Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Charity Begins At Home

We're "broke" and can't help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, and Homeless etc.

In the last month we have provided aid to Haiti, Chile, and Turkey.

Our retired seniors living on a 'fixed income' receive no aid or get any breaks while our government and religious organizations pour Hundreds of Millions of dollars and Tons of Food to Foreign Countries!

We have hundreds of adoptable children who are shoved aside to make room for the adoption of foreign orphans.

The USA is a country where we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed hungry, elderly going without 'needed' medication, and mentally ill without treatment.

YET..................They have a 'Benefit' for the people of Haiti on 12 TV stations, with ships and planes lining up with food, water, tents, clothes, bedding, doctors and medical supplies.

Imagine if the *GOVERNMENT* gave ‘US’ the same support they give to other countries. Sad isn't it?

I received this in an email and it hit home with me and echoed a lot of opinions I have talked with Cindy about.

I have no problem with giving aide to someone who needs it, but I do think we have to take care of our own first and stop shoving them aside so to say to give aide to others, charity begins at home and how dare us look over our own homeless people, elderly, and children to gather together and raise funds and food for people who are as deserving but in another country all together, and how can we justify sending needed food and medication to another country when we have people right in our own neighborhoods living on the streets and starving to death.

We are in a world of hurt right now, and we need to be charitable and help those who are less fortunate, we need to help create jobs for those who are out of work and make room in our homes for that child who has no one, a lot of people have lost everything and really want to make it on their own without asking for a handout but sometimes a helping hand can get you back on track, we also have people who are out on the street and love it there obviously because they cannot make it otherwise due to their mental state, our elderly are eating dog food or next to nothing trying to cut back so they can afford their medications.

These other countries we choose to help have the same types of people who need a helping hand, some have gone through disasters and the majority really appreciate the help we give them, but my question is why don’t we help our own, why when we get that donation of food or money together to ship overseas can’t we split it in half and send part of it to a local food bank or shelter to benefit someone here too, why can’t we help that elderly couple struggling down the street by giving them a few groceries or cooking a meal for them once in a while, and why do a lot of people look for an orphan to adopt anywhere but right under their noses.

I’m not saying to stop helping other countries, I am saying when you choose to reach out and help someone to also look a little closer to home because our own people should not be less deserving of the charity and compassion we are sending elsewhere while we look down our noses or refuse to make eye contact with people in our own communities.

18 comments:

  1. Ok.. I am trying real hard to only let my fingers type fifty words..Jimmy, this is a subject I could write abook on.. I am a huge humanitarian and agrre we should help our brothers around the globe. BUT, not at the expense of our brother's right next door.. I have not a clue how to fix that diabolical charity trainwreck, but it needs to be corrected ASAP...thank you for listening..

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  2. AMEN!! Why try to fix other places when we can't even even manage to fix this country? I was so saddened by the news that SS wasn't going to do an increase this year. My parents sure could have used it.

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  3. Hey Lynne, I am with you in not having a clue how to fix this but common sense tells me to take care of those closest to home first, I have compassion for everyone but sad to say can’t help everyone at the same time, so if everyone started by taking care of those closest to home then we most likely wouldn’t have a problem.

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  4. Heather, “Why try to fix other places when we can't even manage to fix this country?” we can help other places but after we take care of what is on our doorstep, stepping over our responsibilities here does not make us look too good, and if donating to foreign countries is an attempt to look good then shame on those who are doing it for that reason.

    Living on a fixed income is not easy and depending on SS is pretty scary when you know that there will be no increase.

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  5. BRA-VO Jimmy!

    And I couldn't agree with you more. Why is it that everyone comes to US for aid, when we can't even supply aid to our own people?

    I'm not saying don't help others, but I think you hit the nail on the head when you said...

    "why when we get that donation of food or money together to ship overseas can’t we split it in half and send part of it to a local food bank or shelter to benefit someone here too?"

    That's a GREAT idea, buddy!

    And another thing, I'm so sick and tired of this country opening it's arms in allowing ANYONE to come to this country to live and work, yet our own people are being discriminated upon because we don't speak another language and are loosing jobs because we're not bilingual.

    I love the U.S.A., truly I do, but we are waaaay to free with giving things away. We say YES to others, yet NO to our own people

    Help others, yes, but help our own first!

