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Social Issues: Love Thy Neighbor ~ H.O.W

Updated on July 1, 2013

Intro:

This is in response to William Holland's (AKA. billybuc) plea for helping the people. Social Issues: How do we cure social ills? Bill is a man with a huge heart, and a man who is full of compassion. I found his article to be very effective and touching, and meaningful. If we all do our little parts, world will surly see a change. So, here is my small part that I hope will make a difference in someone's life.

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America's economy has been hit hard by the recession, and we are facing one of the most difficult time in our modern history. This Recession has taken a great toll on our country, causing companies to close, unemployment to increase, drop in sale, forecloses etc., and all these factors are effecting the people of America. The ones who are hit most by this recession are the middle class, and the poor people. Lose of jobs have caused families to be without homes. Foreclose is at its highest in the US. Families are being forced out of their houses because they can't pay the mortgage. Would you rather provide a shelter for your family or feed them! Should we even be choosing between the two? But this is exactly what it has come down to; force to choose between house or food! You wonder what is happening to these families who are being thrown out of their houses.

It's great that aids are being sent to poor countries, but sometimes, we need to look at our own backyard and fix our own problems before trying to help others tend to their garden! I believe in helping people locally.
I have two suggestions, although not the most outstanding ones, but it's a drop in a bucket, and those drops at a time is bound to fill the bucket at some point or another!

First suggestion:

Know your neighbors. There are always some families is a neighborhood that have been effected by the recession. If not in your neighborhood then move on to the next one. Find out who are the ones who can do with little help from their neighbors. It's hard for families who have always worked hard to earn their money and support the family, to stick out their hand and beg. My plan is not a charity, but 'Neighbors helping Neighbors'. Food drive is one of the best way to help these families. I am not talking about ones or twice a year during the holidays, but every week, or every other week. If every household, that can afford it, leaves a non perishable food item, cans or bags, at their own doorstep on a certain day, some one can collect them and deliver to different families that are in need. One can, or a bag of something, is enough. Advice the families to pick up an extra can of spaghetti sauce, or a bag of pasta, anything that is suitable.

If someone can't afford to buy the food, suggest helping in other ways. Collecting the food, delivering, sorting, making bags, be creative and come up with things you can do. To start with, make flyers and leave them at the doorstep of every house in the neighborhood explaining what your plans are and if they can help in any way. This is also a great way to bring a community together. Like Sunnie Day mentioned in her article, 'It takes a Village'! (Link Below).

Make your yard into a beautiful garden!


Next suggestion: coming soon in the next hub.


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    • LaThing profile image
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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thank you, dear Sir, for your very encouraging comment! It's sad to see people who have struggled all their live, to make a living for themselves and their families, lose it all at the end! Times are hard and we are all neighbors to each other.....

      Appreciate your visit, RQ. Hope to see you around.

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      An amazing, Hub, LaThing, full of heart, and practical help for those who have become victimized by these harsh economic times we live in, and you are indeed a wonderful woman, for bringing, and re-empahsizing, these difficult, and harsh realities to the public fore.Thumbs up!

      Yours Sincerely,

      Romeo's Quill

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi there, PegCole! Thanks for stopping by and for your thoughtful comment. Yes, those are wonderful ways of supporting a community, but sometime people are shy to go there. Helping out neighbors can be done discreetly, and in that way, the ones receiving them do not feeling like they are begging.

      Always a pleasure to see you.... :)

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This is a great concept about "loving our neighbor". What a thought. That we can reach out and touch our neighbor, and together tackle one of life's greatest issues. I love this idea of food pantries.

      There is a ministry at a church I know where they open the doors every Friday and those in need can shop the food pantry for free. The stock comes from the third Sunday of the month, where the members are asked to bring canned goods and food items as an offering. I'm with you that we can help one another as neighbors. Perhaps it will bring back some of the love, too.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Debbie! So good to see you here...... You are absolutely right, everyone is our neighbor! The world is our neighborhood, and it's a wonderful feeling to know that we are all together .... helping each other out! :)

      Thanks for all you support.....

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Excellent hub and oh so true! knowing your neighbors and community is a thing of the past - each man/woman is their own island! I love your passion for this issue and these days - one never knows who might be homeless next..

      by the grace of god...i think we all realize that it could be anyone of us...

      it's so sad..

      i love your suggestions - they're so...sensitive..

      up and sharing forward..

