“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Hard Times Hurt Charities Big Time
Today's economic times have hit us all hard. Most families are worried about something. Whether that something is losing their home or losing their job, or how they are going to pay their bills. It is a tough economy and charities are seeing just how tough it really is. While they have more people who need them, they have fewer who can help them. For those of us who are struggling, but still are making it taking some time to decide how we could help someone else is a blessing to all involved. Food Banks can buy so much with such a small amount of money. We wouldn't really miss 5.00 or 10.00, but a food bank can provide a family with a week's worth of food for that amount of money. That old coat hanging in your closet that you haven't worn in years can keep someone else warm instead of hanging in your closet. Those extra blankets tucked away in a box under your bed that never get used, could keep a child warm at night. I am sure that there are many churches that know of families that could use those clothes that you no longer wear or no longer want. Sometimes our situation is so dire that we ourselves cannot give monetarily, but giving of our time and giving of ourselves brings hope and joy into a world filled with darkness and sadness. Cooking an extra casserole for a family in the community is another way to give of yourself. Next month our church is hosting family promise. There are several churches in the community that rotate which church hosts which month. Family promise is where our church houses and feeds several families while trying to help them get back on their feet and provide their very basic needs. My daughter and I have spent the night at the church with these families as well as cooked for them. Our family doesn't have much to give in the way of money but we are abundantly wealthy with time to give. So we give of ourselves so that others may share in the hope that Jesus Christ has to offer. Many only think of doing these things during the holidays, but people need help all through the year. I prefer to help out during the off times of year when there are fewer people to help. So this week my challenge to my readers is to put aside their own problems. Think about the problems of the world and find a spot where you can give of yourself. You never know, you may be entertaining angels. May God bless you in your journey today.