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Are you poor? Do you still give?

Both DH and I are disabled and I am a full time student. We don't have very much money and live on a fixed income.

With that being said my son has no idea of how little money we have. My mom got him a $75 season pass to Story Land in NH. We take him for 50 cent ice cream cones at Burger King. He will have an ice cream at McDonalds and use the play area. We also go to the park a lot. He has had a lot of things to do this summer.

We still find a way to give to people who have less than us.

If you are poor and would like to help you can donate many gently used items to homeless shelters, donate used toys in good condition to a state funded daycare program, or simply just give a homeless person on the side of the road a few bucks or get them a cheap meal. Also it's always a good idea to walk around a city in the winter with blankets that are no longer being used and hand them out. If you knit or crochet project Linus will take handmade blankets for donation to children in need.
by on Jul. 20, 2013 at 6:25 PM
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by Ruby Member on Jul. 20, 2013 at 6:57 PM

It's required of us in our religion to give charity, there is always someone less fortunate. Even if it's a handful of dates charity (we call it zakat) is required.  Even if not required, I love helping out and donating. 

by on Jul. 20, 2013 at 6:58 PM
Severe mental illness. Just ask about anyone on CM they will tell you that one. I am trying to go to school to make a normal life for myself.

Quoting Anonymous:

What's your disability?

by Anonymous 8 on Jul. 20, 2013 at 7:16 PM
Ds and I lived on $900 a month for a while. I certainly don't want to go back to that, but at least if, heaven forbid, something happened where I lost my job or became disabled, I know how to make it work. I'd hate to have to ask for help, but maybe I've gathered some good karma along the way :)

Quoting I_RitShainbows:

They haven't, my sister was like this until the day her ex husband (rip) quit his job out of the blue and she had to call me for what to

I just about died. She had no idea how to get along in life with nothing.

Quoting Anonymous:

I'm not rich, but well off I guess. I don't do charities so much as try to help individuals. Things like kid's clothes and toys, school stuff, groceries, Christmas/birthday gifts, etc. I hate to see a child in need since it's never the child's fault for whatever struggles the parents are having. I used to be dirt poor though so I know it's not as simple as "get a better job" or the endless lists of "you should have done this, that and the other." I think what you experience probably involves people that have never been in that situation.

Quoting I_RitShainbows:

Same here

People seem to think poor people are horrid for some reason. In fact I've seen it the other way around. Everyone I know who has money doesn't donate to anything. The ones I know also seem to have a holier than thou stick shoved up their ass. These are just my personal experiences though. I know not everyone is like them.

Quoting Anonymous:

I do. Not much, but we do what we can.

by Anonymous 10 on Jul. 20, 2013 at 8:22 PM
I had a critically ill child so the hospital where he was born and Ronald McDonald House are my charities of choice. They do a lot for the families of sick kids. My 6 year old really got into the spirit of picking things out for the kids in the hospital. She's the kid who always asks for something at the store and could not pick out enough to donate. It was one of those proud moments where I knew that everything we've tried to teach her sunk in.
by on Jul. 20, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Hey, welcome back.

by on Jul. 20, 2013 at 8:24 PM

by Anonymous 11 on Jul. 20, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Donating is amazing.  I love donating hair, blood, money, food, clothing, time... it is always good to give back because you never know when you may need the help.

by Anonymous 12 on Jul. 20, 2013 at 8:33 PM
What do you consider poor?

We meet state guidelines for food stamps (we don't receive them though) and we give about 8% of our income each year to our local children's hospital and the autism society. We also give goods to people such as school supplies, clothes, toys, food, etc.
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