Charity sees the need, not the cause.


You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”

John Bunyan

I have given to various charities for years. I have given in various ways from money to volunteering. Though until recently it was to help others. Now with my wife’s daddy being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and progressing in the disease, I am seeing charities from a different perspective. Now it is from the side of receiving the benefits charities offer.

My wife and I use the Alzheimer’s association site all the time. She and her mother attend support groups sponsored by this association and they use information on the site to find various other helpful information. Also contacting the association, the people have always been helpful and provide any information and help they can.


Not until the creation and maintenance of decent conditions of life for all people are recognized and accepted as a common obligation of all people and all countries – not until then shall we, with a certain degree of justification, be able to speak of humankind as civilized.”

Albert Einstein

Charities are a saving grace for those afflicted with a disease, poverty, or various other life troubles. They help lift us up when we are down. Charities supply support in various ways from support groups, to information, to even financial assistance. The people that volunteer their time to help are beautiful souls that want to help others lift out of darkness as well. Charitable acts big and small provide a light to those in need.

Though it is not just charities that shine a light for those faced with trials. There are individuals that start grassroots projects, forums such as Memory people on facebook for dementia patients, churches, and other groups. When you worry about the world and the violence and turmoil you see reported on the news, take a moment and look to those lifting up their hands to help others. Ferguson made the news a short while back, and while there was violence, there were also peaceful marches, people helping cleanup the day after, and those helping others even in the midst of the turmoil. There was a story about people helping keep people that got caught in the midst of the riots safe in their homes or guiding them to safety.


The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

Charity is one of the first things you see in disaster. First from everyday people helping those afflicted by the disaster, even if they themselves have been affected. People helping dig out someone under rubble, giving water to the thirsty or helping them find someone. Then it continues when organizations show up and start helping people rebuild not just physically but spiritually. Charitable people are a beacon of hope in the cloud of desolation and despair. They save people and let them know they are not alone.

I find solace in the beauty of the human soul represented by these charities, individuals and groups that help lift others out of darkness and give them a little light. There are groups that provide food to the hungry, help support those faced with a disease, and yes even groups and individuals that go into dangerous areas to help those impacted by violence. I like supporting groups like Doctors Without Borders, Feeding America, St. Louis Food Bank, as well as those that are a little more selfish for me, such as Alzheimer Association and Parkinson groups.

Love is greater than anything else out there. Love from others supplies hope. Love lifts faith. Love creates the fire that is manifested as light to the world. These charities, groups, and individuals are empowered with love. They are powered by the givers of the world. Love breeds the kindness shown to humanity and propels us forward into a better world.


There is not a man of us who does not at times need a helping hand to be stretched out to him, and then shame upon him who will not stretch out the helping hand to his brother.”

Theodore Roosevelt

Charity is not just an organization but a state of mind that is manifested in humans. That need and want to help others. That grows into something bigger when those hearts are combined. Charity starts with you and me. It starts with love and the need to share love, to lift others up so they can be better. I have always believed in helping others not because of what I could receive but what I already have been blessed with in this life. I want others to have the opportunity to find a form of happiness and feel blessed. Which is probably why much of my focus is on food banks because being able to have food and eat is one of the basic elements we all need and keeps us healthy. I know when growing up food was one of the biggest concerns we had.

My belief is that helping people meet their basic needs helps them be able to be better. It is hard to focus on being better and improving your situation when you are just trying to survive. When you are hungry, cold, and lacking basic essentials for living. Your existence becomes about survival. So helping with this basic needs helps people focus on other elements of living. Charities that train people for jobs, help them get jobs, or go to college, also provide another basic need to help others.


Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

I also think that is why government programs that help lift others up are important. These programs also help charities do their job as well. It allows for a broader expansion of help. The biggest thing charities, government programs, groups, and individuals do is provide hope. Hope helps lift us out of despair and pushes us towards something better.

I hope you show kindness to someone today. I also hope you show kindness to yourself. I also ask you give even in some small way to charity or volunteer time. We are designed to help each other, it is a symbiotic relationship. When we help others we help ourselves. We improve our mood, our mindset, and we lift up humanity.


Beauty is not who you are on the outside, it is the wisdom and time you gave away to save another struggling soul, like you.” ― Shannon L. Alder

How can you help someone today? When you are out today look for some way to help someone else even in just a small way. Also, check out the Charity Navigator website to find charities you may wish to help with, as well as which ones use it most efficiently to help others.

Thank you for reading and may you have a truly wonderful day.


4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous. 5 Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.” Psalms 112: 4-5


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