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow I agree.. we need to know our neighbors and help them.. but everyone should be our neighbor..

      great HOW hub.. I do not know how I missed this one

      sharing

      Debbie

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hey there, LoveDoc! Great to see you..... Thanks for the support. Yes, flyers are the easiest way to get the message around a neighborhood, specially to the ones you don't really know that well! :) It helps!

      Take care.....

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi there, HoneyBB! Great to see you in this corner. Yes, it's a great way to help out. And like you said, they might be able to use the money for something else that is needed!

      Appreciate your thoughtful comment, and votes.... Take care!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Sha..... So, so sorry, didn't see your comment. I am so late!! Great idea about the neighborhood potluck..... Have to try it out. And, you are absolutely right, can't judge others! One thing I always keep in mind is that we could be in that situation, so do to others what you would want them to do to you! Helping doesn't take that much, little things can go a long way.

      Thanks for your very helpful comment, really appreciate it! Take care, my dear friend!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      I think your plan to feed your neighbors is awesome! Being thrown out of your house is just as bad as not having the financial resources to provide for you and your family. Making flyers & leaving them in doorstep of every house is a great way to spread awareness. voting up!

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      Honey Halley 4 years ago from Illinois

      That's a great plan to help feed your neighbors throughout the year...If those people had the money they would have had to spend on food they may be able to purchase other necessities that they have to neglect during times of hardship. Thanks for sharing. Voted ++

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Lizzie, you are so right. It starts at home and stepping outside our front doors. We have those who are suffering right under our noses but we're not aware. We judge instead. Oh, so and so is driving an old beat up Chevy, doesn't he have any pride or drive? You'd better believe he does! Spend a few minutes with your neighbors and get to know their situations. If you're slick, you can help without them being aware or feeling ashamed. Hold a street party where everyone (who can) brings a dish. Invite those who are having a hard time and send the leftover home with them. There are so many ways we can help if we will just stop putting ourselves first and stop judging.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Oops, sorry for the typo . . . "our eyes" Love, Faith

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      So true, Faith, our eyes should be open to what we need to see, that is the need of others, not their faults! In today's world most of us have become aloof, and just find it easy to ignore others then to stop and help.....

      Thanks for stopping by, dear friend, and for your insightful comment :)

      See you around!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      No truer words here . . . know your neighbors. I remember as a child, when we had fallen on hard times, and I know all too well those hunger pangs in one's stomach. However, the neighbors and/or the local church would always help out, as that is how it should be. As the song says, "We get by with a little help from our friends." It is critical that are eyes are open to what we need to see and not be blinded by our own selfishness, especially in today's world.

      Great write, and I love, Love Thy Neighbor! As that is exactly what He commands of us, just to love . . .

      Voted Way up and sharing

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thank you Joseph! Glad to see you on board too. Thanks for all your help with this project. Would love to see the website, hopeful it will be up soon. Appreciate your visit. See you around.....

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Hi Lathing, powerful words, and we will see if this porject take us all by storm, literally. You did a wonderful job with this one. Ws traveling as of yesterday. Did work on a website about HOW and this hub was included. Thanks!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Rose..... Very true! People in the past looked after each other. Some places still hold that, but majority seems to have lost that touch. I believe people have it in them, it's just a matter of knowing how to bring it out. And can you imagine the lesson we teach out children if we are active in our community! It's a wonderful feeling...... I volunteer at different places, and you see the pleasure in people, but the best thing is your own satisfaction when you help others! :)

      Always a pleasure to see you here. Take care, hugs!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      LOL @ Richy! I am glad you have that much faith in me :)

      You are right, there should be that matter of trust. That's why I chose a neighborhood, since people usually know each other to some extend, and knows when someone is really in need. Really appreciate your comment, and always good to see you. Take care, my friend!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      No, thank you, Randy, for your wonderful hub. And thanks for the reminder, I will have to link yours here too. I think I am missing few others, too :)

      Thanks for the support......

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      You are absolutely correct, Ruby! Giving and sharing has been the American tradition for the beginning. This a reminder for all of us. Appreciate your comment, and wonderful to see you here! Take care....

