Do you have any experience in helping the poor ?

Hong Kong
July 29, 2011 3:58am CST
There are just too many poor related problems and poor people in this world.There are just too many donation request on the street and sometimes I really don't know if they are real or not.The news have shown us that there are just some kinds of big commission goes in to the pocket of the street donation personnel. It has becomes a job for many people and many their commission from helping the poor donation action.It seems like the purpose of helping the poor cannot be achieved if a large amount of money doesn't reach to the related benefit or the pocket of the poor . What do you think?
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
31 Jul 11
Hi Wildlittlefan. I think if your heart tells you it is a good thing then it is a good thing but if you don't feel it is a good thing then it is better to keep the little money in your own pocket. I believe God gives us all what is called spiritual decrement so we can tell what is right and wrong. I trust in God and know HE will never lead me astray. We take our extra vegetables to the food bank and give them to the people standing there.
• Hong Kong
4 Aug 11
Talking about food bank, it really helps our poor in our local food bank. Many people donate either money and food to the food bank.People who are always living with a low income always go there and get lots if food for their family. It is really a good plan to help the poor like that in a practical way.However, we can't only count on the government to do all the work in helping the poor, the people in the city must do something anyway. Well, I hope that the richer people can make use of their money in helping the poor so that more people can benefit from all these support. Happy mylot.
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@free_man (7337)
• United States
4 Aug 11
Hi Widlittlefan. I think if we all that had extra would take it to the local food banks it would help the poor. But there are many that don't have much to offer even a kind word or a smile offering to help the poor do something they can't afford for nothing. But there are a lot that don't even give a hoot about anyone but themselves. We all can pray that God will show us what to do to be more helpful to our own community.
@francesca5 (1344)
29 Jul 11
I used to give money to people on the streets, but I just don't anymore, as there are so many, and I'm not absolutely sure who is genuine and who isn't. I do, though, have a friend, who is homeless, and I go with him and buy him a cup of coffee and have a chat with him once a week, and it seems to have cheered him up an awful lot. As I used to see him all the time in the library, just wasting time there, and so I decided to have a chat to him. Obviously you have to be very careful, before you do anything like that, and I knew a fair bit about him before I did it. But sometimes moving on from giving money to giving time is better, maybe volunteering at the local soup kitchen, or whatever, once a week, or something, is actually better than just giving money.
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• Hong Kong
29 Jul 11
I agree with you that we don't need to give money all the times but some comfort , support and encouragement will always be more useful in helping the poor.On the other hand, we can always learn something from the poor as well. The way they can still survive in the society and facing tough time when running out of money.There are times we are poor within our inner being as well , even when sometimes we are rich in terms of finance.Who is the real poor people in the world? I think sometimes the rich can a be the poor and the poor can be the rich as well.Whether we are rich or poor , we need to help others when we can.I am poor at the moment because I am very tired and need to go to sleep now.(poor little me). Thank God today is over and tomorrow will be a new day.Happy mylot.
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@thatgirl13 (7307)
• South Korea
30 Jul 11
My aunt is very good in helping people and social service things. She does a lot and donates a lot for the orphans and the old people. And yes because of I too have done a bit of my share. I have donated bags of clothes and once I did donate this piggy bank of mine too. It was really heavy and we had a hard time taking it there. And we have also at times visited orphanages and made food for them and donated some money to the owner.
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@zhawee (875)
• Philippines
30 Jul 11
Yahh that we call mondos operation.. Here so many street children.I don`t not know if i trust them or not, its becouse that children hold by the cendicate. Sometime they parents teach them to work in the street. Even in the goverment have corruption. You give big donation for the poor but the goverment do make corruption..
