We Can All Do Something For The Poor
We can all do something for the poor. Below are some ideas:
Be aware of what’s going on in your family/street/work etc. Who are the poor in your surroundings? Is there a colleague a disabled or sick child whose expenses are beyond his wage? An elderly neighbour who is poor or lonely?
Have a heart. Try to feel the suffering of the poor and what it might mean to live at the risk of poverty.
Live simply, consume less . If there was a low-wage earner buying this car with me, would I feel comfortable buying it? Buy what you need rather than what you like. Ask: Do I really need 5 pairs of jeans or will 3 pairs be enough? A reduction in demand will also lower prices making them more accessible to those who do not afford much.
Be a friend of the poor. Both if you are an extrovert or an introvert, whether it’s simply “good morning” or finding time to listen to someone’s story, find your way of say “I care”.
Show solidarity in concrete terms by giving some of your life. Maybe you can find some time to read stories to a young family member who is struggling with literacy, pass your high-school books to the children of a single mother who’s finding it hard to cope*, donate your baby equipment to a migrant family instead of selling them*, volunteer at an NGO who works with the poor, give money.
Treat the poor as your equals. We all share the same human dignity. Donate with respect and prudence. Ask if they want the something you want to give them rather than imposing it on them.
Support fairly traded, community traded, ethically traded products that are as much as you can
Put pressure. Sign petitions in favour of the poor, inform the shops where you shop that you are interested in fairly traded products.
Pray about it to find how you, with your own character, life circumstances and financial means can do something for the poor.
Feeling frustrated and helpless in front of the global inequality will lead to nowhere. Join the thousands of people are doing something for the poor in silence. Be part of it!
*If donating things to others is an inappropriate thing to do in your country consider giving them to a charity shop/NGO.