“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop
The way things are today, people appreciate even small acts of kindness. In fact, don’t be surprised if someone expresses some level of shock if you do something good for them. Just because a person appears alright doesn’t mean all is fine with them. A minor gesture of goodness can brighten up someone’s day and make their life a little better, which means we all should take every opportunity to be kind and help others.
“No one is asking what happened to all the homeless. No one cares, because it’s easier to get on the subway and not be accosted.” – Richard Linklater, American filmmaker
The Christmas season is a special time for kids in particular. During the years they are growing up, every year, the holiday season brings plenty of cheer for them. No wonder children look forward to receiving presents and enjoying the ‘most wonderful time of the year’. For a 9-year old Rockwall girl, Christmas time became an opportunity to help the homeless. With $60 in hand, rather than buying herself a toy or chocolates, Aisley Bradford instead bought sleeping bags that she recently planned to give to homeless people.
“Housing is absolutely essential to human flourishing. Without stable shelter, it all falls apart.” – Matthew Desmond
An increasing number of homeless people in the US are living out of their cars as an option to living on the street. The cost of housing is high in many cities across the country, and they are more likely to face an increase in homelessness. For example, even though Los Angeles witnessed a drop in homelessness statistics, their homeless population is still among the highest in the country due to the high cost of living in that city. To address the homeless living in their cars, Safe Parking programs are becoming a trend.
“There is a lot that happens around the world we cannot control. We cannot stop earthquakes, we cannot prevent droughts, and we cannot prevent all conflict, but when we know where the hungry, the homeless, and the sick exist, then we can help” – Jan Schakowsky
People blessed with good fortune in life often look for ways to give back. Yet, the same is not often the case with individuals who come into money through sheer luck. Harboring the spirit of philanthropy with money that falls into your lap is a huge gesture. Roberto Mendoza is a perfect example of this.
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” – Audrey Hepburn
Many people decide to give back to the community once they reach a certain stature or income level. Surely, the number of people in need is on the rise around the world. Luckily, several youngsters are realizing the importance of helping their fellow citizens regardless of their financial state or their busy schedules. Students younger than 20-years-old are stepping up in ways that not many people would see coming, making their contributions to improve the world.
Going Green to Give Back: Staff at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden Upcycles Waste to Create Mats for the Homeless
“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Image Courtesy: du cOeuR Project
Giving back to the community isn’t restricted to collecting items or money for donation. People also come up with unique ways to make life easier for others. The staff at a local Camden hospital took the initiative to go green, and in the process found an innovative way to give back. The team running the operating room at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital is upcycling waste materials. Their aim is to provide items to the homeless through this endeavor.
Backpacks for the Homeless: The Kindness Crew Calgary Society to Distribute Backpacks Filled with Essentials to the Homeless
“The holidays are a rough time for the homeless, but it’s a year-round problem we have to solve.” – Mike Binder
Pic Courtesy: CTV News Calgary
There isn’t a better time to spread some cheer and give back to the community than the holiday season. The homeless in particular have little, if any, reason to celebrate the festivities and get into the spirit of the season. Some organizations are trying to bring a smile to their lips by providing them essentials.
“Housing is absolutely essential to human flourishing. Without stable shelter, it all falls apart.” – Matthew Desmond, American Sociologist
Research shows that in 2017 the homeless population in the US increased. This upward trend emerged after several years of homelessness being on a downward spiral. Homelessness is a social malaise that requires corrective action on a large scale. That said, even a small step can make a significant difference. KTGY Architecture + Planning, located in LA, concur. They are taking active steps to address this issue, via their R&D studio.