Do you do anything to help the poor in your neighbourhood?

@whywiki (6070)
Canada
March 3, 2008 11:58am CST
I do a bit but I think I really owe it to society to do more. We have a blue box recycling program where once every two weeks we get curbside pickups of our recycling. I always throw in my tetra packs and oj containers knowing the recycle guys won't take them. If I put it out to the curb the night before this homeless guy comes buy with his shopping cart and takes the things that are worth money. I usually have about $3 worth of things in my box and I hope this helps the guy out. I know it isn't much but it makes me feel better about my overindulgent lifestyle. How about you? Do you do anything to help the poor help themselves?
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17 responses
10 Mar 08
I do alot of recycaling and also through my work I do alot of charity events where we all bake a cake and then sell it at work to makes some money for a charity or I even make jewleery in my spare time and if I sell them at my work place I always find a charity and donate around 50% of the total cost. I wish I could do more like you however where does it stop if you keept going then you would be poor yourself and at the end of the day every little helps and it may be more than the next person is doing.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
10 Mar 08
We do charity events at work too and I think it is a great boost for morale too. You are right though there is only so much we can all do.
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10 Mar 08
I think we need to worry more about who is not helping them out there but could really afford to, at the end of the day it does not always take your own money to help just your time and effort
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
10 Mar 08
That is so true. Our time is very valuable and if everyone just helped a little...
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@lateesha (94)
14 Mar 08
well there is a community in town were i live that helps buy giving them clothes ,meals etc but they still out there and begging i dont understand because some of them are telling lies
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
15 Mar 08
I have seen guys spend the day begging and then they hop in a cab to go home. I think some of them are less than honest.
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@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
5 Mar 08
I dont..not because i dont want to or can't but because in all honesty, we dont live in a "neighbourhood" and the nearest villages and towns dont have any homeless ppl....HOWEVER I do do things like donate clothes etc to the Salvation Army and when I was living back in Canada still I did what I could when I could...
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
5 Mar 08
I used to live in the sticks and there were no homeless there either I can relate to that but giving clothes is great. I think it is one of the basic necessities that sometimes I take for granted.
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@ctrymuziklvr (11063)
• United States
4 Mar 08
I'm considered poor in my neighborhood and I was homeless not long ago and know what these people are going through. I save soda bottles and cans and when I see someone walking by my house collecting them I usually have a big bag to give them.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
5 Mar 08
I think once you have been there you understand a whole lot about how hard these people have it and can see the other side of the coin. I sometimes pull over and give my empty cans in my car to guys collecting them from the garbage cans. It is amazing how recycling cans helps the earth and the people.
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@pkc3000 (1268)
• India
4 Mar 08
Dear friends I always try to help poor whether it is economically,socially. Every year on the occasion of festival I distribute foods, clothes to the people who are actually below the proverty line. I tried to help the poor boys/girls by giving them books/copies for their education. Great scholar says that if you donate something to the poor people they will bless you and this blessing is a big deposit which will protect you from all sorts of danger. Each & every human being should spent few portion of his earnings to the downtrodden person for the betterment of society. pkc3000
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
5 Mar 08
I agree with you wholeheartedly if everyone who could afford to help no matter how little there would be a whole lot less sadness in the world.
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@mohnish (116)
• India
4 Mar 08
yes, quite often i do some kind of charity in my locality - i often teach the poor children who cannot afford to go to schools and sometimes i donate my old clothes to these children , it gives me alot of mental peace.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
5 Mar 08
Education is so often taken for granted in my country and it is so sad. I wish that kids the whole world over could afford to go to school. What you do for them is so important, they are lucky to have a friend like you.
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
3 Mar 08
I am considered the poor in my neighborhood however what I do have I do try to give back. I donate anything I have to clothing depots. Any products I don't use I give to people who I think could use it. I try to help out where I can right now and when my situation improves I hope to do more.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
3 Mar 08
I think that it is great that people without that much extra still think of others when they can. We are like that at work and often we trade things with each other that we have finished with.
@Gwatson (58)
• United States
4 Mar 08
Being a fellow none-rich person, I do what can using what little I've got. My contributions seem so small. I often wonder how people who are well-to-do can turn their backs to the poverty all around them.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
5 Mar 08
I know what you mean, it angers me when I see these spoiled Hollywood brats that could be using their position and money to better the world and all they seem to care about is their cars and bling! Then there is Paris Hilton but that is a whole other post!
