By Isabella Marzella, Grade 7
In these past couple of years, we have been going through a pandemic. We all have been affected by this in many different ways. This has led some people to distress. For others, it may have even led them to poverty. We have always needed to assist these people in need, especially at a trying time like this. It is pretty upsetting to see that so many individuals are struggling. Everybody should be able to live a life full of joy and delight. There are people out there who need our help, and it should be a goal of our community to try to help them all. Poverty is a huge problem being addressed in today’s world, but just addressing the issue won’t stop it. People should take action and help those in need. For poverty to effectively come to an end, every person must help. Lives are valuable, and it is horrible to see that so many people are struggling to survive. There are many different ways to help others, and it is vital for people to participate in them to help those in need. Some ways to donate are through toy drives, clothing drives, soup kitchens, donating money to a fundraiser, and the list goes on.
If you are unsure of where to donate, there are many resources online that can provide you with a list of places to help the poor. There are many charities you could physically go to, but if you don’t want to go anywhere, there are options where you don’t even have to leave your house! Many charities have a website where you can donate money electronically. You could also contribute to organizations that come to you instead of going to it. I personally often donate to Saint Mary’s Clothing Drive. All you have to do is leave a bag of clothes that you want to donate outside of your house door and call Saint Mary’s Clothing Drive so they can come and pick it up at your house. There are scheduled dates where they pick up the clothing, so you can’t just do it on a random day. It is still an excellent way to donate, especially during this pandemic where people don’t leave their houses that much.
Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy, which is the school that I go to, indeed encourages people to donate to the needy. They hold many fundraisers and contribute to many charities. This includes an annual fundraiser for the Little Sister of the Poor in November and another fundraiser that changes every year. In previous years we have donated to Water.org, Make a Wish, Ronald McDonald House, and others. Water.org is an organization that provides clean water to areas where there is none. Make a Wish grants “wishes” to children with illnesses. The Ronald McDonald house also helps children with diseases. This year, the organization we are donating to is March of Dimes. Our school also has a toy drive for this Christmas season, along with the giving tree at the Church. At our church, we always have a giving tree set up around Christmas time. Each tag on the tree has a request for what to get, and the best part is that anybody can donate. These aren’t the only options to present. People can donate through soup kitchens, food drives, or even start their fundraiser.
These charities genuinely help and support people in need, but you have to donate to make it happen. God empowers people to do good deeds and to help others. Without him, many people would probably do things other than donate. Matthew 25:35-36 states, “For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger, and you invited me in, I needed clothes, and you clothed me, I was sick, and you looked after me, I was in prison, and you came to visit me.” This verse shows that He will always care for us in whatever way possible. God can help us in infinite ways no matter what. It may not always seem like it, but God is there for you and for everyone. He will encourage and help those in need and do the same for you.