Are you greedy?

@camomom (7537)
United States
October 28, 2008 9:18am CST
My family just started going to an outreach program. We've gone before about 2 years ago. Everyone there is very nice. They basically give food and clothig to those in need for free. They used to give out gas cards to select people based on family size and how you found out about the program. We both worked at Walmart when we first found out about it. Walmart actually asked them to come in and talk to the associates. My store was donating things to them and some associates volunteered for them. They wanted to help out the associates that were in need, in exchange. Well, since I worked there and had 4 people in my home, I got gas cards every week. Now you can only go twice a month because they have so many people in need. We now have 5 people in our household. I don't mind asking for help but for some reason if I ask for the gas cards I feel greedy. We need them but I feel greedy if I ask. If they are offered I don't feel bad. Do you ever use food pantries or outreach programs? Do you feel greedy about it even if you really need the help?
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• United States
29 Oct 08
We haven't used an aid program in several years but I can remember not feeling guilty about using the program. We paid our dues for the program and took what we needed nothing more. We used the program a lot less than the other people did to make sure that the other people that really needed a lot of help got the chance to get the items they needed. I say if the program exists and you need the help there is nothing wrong with using that program. There is nothing to feel guilty about if you need the help.
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@camomom (7537)
• United States
29 Oct 08
That's what we try to do, Only take what we really need and nothing more and we do donate clothing and things that we have and no longer need. Thanks.
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
28 Oct 08
I'm like you, I don't like to come out and ask for things. I will take things if they're offered from a place like that, but I don't like to look too greedy. There was a program I once belonged to that had a clothing room. You could go in and just take any clothes you wanted. I didn't feel right about it. Granted I had 3 kids at the time and we weren't making much money, but I just didn't like walking out with a bunch of clothes, so I never used it. The only time we recieved clothes was when the girls who worked the desk started tossing hats and mittens on my kids.
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@camomom (7537)
• United States
28 Oct 08
I'm glad I'm not the only one that feels this way, Thanks.
• Philippines
28 Oct 08
It depends on how you feel about greed. If you request for a refund on something you purchased because you need the money doesn't mean you are greedy. Greed is when you have a lot of something but you still want to have a lot more of that something in any means.
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@camomom (7537)
• United States
28 Oct 08
I guess you're right but I still feel greedy asking for things, even when they are genuinely needed. I used to always have money and I was the one that used to help out others, I guess it's because I'm on the other side of it now that I feel this way.
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@Erin88 (348)
• United States
29 Oct 08
I don't think you should feel greedy if you need them. That's what it's there for. I received food from a church once. It was shortly after my son's dad left. I didn't have a job and we had very little food in the house. The woman made me feel uncomfortable. I was very grateful for everything she gave us, but I couldn't get myself to go back when we ran out. A friend helped us the next month. I ended up having to move back home with my mom. But anyway, don't ever feel guilty. I like to think that someday I'll be able to help someone else when my situation is a little better.
@camomom (7537)
• United States
30 Oct 08
That's true, it is why they're there. That wasn't right of them to make you feel bad, especially if it was a church. I don't have that problem with the one I go to because all the volunteers are also using the program. They treat everyone like they are rich and make everyone feel like family. This organization is also through a church and will pray for or with anyone that asks. I guess I should just stop feeling needy and greedy and ask for what I need. Thank you and good luck with your situation.
@chiyosan (29383)
• Philippines
28 Oct 08
there are quite a lot of outreach programs here in the country mostly what we do, in our company and as individuals was to keep and collect clothes, and prepare meals and some activities with a certain or a chosen community and share with them the blessings we have.
@camomom (7537)
• United States
28 Oct 08
That's what this program does.