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Maria! Glad to see you this morning...... Yes, it is sad that some neighborhoods have lost that touch. This a way to bring families together too. Thanks for everything. Always a pleasure to see you :)

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A wonderful hub to support H.O.W and a great idea. Going back to like it was years ago where neighbours help each other out. A wonderful way to get a community involved.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Lizzy - Great idea! Of course, I wouldn't have expected you to have a bad one! : ) It's a matter of people trusting each other enough to do something like that, without feeling like they're feeding the collectors. Great job!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you LaThing for a great hub with wonderful ideas. Up+ and linking to my HOW hub!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, LoveDoc..... Thanks for such a supportive comment. Hopefully it will work...... Good to see you. Take care.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hey, Kyle...... Good observation! We need to start doing, rather then just saying..... There is a big difference between the two. If everyone of us helps out a little it will, eventually, make a wave. I appreciate your stopping by and for your thought provoking comment. See you around.....

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Theresa! Thanks for stopping in...... I wanted to propose something that we can all do as neighbors. This seemed like the simplest thing that everyone can easily chip in. Appreciate your comment. Take care.....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautiful hub, Giving and sharing has always been the american way, somehow we've lost that. Let's all look around and see the need, then act. Great ideas. I love the one about the garden..Thank you..

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Lizzy,

      You have a big and beautiful heart. Love thy neighbor... sad that many do not even know their neighbors. This is a wonderful way to remedy that.

      Voted UP and UABI...will be checking out your next installment gladly.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      your ideas are fantastic! these are all good ways to show some neighborly love especially now during the holiday season

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      kylesanderson 4 years ago

      Way awesome hub. Makes me sad knowing that so many people worship a homeless person with lip services each Sunday, and then ignore all of them every other day of the week. Voted up.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Wonderful and practical and neighborly approach. Great work. :)

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Peggy! Have to read up on your hub soon. The barrels at the grocery stores is also a great idea, and doable! We don't have it down here.... Yes, housing issue actually would be harder for common folks like us to handle. But, you never know, when people get involve, wonders can happen! Thanks for stopping in, and for a very thoughtful comment. See you around....

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I wrote a hub titled Why is there Food Starvation in America. It touches on the same subject. In our area there are red barrels in grocery stores. If everyone would just put a can of beans or a package of spaghetti or some other non perishable foodstuff into them when grocery shopping, we could help end hunger quickly. Volunteers pick up the food and distribute them to local ministries or food pantries where people in need can go to get some free food. It is a disgrace that anyone should have to go to bed hungry in our country! Ending the homelessness is a bit harder to accomplish. I agree that we should prioritize aiding people in our own country first before spending so much money elsewhere. Voted up and useful.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Bill! Thanks for stopping by..... I hope my small part, in this wonderful movement of yours, will help someone out there. All your hubs are inspiring, but this one is an exception, since it's a call for Humanity! Looking forward to more hubs related to this..... Appreciate your comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzie, thank you my dear friend....and we are friends indeed. I love that you suggested a practical plan of action so that others can help others. Well done and thank you so much for being a part of this movement. I look forward to your next plan of attack. :)

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Frank! LOL, glad you found out what it is. Yes, I picked that concept because it's one of the known concept, yet we tend to forget. Families make a neighborhood, neighborhoods make a community, communities make a nation, And nations make the world! If we help each other from within eventually we will be helping the whole world! :)

      I am glad you stopped by, and love your comment.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      now I understand all the H.O.W hoopla.. going around I like this love thy neighbor concept.. it was a concept suggested since the beginning of time and here you are reminding all of us once again.. great Hub

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Jan! Good to see you here first thing ink the morning. It's an awful feeling to have if you can't provide shelter for your children! What I have mentioned here could, and does, happen anywhere in the world, and we all have neighbors, regardless of where we are. Helping our neighbors, IMHO, is one of the best thing to do in a community.

      Do appreciate your input, and wish you all the best.....

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      Janhorner 4 years ago

      I think your hub is brilliant for America and hope people will join you. I feel so sad for people being evicted from their homes because they have lost their jobs! At the end of the day there should be more social housing available to help people back on their feet. Not having a home must be one of the most awful things to happen to a family. People are very despondent about their futures. I have just been made redundant but I still have my home so I am very lucky to some.

      Voted up,

      Jan