What do you do to make a difference in the lives of others . . .

United States
September 5, 2011 4:44pm CST
Is it subtle in a pay it forward kind of way. DOnate to charities anonymously. Do you hit the streets? Harvest for Hunger, Meals on Wheels, work in a soup kitchen? Or do you donate to good will, attend events at a local club to benefit others? I am on a bit of a tight, fixed income, but I pay it forward when I can, do not expect anything in return. When one says to me, I cannot pay it back. I quietly tell them, when you find yourself in a similar moment and it is in your power, help someone in need. Do the best you can. I volunteer my time, since I don't have extra funds. Elbow grease is priceless. Just curious what others do?
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@huilichan8 (1379)
• Singapore
5 Sep 11
I wouldn't donate money to local charities because there are many nasty people who work in such places. (I am not kidding; I used to work in charitable organisations.) I would rather donate money to strangers I see oand n the streets. Or I might adopt children from impoverished countries, which is more meaningful to me. Or I might volunteer to give free tuition to children. In fact, I have done that b4 and I used to be quite an active volunteer.
• United States
6 Sep 11
Very inspiring! Thank you!
• Singapore
6 Sep 11
What you have said and what you have done are inspiring too.:)
@KrauseHome (35522)
• United States
11 Oct 11
For the last month my husband and I through the help and support of our Pastor and our church have decided to start a Homeless ministry. What we do is go around collecting donations of stuff that people are no longer wanting and then giving it out to the homeless. We also got a donation of Peanut Butter from one of the smaller family run stores and getting other donations as well. It is great to see the thanks and appreciation from them all.
@maoliu (4)
• China
28 Sep 11
I cannot share more agreement with you .There are so many helpless we can give a hand to .But i prefer an direct way rather than donate to them via any intermediary .Greedy officials are breathing down their necks when it comes to any benefit .I have lost faith in anyone of them .In any case ,best wishes for all the people have the same opinion with you.
@varier (5699)
• Indonesia
18 Sep 11
Well, I ever make a donation and hit the streets, but I am not frequently do that because of lack of time, and especially: lack of funds. I am just try hard to always give my best smile, best act, best help, and best advise to every people. Well, maybe it is just a small things, but I believe it can make some difference...
@stringer321 (3109)
• Kiryat Ata, Israel
14 Sep 11
I think that by the way I behave , I make a difference: I'm being nice to the others , I help my family members in their problems (I help my sister in her studies , I help my mother in her duties and also I help my grandmom in shoping and cleaning). That kind of behavior makes the environment better , I hope it teaches them some empathy. I think everyone can change his own life in a way that he can also help others and still have time for himself.
• India
12 Sep 11
The best way to be charitable is being courteous and polite to others. I come around a lot of people which are just waiting to pick the fight, and when i respond in a polite way, the attitude changes. And as far as concerned i am associated to a foundation which sponsor the education of the underprivilaged children and it really makes me feel good. And i am also on a fixed income too.
@huilichan8 (1379)
• Singapore
6 Sep 11
I like what you said about asking someone whom you have helped to help someone else in need. That is very meaningful.:)