With sunken, hallow eyes filled with despair, people line up for spare change across the streets of America. The pennies that they get are often all that they have to buy food or a few small things that they might need. It might seem impossible that hunger could be so commonplace in the richest country of the world, but it is. Many here have to live in poverty because they have lost their jobs, or they have been ill for many years. The few homeless shelters and missions that can help are so full that some can only allow people to stay for a few hours a day. And unfortunately, this includes small children. To change the current state of destitution requires everyone working together. And one way to start is with these four ways.
Food banks often get the largest portion of their food during the holiday season. But with so many people in need, the little that they have runs out fast. That is why collecting non-perishables during the off seasons is so important. Have a collection at your office at work, or clean out your pantry at home. Every little bit will help to feed the hungry.
Missions and homeless shelters are often run by volunteers who help get people hot meals or make up beds. Some people sincerely realize that by volunteering a few hours a week of your time, they can help to make a difference in the lives of those who are struggling the most.
Sometimes, the biggest gift that a person can give is their compassion. Stopping to listen to someone who feels down will show them that there are good people in the world who care. Even if you don't know how to solve their problems, this simple act can give someone the hope that they need to keep going.
Your unique gifts can be a blessing to someone else in need, so share them. Mechanics can repair the cars of single moms in need. Chefs can cook up dinner for tired policemen and firefighters. Teachers can volunteer to help the illiterate learn to read.
As you can see, there are many ways that you can help to make the world a better place. If you are still unsure about how you can help, just ask. Lots of social service programs can help guide you to finding a place to start volunteering.
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Rachelle recommends Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities for those interested in volunteering opportunities. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber; https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009221637700