What has someone's religion to do with this? June 29, 2007 4:49 AM
I give a little to Salvation Army, because it is one of the few providers of shelter and food to people who need it here in Sweden, even though it's a Christian organization, and I don't agree with their "message". Also, they don't expect you to listen to "the message", though they are ready to share it with you, if you want to. I don't like the idea of that someone's religion would make them "inproper" to help... I also think that people are free to ignore the "message", which ever it is, and if people missionize as they help, I don't mind. Just as long as they help and don't demand you "convert" to their ideology, which ever it is, before you get help.
Thanks to all of you that fight for poverty . I`m new to the group and very happy to be here and will work hard to prevent poverty any way I can . Thank you for being here and inviting me . Grace
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ted k i checked out the site catholicrelief.org i saw nothing that promotes catholicism. but i did see an organization that calls upon its members to be active in financially and physically in local and global ways for individuals to become self sustaining and to end poverty, address health issues, etc. in this day and age when many are wondering where is gods people this may help answer part of the question. i am not a catholic but i find the site to be well worth checking into more.
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i clicked and bookmarked each one. thank you. and may i suggest people check out freecycle.com it is an online community where people post things to give away, things needed, and a loan/borrow site. it lets you join the one closest to your area.
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I'm not sure if this is where I should post this or not but here it goes. I have a daily action to fight poverty, not actually fight it in the sense of getting rid of it but at least in a way that helps those that might be suffering from it.
Instead of throwing out your spoiling food that most of us are to good to eat or feel we have sufficient money just to replace it. Well, you can give it to the homeless (I'm sure there's a congragation of them somewhere near you); sometimes it's hard to give it to actual shelters (law and all) but you can give it to street people. Here in South Africa we put old items on top of the trash cans on trash day and either someone combing the trash will get it or one of the trash guys will get it; they probably eat twice a day if that and thus aren't privileged enough to have access to lunch even though their job is quite labor extensive.
As well...instead of throwing away old things (clothes, fans, ANYTHING...) think before doing so...someone's elses junk is another man's treasure! And I promise you it's true. Even if you think the thing is beyond repair don't just chuck it away poverty stricken people tend to be a heck of a lot more resourceful then us city folks!!!
Just my two cents worth...
Oh, also especially in America with such a good recycling program (unless Bush dealt away with that also) instead of leaving your recycling on the curb for the trash guys why not take it to some homeless guy or recycle it yourself and give the money to a shelter or something (you weren't going to get the money anyway if the city was going to take it away for you). We have a guy in the neighborhood who I call the boxman because he walks far and wide collecting cardboard to recycle; well, I have had a big box in my kitchen for a couple of annoying weeks now because I want to give it to him instead of just throwing it away.