Help Here, There, or Everywhere?

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I have seen the U.S. come together as a whole in times of crisis. 9/11 and Katrina are just examples of the help our country gives during catastrophic events. We should not wait until a catastrophic event occurs to come together as a nation.

My question is this; are you more likely to give a homeless person a few dollars or give a few dollars to other countries in need? Please do not misunderstand my question. I have given to those in other countries when help was needed. I have given to my own country when needed.

What I notice is my opinion only so please do not take offense. I notice that people will pass by a homeless person in need of a meal or drive past the person stranded on the side of the road. People who feel their time is too valuable to volunteer or change to precious to give to those “undeserving”.

Why are we more willing to help out places we have never been or people we have and never will meet. I believe giving should start at home. Our own government is guilty of this as well. Aid from our government will be given to a country or place in need but our country’s school funding will be cut or Medicare insurance cut from the budget. Why is it okay for people who live here to suffer and those from far away get benefit concerts, charitable CD’s, celebrities telling you to donate, medical supplies, volunteers to dig through rubble, donations asked for and government aid?

I am not devoid of compassion by any means. In fact I have been told that my heart is too big and I need to learn to say no more often. I am only asking that maybe next time you see someone holding a sign asking for work or spare change that you stop and think. If you feel it is safe, take a little time and help that stranded person on the side of the road. Volunteer your time when you can. I assure you that you will feel better about whom you are as a person.

It is better to give than to receive so give a little at home too.

Mandy Abbott has a passion for the written word. She loves to review books and she enjoys writing about topics of controversy, opinion, and seeing where her thoughts and pen strokes take her.