Good morning Loves. During the holidays I volunteered with my co-workers at a soup kitchen where we gave food to families in need. There are so many ways to give to charity such as donate money, volunteer time at events and fundraising through our networks.
I don’t like to donate money; I prefer to volunteer my time. Volunteering at a soup kitchen was a new experience for me because I usually volunteer my time for specific fundraising events such as a triathlon for The Children’s Hospital and a two day walk for The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers. I have never actually volunteered onsite at an event where the recipients of the charity were present. Believe me when I say, it was definitely an interesting experience.
Are people really in need or just being greedy?
As I was standing at our designated table handing out food to the supposed needy people I was honestly shocked at what I saw. People were lining up with empty grocery bags waiting to fill them up with free food; it was as if it was their weekly routine. Even more surprising than people wanting a free handout was some people actually said they didn’t want certain items such as vegetables. One woman told us she didn’t want any more pasta noodles because she still has a lot left over from last week. I thought to myself if these people are truly in need, wouldn’t they be grateful for any and all food offered to them?
One couple came through the line not as a family, but as individuals so they could get twice as much food. Afterwards this couple took their ten large grocery bags full of food and packed them into the back of their car. That’s right this “needy” couple drove their car to get free food because they couldn’t afford food…but they could afford a car. I thought to myself, are these people really needy?
I actually didn’t think it to myself I said it aloud, which sparked an unpleasant conversation with my co-worker. She said that we are doing something nice for people in need. I agreed that yes it’s nice to help people in need and I believe that some people are in need, just not everyone in that room was needy.
What qualifies as in need?
In my humble opinion if you can afford a car , if you can afford to get your hair dyed and if you have money to get your nails done then you are not in need. You have money; you are just spending it in all the wrong places. Not having money is one thing, but mismanaging your money is a whole other topic. If you can’t properly manage your money you don’t need a handout, you just need a financial planner.
The director of the event told us that in order for people to qualify for the bi weekly (twice a week) food drive they need to show proof of low income. Although she does admit that these papers can be falsified and there will always be people who want to take advantage of free services.
Do you have a favorite charity?
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