• United States
5 Mar 08
LoL 10-4 on that one
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
18 Mar 08
we donate clothes to a thrift store all the time that helps people. in the city where i live, there is a homeless shelter for teens where we donate clothes to (and sometimes food) we are also struggling financially and we get a lot of hand me downs in clothes, so we do share what we get!
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
18 Mar 08
I think it is great how people share clothes and they get full use. It drives me crazy when people have a closet full of clothes they never where when people go without.
• Canada
18 Mar 08
Across the street from my apartment in Canada (I'm in AZ right now but will be home in a month!) there is a drop-in centre where the poor and homeless go for a meal, and to find work, use the computer library, etc. Since it is right across from my apartment, I have no problems walking over there with a box of donuts, or some food, or something like that.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
18 Mar 08
I bet they really appreciate everything you do for them. I prefer to help those who are trying to help themselves.
• United States
4 Mar 08
I put things up for offer on a local freecycle website, does that count?. Also i have donated a few times to the salvation army:)
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
5 Mar 08
That does count and I think it is a great idea. So much goes into the landfill here that could easily be used by someone else. One mans junk is another mans treasure.
@lordmarx (11)
• Philippines
4 Mar 08
i just wish that these people are just my neighbors.. they could help a lot in our community.. 'Philippines' has lot of people who does need help.. {i wander what the officials did with the money they steal from government funds}.. (if ever you heard the news). $3 dollars with be 3 meals already.. but primarily the real help is giving them a job or a capital to work with so they would not beg and beg.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
5 Mar 08
The real help is when they are given a chance and a job. I think some people just need a break every once in awhile.
@bagumbayan (2707)
• Philippines
4 Mar 08
We also separate our waste for the garbage boys to pick up and sell the items. We also help in the rescue operations of the social worker in our place to help those homeless, vagrants people roaming the street. We also give old clothes, canned goods and other things to those affected by fire, thyphoon, flood and other calamities. We also help in some fund driving of schools and churches. Me and my friends is planning to put up a foundation for charitable and other activities for the poor and the whole community in need of services.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
5 Mar 08
I like to help those that are trying to help themselves. I think it is wonderful that there are people like you out there making life a little easier on those in need.
• United States
4 Mar 08
Well with the price of metal and copper where it is at my family puts out random pieces of scrap on the curb. There as been this couple lately that will come by and pick it up. We assume that they are taking it over to the damp for some quick cash. SO what we have been doing is actually been wrapping it up for them so that it is easier for them to take to the dump. I know its not a lot but it seems like the appreciate it since now we see them every week and talk to them.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
5 Mar 08
A random act of kindness and I bet it pays off in kindness returned to you. I think what seems like not a lot to some of us means a whole lot to others. If everyone did a random act of kindness each week the world would be a much happier place to live.
@raijin (10380)
• Philippines
4 Mar 08
I grew up in a not so rich community, we call them here as "barrios" where the "have-not's" and "have's" meet. Though we're now a bit in the middle class of society, I still prefer to be with my friends who are not that lucky enough to taste the life that we have right now. I keep contact with them almost every week, as I'd go to their place and reminisce the times I used to be there. I'd also offer some help whenever I could, be it financial or simply my presence of just being there to support them in any way as long as I could afford. Some have even improved their ways of living, though most of them are still homeless because they do not own the lot that their house was build..
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
5 Mar 08
I think it is nice you still go back and see your friends, friendship can go along way in making someone feel good.
@dtroas (481)
• United States
4 Mar 08
Yes I donate food to the food bank, I send my clothes to the church or heart house. We have a heart house in our area that is for the homeless, which is a great place they take them in. Help them get there life together, educate them on work help get them jobs. You can donate all kinds of stuff to this place. After getting a job they allow them to stay for a few months to save up money to help them get a place. At Christmas always give money to help others.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
5 Mar 08
I think it great when people go to the effort to donate clothes. It must be a horrible feeling to have nothing to wear and really have nothing to wear. I think it is great there is places that give a helping hand and get people back on their feet, the world needs more of them.
@dfinster (3538)
• United States
3 Mar 08
I know it doesn't seem like much or that big of a deal, but when I can afford to I give goods to the local food drive. To me even if it's just 1 or 2 things I always think tthat's it's better than doing nothing. I wish I could do more but money is really tight for us.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
4 Mar 08
I think it is a big deal. If everyone just helped a little the world would be a nicer place to live in.