What does helping mean?

@marguicha (102277)
Chile
November 2, 2012 8:13am CST
I just read and answered a post about JK Rowlings donating a lot of her money. THe post asked us if we would donate in those circumstances. I think that teoretically all of us would donate if we became billionaires. I just wonder how many of us would get to the point of actually doing it. I think JK Rowlings is an example to follow.We don`t have to be billionaires to help some. Help is not even all about money donations: we can help donating our time. There are people who help with all sorts of causes giving their time for free. And all os us, computer addicts, can donate some minutes of our time each day by playing at the freerice.com site and thus donating rice to hungry people. Have you asked yourself how do you help and what do you do? Even teaching good values to your children is part of it. What is your way to do it? Share!
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12 responses
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
4 Nov 12
I am not able to give money for obvious reasons, but I do give much of my time when I can. Right now I am working on a project with the Red Cross where I am trying to update the shelter agreements so if there is a disaster in our chapter, we will have the information that we need to be able to handle it. Right now, most agreements we have are at least 2 years old so pretty much everything needs to be updated. I really wish that I could have helped with the problems on the east coast, but due to health reasons I couldn't go. I hope that I regain my health soon so I can do even more. Thanks for bringing this up.
@marguicha (102277)
• Chile
5 Nov 12
Dearest Debbie, I know that you do more than your share as help goes. And there are many worthy institutions that need our help. I have found out that we can help in many, many ways. This thing about freerice is perfect for a sedentary person such as I. But I can do my bit. How are you doing, as health goes?
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@marguicha (102277)
• Chile
8 Nov 12
I often think that I can give just a little and many times I think I should be trying to give more than what I do. Still, I think that when we give a little amount, such as in freerice, we also give a caring heart and that is worth a lot. Please tell me how your tests come out ASAP.
@mr_pearl (5037)
• India
3 Nov 12
Hi... J K had seen the worst days of life herself, before the birth of Harry Potter. I have read somewhere that she'd go without food once a day. She did not have enough for one meal and had a child to look after too... Her sense of public duty emerges out of that... She's seen the worst, and now when she's on the top, she's not forgotten what she's been through... It is a great thing... Not everyone can manage that... I'll help too, if i could... The website that you've written about. I'll visit it... I can do that much I guess, if it is for a good cause... Thank you Marguicha! :-)
@marguicha (102277)
• Chile
3 Nov 12
Dear friend, When I spend some minutes at freerice and get some rice by playing, I always say "it`s not much, but there are other people doing this too". There they show you all the campains they have had, how they have helped and what`s the current thing.
@mr_pearl (5037)
• India
3 Nov 12
Hi... I'll definitely give it a try... :-)
• United States
2 Nov 12
I forgot about free rice. I used to play it at least once a day.I have no money but I can play . If I were very rich I would give back. It would be like playing Santa Claus.
@marguicha (102277)
• Chile
2 Nov 12
Freerice is even fun (not enough to get addicted though). There are lots of little things we can give, even if we are not rich.
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• United States
2 Nov 12
I always get obsessed with my video games.
@surekharathi (14134)
• India
29 Nov 12
I cant donate more money for charity because my income is very less and my husband income is also not high. But some time gives some portion of my earning for charity but now middle person eat this money and not reach near charity.
@marguicha (102277)
• Chile
29 Nov 12
There way of donating that do not mean money. I have talked about freerice.com. Check it. You play a game online for some minutes and you donate rice to the hungry. It belongs to the United Nations WFP.
@asliah (11148)
• Philippines
28 Nov 12
hi, for me helping means to extend our support in many ways,such as money,clothes,food and medicines,and also praying will never be gone in helping,for me because i am not that rich person but i have many old clothes i think i can donate those clothes that i didn't use anymore.
@marguicha (102277)
• Chile
28 Nov 12
You are right. Helping can be done in many ways. I play each day at freerice.com for rice for hungry people. And I donate some money when I can to my favorite charity: a cancer foundation for children in my country.
• India
5 Nov 12
Your answer explains it better. By the way, thanks for suggesting a wonderful site. Have a good day
@marguicha (102277)
• Chile
5 Nov 12
Freerice is a wonderful site. And for me it was important that it had a backup from a place I trusted: the United Nations. So I use that site a little everyday, if I can.