    Okay, I think I'll stop now, because like Lynne shared, I could right a book about how I feel about this.

    GREAT post, my friend! And thanks for sharing it.

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  6. Jimmy I have to say I am in complete agreement with on this topic. You must take care of your own family first before taking care of others. We have always been a nation who has come to the rescue of others and I think that is wonderful. But when our own country is limping along with so many problems it is impossible to name them all...then something must give. I am not sure how government will ever solve this since we are so mired in military thinking...but it must be done.

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  7. Hey Ron, Thank You Buddy, this subject does make you think and I for one can’t understand why we can’t help one another when the solution is actually so easy, just take care of those around you.

    The US is a wonderful country and why in Gods name do we allow ourselves to be over run, I applaud those who come here and work hard to make a better life for themselves but those who come here and work the system to live off of us just make me sick and what makes me sicker is that we allow it, this could be a whole other post so I won’t get too deep here.

    Maybe we can all spread the word to get others in the mindset of giving to local people at the same time they are helping those overseas, I’m not sure this is an answer but it’s a start.

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  8. Thank You Susie, I agree that we are limping around under the weight of many problems that we are just hoping will go away, taking care of our own seems to be so hard but yet we are breaking our backs to make sure others are taken care of, I am afraid that our Governments mindset is so far off of the Christian Constitutional basis we were founded on that we will never get back on track due to fear of offending those who are taking everything we own away from us in the name of being PC.

    Looks like another post brewing doesn’t it Ha Ha

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  9. You hit a nerve here Jimmy. Everyone shares the same feelings. I don't know what the answer is, but maybe it starts with the people in a position to do something about it. Our government, and the people who oversee the charitable organizations. A letter to a congressman always gets a response from their constituents.

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  10. Matty, Yes Sir I think you are right in that we are all in agreement but don’t really have an answer, taking care of the problem is easier said than done and the people in power do need to be made aware that we are tired of the PC position they have taken that has gotten us here, simpler maybe would be to take care of our own without sending our funds elsewhere, and yes getting in touch with those in power with the message of voting them out of office because those there now are not helping.

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  11. I'm new here but I've got one word to say......

    NOLA

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  12. What a great opinion Jimmy!
    I'm totally agree with you ... It should be better if partialy of the donation which will given to overseas... then given to they who really need help in their own country..

    very nice post, jimmy!
    Wish you the best,
    nensa

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  13. I absolutely agree with you Jimmy.

    Here in the UK we have the same problems: we have a great many children and elderly people living in poverty, and a great many homeless people too. In this age of austerity, a great many people have lost their jobs--through no fault of their own--and house repossessions are on the increase because people can't make their mortgage payments and some young families end up living in dreadful conditions.

    It's incredibly sad that people are suffering anywhere in the world, but I have a problem with giving so much aid to overseas when we have so much suffering under our own noses. If we lifted up our own suffering and destitute people, surely the US and the UK would be stronger countries on the whole for doing so, thus the act of sending aid overseas would be a real and true act of charity, instead of one that is done to (perhaps) look good....

    I heard in the news this morning that our Queen is to give a nod to this age of austerity by not throwing a Christmas party for her staff; but, pardon me your majesty, how can you spend to much money living in so much luxury when a great many of your subjects are suffering...

    Thank you for bringing this issue nto the public consciousness, Jimmy!

    Dorothy x

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  14. Welcome to our little family Shannon, NOLA Yes Mam there is one that is right under our noses; hope to hear more from you.

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  15. Hello Nensa, Yes if we can help our own while helping others then everyone will benefit.

    Thank You my friend it is good to see you.

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  16. Hey Dorothy, “If we lifted up our own suffering and destitute people, surely the US and the UK would be stronger countries on the whole for doing so” you are so right, in my opinion our funds will go much further helping our own first and then as you said sending money overseas will then be a true act of charity rather than a means to look good, to me if you are doing it just to look good then you are actually helping no one.

    Lavish parties thrown at great expense is one thing but I have no respect for those showing off while people are starving under their noses.

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  17. I so agree with you Jimmy. Charity does begin at home and we need to take care of our own before sending aid elsewhere.

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  18. Hey Peg, Thank You so much my friend, it's sure good to see you.

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