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• Jacksonville, Florida
29 Jul 11
I do help the poor. I give food to the homeless on the streets, not money. That's where people think in the wrong manner. You don't have to give away money to help people. I helped build a house for a woman who takes in homeless people and she only had a 2 bedroom house! There are other ways of helping besides just giving money. I also write to prisoners who are lonely and some of them just need a friend. I think I am helping BIG time and I haven't given one cent out of my pocket to them! There are SO many ways to help without getting scammed by anyone. I love helping and I don't have much money to give so I find other ways and I love it. =) Helping one person at a time can change this sad world we live in...
@asyria51 (2870)
• United States
29 Jul 11
I work with a local charity that has people sponsor families at Christmas. This organization vettes the families that get sponsored, they have to be low income etc. They give you the basic information of number of people in the family, ages and whether they are male or female. Then you put together a few bags of groceries and presents for the family members. Last year I had a single mom and three kids. I bought about $100 dollars in groceries ($150 before coupons and specials). I bought a gas card for the mom, movies and toys for the kids and a gift certificate to the local thrift store so that the mom could buy "new" used clothing in the sizes that the kids wore. All in all I spent about $250. You had the choice to drop it off at their house, or just drop it off at the organization. I dropped it off at the house. I knew it was going to go to good use.
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@CTHanum (8254)
• Malaysia
29 Jul 11
Hi wild! I help them whenever I could. There are people who really need our help and there are many types of helps we could offer to them which includes money, things, energy etc. I know that I am not living in this world alone.(^^)
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29 Jul 11
Yes i like to help the poor and not even them but the people who are sick from something that it's treatment is really expensive i don't give much money but it's still something.
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@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
29 Jul 11
No I do not help the poor! How can I when am my own charity? I just looked at my paycheck and I am not a happy camper! I have been short changed on hours and my check looks pathitic! My car insurance payments are all screwed up! I once again over drew my savings account balance! The more I make the more bills I end up paying! The more I work the more the taxes get taken out! I am working at my other job sparingly! Really considering looking for a part-time job! Until I win the lottery I can't help anyone else out except myself!
@gEa_88 (67)
• Philippines
29 Jul 11
I am totally saddened by the thought of corruption even in donations.The best thing to do for educated people who have the heart and conscience is to make decisions wisely regarding these matters and not waste the donation to fakes. Another thing is to offer goods rather than money. As for me, I experienced helping the poor through our school activity. I have learned that we should not offer the poor we are helping with the money we have as a student. We have to send out solicitation letters and gather the money ourselves then with this, we buy things that can prove useful like a sewing machine and washing machine or even create a single water supply for the place. Also, since not everyone can use the offered goods all at once, we help business programs and teach some of the folks in crafting materials that won't need a heavy capital. Then we also have teaching programs for those unfortunate enough to go to school.Helping the poor this way, rather than simply giving money, why not help them earn money. So many ways to help the poor, but many end up not doing something.
@dodofone (80)
• Australia
29 Jul 11
I appreciate your discussion. Are we living in hell? Where is the true compassion to help the poor? As you've said I am myself horrify by all the big commission going in to the pocket of crooks.
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@faisale83 (198)
• India
29 Jul 11
ya , we have a group of friends having small system to provide help to poor people. what we are doing here is we just rise a small fund half yearly and provide this to poor people nearby our area
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29 Jul 11
yes there are lot of people like that. they deceive us by their looks, they also use kids to deceive others. some are pretending to be handicapped. i know its difficult for them to spot if they are real or not, its their conscience if they trick us or not. i easily get pity on them especially children and old beggars but still i have to give them a little money or food will do.
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@marie2052 (3697)
• United States
4 Aug 11
I got started learning how to knit squares for an Organization that sends out lapghans, and loveghans or afghans as we know it. We do this for free and know that our hands in crafting we are keeping other people warm. I lost my granddaughter when she was 21 months old to an unusual illness. I found this organization before Haile passed and they sent her a box. So when Haile passed away, I taught myself to knit so I could send in squares for others in honor of Haile and the wonderful Organization that exsists to help one more person whether it be a baby, child or adult.