@Metatronik (5923)
• Pasay, Philippines
3 Nov 12
Helping other people is something that you really want to make or you are sincere to share without asking the acknowledgement or any reward to the people that you want to help. If you want to help people it all means that it benefits to the other people and not to you. Because if you are a type of person who projects that you are helping others then you are asking for return then you cannot call it as helping but that is what you call an exchange deal that most companies are doing. I agree that helping is not about money and we can help other people even if we are not billionaire or rich as JK Rowling. Not also by donation on giving them some basic needs or materials. We can also help them on how to protect themselves, educate them, emotional care and other more without the involvement of the money. Even more we should also help other people to have mental discipline in terms of cleanliness in our surroundings to avoid the floods and disasters that can affect lives of many people. Actually if I could be rich as JK Rowling I have this thought of helping the charitable institution not by just giving the money itself but help them to improve the temporary shelter. To share with you something there was a time that I've already tried to live in temporary shelter just for 3 days for some reason since I don't want to go home. So I was able to see how does it look like. That house is lacking sanitary especially in terms of the bathroom. Then by the time that I am sleeping I could smell the bad odor from outside that is like the expired rice. I've asked a kid who is also living there if what are the lessons that they are taking then he mentioned that they were taught how to use instruments, catechism or any religious subject with morals, taekwando. But then when I asked if they have math he said they were not taught about math. So I realized they are still lacking of knowledge in other thing. I have this thought that if I would be also rich like JK Rowling to the extent of being billionaire then I would want to offer regarding the whole improvement of that shelter, sanitary needs, and training in cleanliness, more so the training on how to protect themselves, how to face reality, and provide them instructors in math, science, and parenting as well since I've seen a mother there. So I would want to sincerely help them of course for their comfort.
@marguicha (102277)
• Chile
3 Nov 12
People don`t have to be rich to do all that. There`s no need to say "if I were JK Rowling..." I brlieve we must all ask ourselves what we can do.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
3 Nov 12
Although it was nice that she donated that money, I agree that we don't have to be billionaires to help people. There are other ways. I like the teaching your children about values and kindness. Sometimes a little kindness can be worth a million bucks. I think that there is power in numbers too. Fundraisers and such can really help out charities.
@aabuda (1729)
• Philippines
2 Nov 12
I think it doesn't mean that we have to donate something materially just to be a philanthropist...we can actually do good deeds in any forms.....if don't have money, we can actually help in the Red Cross in preparing goods for their relief efforts....atleast you have donated your time in order to do such noble act....
@marguicha (102277)
• Chile
3 Nov 12
You are right: there are many ways to help out. When there`s a mayor earthquake in my country (we have some of those), there are people who lose their belongings. Some people donate material things, but others sort food and clothes. They donate their time.
@mzz663 (2775)
• United States
2 Nov 12
I've never heard of freerice.com until you mentioned it here! Right, if I were a billionaire, I would give to who I thought needed it the most. JK Rowlings is someone that would donate her money, it is money she never had before and knows how it is to have to work for your money. Usually, I try to help different families out, even when it is not a holiday. I can usually find someone that needs help through my local school. They may not give me a family's name and the donation can be anonymous. I kind of like it that way. The only people I will not help are the ones that stand outside begging for money. I've bought them food before and they refuse it. I've bought them coffee, they refuse it. They only want money. I would think if I was starving and hungry, I would take what was given.
@marguicha (102277)
• Chile
2 Nov 12
Check the freerice site. It will only take seconds of your time and it is sponsored but the World Food Program of the UN. I play there only some minutes each day, but I hope it makes a difference.
@alottodo (3061)
• Australia
2 Nov 12
You are right helping is not just giving money but donating your time as well I have a survey site where I do surveys and the money goes for charity I also donate books and clothes.
@marguicha (102277)
• Chile
2 Nov 12
I do the freerice site and although it`s not much. I see that the WFO makes it work.
@ctryhnny (3463)
• United States
2 Nov 12
I would donate to so many things if I could afford it. There are all kinds of places looking for money. It's easier for me to donate my time which I do. I live in a Sr. Citizen building and every day I help one person or another and it leaves me with a good feeling.
@marguicha (102277)
• Chile
2 Nov 12
That`s a wonderful thing to do. And I so wish that what you do would make the news so that other people would take your example. I`m often angry about so many news about violence and none about good deeds.