazy bum”, and then my wife will say, “what if that was Jesus”... she always wins… so once a month our parish takes over a kitchen at another church that has a “Help Others” night (lots of other churches do the other nights), and we do a simple meal. I travel a lot for work, and all the little bottles of soap, lotion, shampoo etc, that I don’t open I bring home and they get packed into small toiletry bags for the folks that come in for a hot meal and browse through the 2nd hand clothing.

I haven’t become a “giving tree” putting cash into all of the shaken cups, but for those that are in the unfortunate circumstance of needing help and doing all they can to make it better for themselves… I’m all in. My wife reminds me that it used to be that communities and the churches were the core of caring for those in need before the government started handing out benefits. I do feel better knowing my work and effort goes straight to those that can benefit rather than having charity managed by the Fed….

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