A scared dog named “Theo” was rescued after a year of living on the streets of Los Angeles. The images of Theo, from the Mutt Scouts website, shows…
Charity abounds and it is not limited by age as the charity event sponsored by Save the Children showed many people when they flocked to several locations to…
The holidays give rise to a season of giving. It is normal for people to want to be part of that giving process. It can really make a person feel good to contribute in a way that helps others, much like a medical student who helps her first patient to get well.
Charity is often more than simply opening your wallet. Sometimes it means giving back to your local community in a more hands on way. Sure, anyone can write out a check and make helping others someone else’s problem, but the spirit of giving is not a spectator’s sport. Real charity comes from the heart, when a person is moved by compassion to lend a hand where it is most needed. If more people became active in charity work, then their community would be a more functional place for all its members. With a little thought, anyone can be part of the giving process. Read More
With the economy treating so many people roughly these days, there are a lot of families who could use a helping hand. Food, clothing, and other general use items are at the top of the list of things impoverished families tend to need. Also, by cleaning out your closet of unwanted wears, you will be making additional room for those designer furs you always wanted. As you take a look through your pantry, canned and boxed food items are generally the most useful items to donate. these items generally have a longer storage life than the food in your refrigerator. They are often the easiest for poor and homeless people to store — especially if a person does not have a refrigerator of their own. Although that is hard for some to imagine in our modern age, it is a situation that is more common than people might expect.
A lot of people would like to get involved, providing food items to the poor and needy, but are not sure where to begin. Generally, the poor and homeless obtain their food from shelters, food banks, and churches. In some cases, food that makes it into these centers is derived from the USDA surplus and other food redistribution projects. Though the redistribution of food from such sources is helpful, it generally does not satisfy the great need that exists. Most food pantries and food bank services still rely on other community members to donate to their cause, which helps to support the many efforts made to keep economically challenged people fed. If you have ever wondered how great the hunger problem in America truly is, according to the Feeding America website, approximately 49-million Americans struggle to obtain adequate food each day. Read More
You can donate your time, money and of course certain products in good condition that you no longer use. However, it’s the products that seem to be so puzzling for many people. If the item is relatively costly, you may want to write it off as a tax deduction. While a 501(c)3 charity will give you a receipt, it’s your job to prove to the IRS at the end of the tax year that the item was worth a certain amount of money. This will require research and documenting like items/years/conditions and preferably taking photos before making a donation.
However, many people are also surprised to find out just what variety of items are eligible for donations. In certain instances, you might be able to donate healthcare items such as CPAP accessories or other monitoring devices. Check with your local hospital or care facility; they’ll likely have leads and recommendations. Read More
Charity organizations do a valuable job for underprivileged people and communities. They find ways and go the extra mile to raise funds to launch campaigns that are aimed at helping the poor and underprivileged and improving their lives even if only for a temporary basis.
Unfortunately, there are people who are using these charities for their personal gain. There have been numerous cases around the world involving individuals swindling other people to support their own personal causes.
On the other hand, there are also organizations that are not true to their mission. In the U.S., for instance, the worst charities have been discovered after a year-long investigation done by CNN in collaboration with the Center for Investigative Reporting. Read More
When one of the most popular bloggers in the world writes about sex trafficking, the world pays more attention. In what is perhaps the best use of blogging celebrity we’ve seen, Heather Armstrong of Dooce.com has made known the work of The Exodus Road, an organization that,
“…exists to empower the deliverance of sex slaves. Operating primarily in Southeast Asia, India, and the United States of America, we find teams already on the ground doing the vital work of finding and freeing victims with local police and we fuel their work by providing covert gear, operational funding, training, and networking support.” (Source)
The problem of prostitution- especially forced prostitution- in Asia has been around for many, many years. Stories of Korean comfort women are only recently coming to light, with the latter slapping their own government with a lawsuit that claims that the government forced them into the sex slavery; the ultimate betrayal for sure.
The Exodus Road, while a small organization, is doing great work, as you can see in the video below:
Besides sharing her personal experiences in Asia, Heather also features Thrive Rescue Home, which offers safe refuge to the younger victims of sex trafficking. A short video of some of the work Thrive is doing is below:
It’s a fact that children learn from example. As such, they get to imitate the things they see their parents, teachers and older siblings are doing.
Yes, role modeling is still an effective way of teaching children the right way to do things. This is despite the modern techniques people and psychologists now use to raise kids. Even the teens can still be influenced by what they see their mom or dad are doing inside and outside their homes.
This being the case, parents need to instill in their children the value of giving to charities while they are growing up. Not only should this be done in their early years but even in their teens. Read More