The Importance of Food Banks:
I was asked to bring in some canned goods tomorrow at work for the Food Bank. This is an important cause, helping thousands of women and children who do not have enough to eat. A luxury many of us take for granted.
Most people will go through their cupboards searching for unwanted canned goods; such as creamed corn, kidney beans, and hominy. What makes us think that the poor likes this selection of canned goods anymore than we do. Seriously, how long did it actually sit in our cupboards?
Trust me…I was one of these people, until my daughter said to me, “Mom, why would anyone like this food. The poor likes to eat good food too, just like us.”
She made me think. Let’s look for canned goods that are good to eat, not just search our cupboards for canned goods that we don’t want.
There is more to giving than just getting the canned goods together. It is up to us to give from our hearts and not just out of obligation.
Did I search my cupboard tonight for canned goods that have been sitting on my shelf for the past few years? No. I went to the store and bought some food that I thought others would like as much as I do. This is the true meaning of giving…give from the heart.
Written By: Ask Ms Mandi
The World as we see it…
Some of us spend our lives looking through rose-colored, shaded lenses. Some of us don’t wear any lenses at all. I guess you would call this an optimistic vs. pessimistic personality. As a child we see the good in people, but sadly we grow up, and depending on our own life experiences, we become tainted. The once perfect childhood thoughts become tarnished. We see people and life differently.
My youngest daughter is teaching me not to judge “the book by the cover”. She makes me smile when she gets frustrated with me for not giving a dollar or two to the local bum hanging out at McDonald’s, asking for money for food. Being the synical adult, I stick up my nose and assume the money will be used towards alcohol or drugs.
Is it my place to judge? Not really. I can chose not to give the money to him or her, but is it really going to effect my life that much if I don’t help? Would it not be more beneficial to give him or her a dollar, freely and without judgement. It can only make you feel like you were doing your part, by helping out society.
We may look down our noses at the “bums” of the world and think that we are so much better than them, but are we? Most of us our only a paycheck away from poverty. Losing your job, and then your car and then your home and then your family and then your self-respect, isn’t only likely, but is happening to thousands and maybe even millions today. These, once elite individuals, may be your neighbors or maybe even you.
Written By: Ask Ms Mandi