Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Helping Hand

Our hearts go out to all of those suffering in Japan.  We see their need each time we turn on the TV, we hear of their plight from the radio.  We are generous and give to one of the many funds set up to help.  Sometimes, though, our generosity exceeds the need or the ability of the organizations to provide aide to the specific cause for which we have donated and the funds are therefore not used effectively.
There is much suffering in the world, most of it does not make the news.  Might I suggest that we look to organizations such as Charity Navigator, find a reputable charity doing the work we would like to support and then give to their general fund.  If we do our homework well, our gifts will go where it is needed most; some to Japan and some to aide other people in need.
I don't intend to minimize the need of the people of Japan.  This should be a reminder that we whose lives are blessed with good fortune should not forget any of the those less fortunate.

6 comments:

Sylvia K said...

A wonderful and very true post for the day, Martha! Thank you for reminding all of us of what is important, how and where we can help!

Sylvia

Gary said...

Great post Martha, and remember Lybia also. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That's excellent Martha -- I think the Japan tragedy on top of so many other weather and man-made ones just was the wake up call that caused many of us to sit up and think we needed to do something. We feel so out-of-control and everybody wants to do something. I will use your link; thanks for sharing that info.

Gaelyn said...

So true, there are troubles all over the world, in our own backyards even.

Paulie said...

I have already been sending children's clothes to an orphanage in Honduras near where my son is stationed in the Navy. He takes them there on the weekends. 7 packages of those is about all I can manage so I leave the goodness up to others for this cause but I pray for them.

Stewart M said...

Nice to see the acacia - down here they are called wattles.

Will post some australian ones soon.

Cheers Stewart M