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Friday, December 5, 2008
Help the World
I've been meaning to blog about this for a little while and finally have the opportunity. Lately I have been compelled to think more charitable. I am living a blessed life and do not go without, partly because of the country I was born into. While working the other day, a lady was sharing her feelings to me on the topic of charities and donations. She told me how she cannot understand why everyone chooses to donate to countries other than the United States. She doesn't understand sending food or clothing to Africa, Ethiopia, Argentine (may not be the specific countries she is talking about you get the point), when there are children and families in America who need food, clothing, $$. I see her point and understand that this is a need "at home". But I also feel that in America we have the means and organizations set up to help these people; churches, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Goodwill, private citizens, etc. These third world countries do not have this structure of organizations, nor do most of them have the means. I know we can help our fellow Americans, but why can't we help those overseas as well. In America to buy a meal for someone it may cost $5-$8. For $10 one can feed 25 people a meal in the above mentioned countries. I'm not saying don't help people "at home" but by all means why can't we think GLOBAL? There are so many organizations where we can spend $30 a month and support a child's nutrition, clothing, and education (things that we take for granted every day). I understand that in this economic climate, $30 may sound like a lot, but think of what you would have to give up versus what they will gain. Example: a dinner at Chili's every month, could feed and educate a child. Doesn't seem like that high of a price. So what if you have to eat a grilled cheese that you had to cook off of your electric stove that you have the smarts to work, in your warm house? (did I go to far?). Anyways, I had to bite my tongue when she was talking to me, so now you get to read what I wanted to say. Also, this time of year, take a look around to see what you can do to help people here or overseas. Thanks for allowing me to get this off of my heart. -James
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My name is James Burgess. I have a beautiful wife of a little over 8 years named Lisa and a baby on the way. We are both busy with work and school but find as much time as we can to be involved in church and hang out with our great friends. I hope the things you read here will inspire, educate, or just entertain!!