Is it a curse to have your parent die and leave you as an orphan? Why is it that every time your father marries another wife, you carry the pain of being an orphan to a point of sleeping on the grave of your mother? Why do we have a lot of inhumane people around the orphans who instead of giving a helping hand, they torture them? Who will rescue and give these Orphans a shoulder to lean on?
It has been a call from God for everyone to come out and serve Him through the humanity. When God calls people to serve Him, He always opens an opportunity for the service. Some of the services are very painful and demanding to carry; but with obedience, God is able to strengthen and give solutions even to the hardest of situations.
I have outlined some of the things that you have to put into consideration as you carry out this noble calling. There could be others, but I find the following to be the fundamentals ones:
Consider your reasons and abilities. Factors such as your own childhood conditions and your cultural background can shape the types of charities and causes you support. Identifying your motivations for helping needy children makes it easier to choose suitable causes to support. This helps prevent giving aid with a clenched fist or scowl. Avoid impulsive giving as this can adversely affect your personal budget.
Donate money and goods to reputable organizations. Research different charities to find those that match your ideals. Examine past and future goals to ensure you know where your contribution is actually going. Notice how each charity distributes contributions between operation costs and actual campaigns. Choosing charities with lower operations costs can ensure recipients get the most benefit possible from your money. Consider donating items such as coats and school supplies if you’re opposed to giving money.
Volunteer your time with local agencies. Organizations such as Hospital for Children need well-adjusted adults to support needy children. Acting as a mentor to an at-risk youth allows you to instill positive values. Visiting sick children allows you to bring a little hope to a sick child. Check with local chapters of charities, social service agencies and hospitals for information regarding volunteer opportunities. It may be necessary to complete multiple training sessions before you’re allowed to start volunteering.
Look beyond the holiday season. Although much focus is placed on helping needy children during Thanksgiving and Christmas, “need” doesn’t take a break during the rest of the year. Spreading your giving throughout the year can help ensure needy children aren’t just showered with nice dinners and toys. Understand that life goes on after the wrapping paper is torn away and the turkey is digested.
Keep track of upcoming drives and initiatives.Targeted events such as clothing, toy and coat drives are effective ways to help needy children. Pay attention to public announcements and community bulletin boards. Consider volunteering to staff a drop-off location or helping gather community and business support for important events. Toys for Tots and Coats for Kids are both examples of regularly scheduled initiatives and that life goes on after the wrapping paper is torn away and the turkey is digested.
I want to congratulate one of the humanitarian group “ Share a gift of Love” headed by Mr. Jay Njoroge for their noble work of making sure they offer a shoulder to a needy child. The group which depends on the well-wishers has been very much committed to their call to the crying children. The group has been in existence for one calendar year and it has done marvelous.
The group comprises of young and energetic people with mutual purposes and attitudes towards serving God. From their own savings, they contribute without murmuring and then travel to their home of choice to feed, clothe and entertain the hungry children.
We give to the less fortunate, not because we have or want to be famous, but because it is a call; an attitude that has been bestowed in us for serving God. It does not matter the religion, race or background. When you make a child smile, you touch the heart of God in a very great way.
The religion has a great role on this, the government as well as the non-governmental institutions.
Finally, it is good to note that we don’t live in a perfect world, and there’s never going to be a perfect time to give—but there are always people out there in need of help. Whether interest rates are rising, the economy is in the doldrums, or even if you’re experiencing financial difficulties of your own, the reality is that when provide/donate/support a needy child, you help others who need it.
When you donate money to charity, you create opportunities to meet new people who believe in the same causes that inspire you. That, and making a real impact on those causes, can infuse your everyday life with more meaning. If you’ve been stuck in a rut, whether personally or professionally, sometimes the simple act of donating cash can do the trick and reinvigorate your life.
If you’re not sure where to donate your cash, or any other help that can change a life of a child, just check out “Share a gift of love”and your assistance will be highly appreciated. With a focus on developing counties and those living in extreme poverty, Share a gift of love is one of the best charities to send your money to in order to have the most impact.
“To say that on a daily basis you can make a difference, well, you can. One act of kindness a day can do it.”
Irish activist and founder of the Irish peace movement, Community of Peace People.
Story by: Kagame BERNARD. [email protected]
Edited by: BIKO Babu. [email protected]