Monday, December 14, 2015

Good Intentions, And the Proper Focus During the Holidays

       It's great to see people helping people during the holidays or any time. Giving food to military families...Or seeing military members delivering trees to families. The media likes these kind of stories as they are warm, visual and easy to cover.
       Funny thing about food. Is it really something folks in uniform need given to them ? Or is it something we like to do to make us feel better.
        I heard someone the other day ask why local stores don't offer 10% off for local people.
        I don't like to see the populace so segmented by retail marketing or by application of charity efforts.
       Sometimes during the holidays, its not a can of corn that you need but the company and affection of others. People feel left out emotionally. The guy panhanding at the Nice and Easy. The older person left stranded by families that have moved on.
        Charity begins at home and making sure those closest to us are content is important. Family, coworkers, employees, neighbors. Sometimes we pass by people in need on our way to help others we don't even know need help.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/operation-homefront-local-walmart-distribute-food-to-hundreds-of-military-families-20151210

6 comments:

dajeep said...

You mention the panhandler, got me thinking back a couple years. When panhandling you usually hear the same sob stories over and over. I'm hungry, need something for kids, bus fare, etc.,etc. I don't give them anything, One time a guy came up to me and asked me for a dollar because he needed a drink.I gave him $2. At least he was honest, that's why a gave him extra.

Anonymous said...

Military is fed for FREE Breakfast, lunch, dinner...That being said they all eat at the local fast food places, orat the Subway on Post and the food court there, I've never seen anyone in the military starving.......

Anonymous said...

It is cynical to say, but true, that most of the do-gooder activities do no good at all, other than to make the do-gooder feel good. Even most poor people have too much to eat these days, so no, food donations are not often needed like they used to be. You are right that giving emotional support or other intangibles is usually needed much more than food. The most heartfelt thank you's I ever receive are for inviting guests to our home who had no local family or sometimes no remote family either.

Anonymous said...

If you think the panhandler is going to use my "gift" for anything other than drugs/booze/cigarettes I've got a bridge to sell you.

Anonymous said...

8:33 a.m. is absolutely correct. The dining facility serves very good food and a lot of it goes to waste, including their holiday dinners. In fact a lot of food gets thrown out.

Anonymous said...

Charity begins with the NNYCF