Social Issues: Love Thy Neighbor ~ H.O.W
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.
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!
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.
- The Humanity Movement: H.O.W.
We've all thought about the plight of those around us, but have we given it serious thought....about child slavery, homeless veterans? Billybuc has asked us to join the H.O.W. movement...learn more here.
Social Issues: How Do We Cure Social Ills? H.O.W.
- Social Issues: How Do We Cure Social Ills? H.O.W.
The beginning of a world movement of compassion and empathy towards our fellow human beings. Will you join me?