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One Person Can Make A Difference H.O.W.

Updated on December 1, 2012

American Red Cross and Salvation Army

You Can Donate To The American Red Cross - www.redcross.org
You Can Donate To The American Red Cross - www.redcross.org | Source

What Can I Do? I Am Just One Person

What can I do? How can I help? There is only one of me and I don’t have the money to help!

This is heard all around the world in times of need. A great disaster. A hurricane. A tsunami, fire or tornado. People sit back on their comfortable chairs and watch these things happen from the comfort of their own home. Many truly feel as if there is nothing they can do. Others make up excuses. And they all just continue sitting.

Most people would be right, too. Alone, even if you have money, it is hard to do anything. But one person CAN do something if they enlist the help of a friend. Who then enlists the help of his friends. Who enlist the help of their friends. And pretty soon there is a group of people who are all working together for a common cause. They pool their money and their resources and start getting things done.

With a little faith and courage, people can move mountains. Literally! After tornadoes hit the town of Haysville where I lived, neighbors got together to help remove all of the debris and trash. Mountains of debris moved from the neighborhoods to the dump pit on the outside of town – moved by one person at a time. But many people working together in order to get the job done. Our neighbors didn’t sit at home and wish they could do something. They got up, moved outside and began doing something. It was that easy.

It’s not as easy when there is a tragedy or a disaster across the country or the world. We can still help, though. Charities are making it easier every day to contribute to help others. The American Red Cross and the Salvation Army both take donations by text. Most charities have online sites that you can contribute to, as well. While you may think that your one dollar or ten dollar donation can’t help, your one dollar and a hundred other people with one dollar can make a huge difference. It doesn’t take much effort on your part to make a contribution in order to help.

These same charities welcome volunteers – trained and untrained. I know people who have left our area with the help from the Salvation Army and gone to help out in New York and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy. Some of these volunteers are nurses and doctors, others are handy with a hammer and saw, while others are there just to pick up trash and debris. You don’t have to have any expertise to pick up trash! Many employers will give you time off to help out in times like this. But you won’t know if your employer will allow you to do this if you don’t make the effort to find out.

The next time you see a disaster in your town or across the world from you, don’t sit in your comfortable recliner and ask, “What can I do?” Get up and make a phone call. Get a group of friends together. Pool your talents and your funds and get to work. One person can make a difference…that person just must get up and do it…

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is another great charity that can use help all year long - not just when you see their Red Kettles!
The Salvation Army is another great charity that can use help all year long - not just when you see their Red Kettles! | Source

Here Are Two Ways To Help

If you really want to help out - even if it's just a dollar or two...here are two great charities that help many people.

The American Red Cross - www.redcross.org

The Salvation Army - www.salvationarmyusa.org

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      The Salvation Army is one of the first responders to most every disaster--I fervently believe in them and I was happy to read this hub!

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      I asked in a comment earlier today to one of your hubs if you were familiar with the H.O.W. themed hubs, and I'm glad to see you're a participant. Thanks for the inspirational reminder that lots gets done when we each help some. As the Pete Seeger song One Man's Hands says, "But if two and two and fifty make a million, we'll see that day come round." Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers and on social networking sites.

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      frogyfish - yep - you get it! I love to thank the bell ringers, too - and I just can't walk by one without giving some change!

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      frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

      Right on! One plus one....plus another...and on it goes. And that's what it takes.

      I do like to say thank you to the bell ringers for Salvation Army when I donate...sometimes it gets really cold and they still smile and greet....

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Michelle - thanks for reading - yes - even small help is help!

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you for such an important hub. We don't all have to go to another country to help people. We can help people next door to us. Big or small helping is helping.

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Btrbell...thanks for reading! And that's all we need to do...work together!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you for an all important hub. Everyone in every way can do their part, big or small. Whenever I donate my change or a dollar, I think if only everyone would give a few pennies, it would add up to so much.

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Thank you Lord! I am honored to be a part of such a great movement with so many great writers, such as yourself!

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Great reminder for this season. Thanks Ladena for that heart of yours! Wonderfully written, so happy to have you with us!

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Teaches - I donate as much as I can to them all year, as well. They are great! Thanks for reading!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I love donating to the Salvation Army at Christmas time in the buckets and throughout the year with home items. They do so much for others. Great share on such a wonderful organization. Voted up.

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Bill - I am honored to be a part of your wonderful movement! It was such a wonderful idea that writers just couldn't stay away!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All excellent suggestions my friend, and thank you so much for joining our movement. I am blown away by the response of writers, like you, who care enough to do their part. Thank you!