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Sunday, August 21, 2005

making a dent in poverty

Here are seven things you can do to help make a dent in poverty:

  1. Find a charity you can support financially on an ongoing basis.

  2. Volunteer at a homeless shelter or a soup kitchen.

  3. Become a mentor to a child living in a broken home.

  4. Commit to eating out fewer times per week or per month. Donate the money you save to your favorite charity.

  5. At Christmas, make a donation in someone's name rather than giving him or her a gift.

  6. Write your elected representatives about increasing aid to the world's poor nations.

  7. Buy gift certificates to a fast food restaurant. When a homeless person asks you for money, give the certificates, which cannot be used to buy alcohol.

None of these will make a huge difference in themselves, but even small actions can help.

If you have any additional ideas, please share them.


At 8/21/2005 7:37 PM, Blogger Monk-in-Training said...

No, they won't make a huge difference, but each item will make a difference to at least one person. Sounds like the Gospel to me.


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