Ways a community helps those in need...making a difference

United States
August 15, 2009 11:18am CST
Most communities today each have their own ways of making a positive difference in the lives of the less-fortunate in their area. We have women's and homeless shelters, toy collections and gifts for impoverished families, and drives to collect food, shampoo, diapers and other necessities for our people who are "down on their luck." What are the ways your community helps make a difference for those less fortunate in your area? Karen
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@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
16 Aug 09
Hi Karen! You (and your group) are doing great community service for the downtrodden. Hats off of to you. We also try to help poor by giving donations to our 'temple' authorities, who take care of poor people's needs. I wish that I could associate myself with some organisation, who is active in these kind of activities, but for time constraints at present, it does not become possible.
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• United States
17 Aug 09
Hi Deepak :) Yes, I feel so pleased to be a part of this generous community! Nothing lifts the spirit as quickly as being able to help someone in need. I think you are doing a generous thing, and perhaps in the future, you will have fewer demands on your time :) Take care and have a wonderful new week. Karen
@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
17 Aug 09
Hi Karen! You are going a great and very satisfying job. Keep it up!!
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• United States
17 Aug 09
Thank you, Deepak. I think most of us derive a great deal of pleasure when we are able to help those in need.
• United States
29 Aug 09
I'm not too sure what they do in my community; but I read of a wonderful idea the other day. The idea was that many times when women have to go to shelters and it's around Mother's Day - they often are not remembered by ANYONE; so two ladies decided to change that. They started a jewlery business where they actually customized their merchandise and then took it to homeless shelters and let the children pick out one piece to give to their mom - free of charge. It was an article in one of the summer issues of Family Circle I believe.
• United States
30 Aug 09
Hi Winorak. I read that same article. Isn't it amazing the wonderful things that occur to one person to help another? It lets us know that there is still far more good that negative in our world. I find that a comfort, an inspiration. Thank you for sharing it. Karen
• United States
20 Aug 09
Hi Karen...we have alot of community services for those in need. We have clothes closets and food pantries. At holidat times like Easter,Thanksgiving and Christmas they give out special baskets to families that would not otherwise have fixings for a holiday meal. We also have help for parents with back to school help with clothing and school supplies for their children. The schools even get involved with a canned food drive or collecting pennies to donate to an organization. It is nice to know that we live in a country that will still help their citizens when they are down on their luck and do it without asking questions. flutterby
• United States
21 Aug 09
Hello Flutterby. I live in a small town, and those are many of the same things we have. I agree that it is nice to live where normally, one in trouble or in need has only to ask to obtain willing help. Karen
@savypat (20246)
• United States
17 Aug 09
We have many home gardens here and there is a big push to grow a row for the needy. Our unemployment is one of the highest in our state so we all need to chip in with what ever we can do.
• United States
17 Aug 09
Hello Pat. Since I live in Michigan, I can truly empathise with your state's unemployment woes! Community gardens are a great idea. We grow so much surplus in our country, that I've often wondered at why so many hungry still suffer. Karen
@mysdianait (64056)
• Italy
15 Aug 09
Over here in Italy we have a lot going on for those less fortunate, some organised natianally and some locally. Anyone can go and have lunch in one of the canteens for the needy that can be found in most towns. If someone is unable to visit then they will even deliver to the person's home. We also have clothes collections and some local groups of volenteers who organise shopping speditions whereby they go and do the shopping for those who cannot move very far from their own homes. I'm sure there are other things going on too but for the life of me I can't remember them right now and this gives me an awful feeling. I don'treally do enough for those worse off
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• United States
15 Aug 09
Hello Diana. Your country sounds very generous in taking care of those in need, and I think that is a beautiful thing. I'm sure, like most of us, you do what you can. :) Thank you for sharing how Italy aids their less fortunate citizens. Karen
@webearn99 (1744)
• India
15 Aug 09
Donation of the essentials to the needy is OKAY. I think that training of these in some viable trade is also necessary. I have seen that most of the 'down on luck' people who do not have a good skill set. We can also pool jobs and assign to these people to keep them afloat. It is not an individuals effort, but of the whole community.
• United States
15 Aug 09
Hi there. I live in the US in Michigan. Our state currently has the highest unemployment in the country, so these people are sincerely skilled, but have lost good jobs due to the economy. And then there are the poor that exist to some extent everywhere. I feel especially tender toward children! You're right, helping those in sincere need requires community effort and often further education or training in a field. Karen
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
15 Aug 09
HI KAREN, u do have alot of things to help other people & that is great. I live in a small town & may not be aware of some of the things we have. We do have a place called we care that u can take anything to, clothes, furniture just about anything. It is sponsered by some of the churches here. They help people who are down on their luck for whatever reason. I'm proud that we have it. There is another place that helps unwed mother's. That's a good thing to. Those are the only two that i'm aware of. Happy days to u.
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• United States
15 Aug 09
Hello friend, I also live in a small town, 7000 people, it makes me happy that we have this many services. Your we care sounds great, too. I think most churches get involved with helping those in need. :) Happy day to you, too. Karen