While most of us are enjoying modern day comforts, food, and pleasures in abundance, there are many around the world who are in need, suffering, and hungry. It is a sad sight to see any human being in this state; however, by far the most heart wrenching sight is a little child who is hungry, barely clothed, and living without things that we consider everyday necessities. Many have no health care, no education, little clothing, no toys, and barely enough food to stay alive. You may be surprised to know that this is happening not just across the world, but even in affluent countries such as America. What can you do to help make a difference? Here are a few tips to consider when attempting to help the homeless children.
Most are quick to think of giving money, but few realize that they can give of their time to make an enormous difference. There are children’s shelters everywhere. If you are unaware of any in your area, call your state or local agencies that are dedicated to helping those who are homeless and on the streets. You will likely be surprised how close a children’s shelter is to where you live. There are over one million homeless children in the United States, and many of these are under three years of age.
If you have any background in education, you can give of your time to help educate and tutor these children who are in such need. It is thrilling just to see how these little ones will thrive with some attention and are thrilled with each new lesson. They have previously had nothing and are delighted to learn. If there is no volunteer tutoring being done at your local shelter, take this as your mission to start one on your own. You may be surprised how many are willing to help once someone takes the initiative.
Adopt a homeless family and their children as your personal task. Take them special treats, clothing, and other items that they will appreciate. Take the kids to a local zoo or playground. Learn their birthdays and help them celebrate. Work as their advocate. Help the parents find jobs and get the children in school. It is unbelievable how a little encouragement from a human being who cares may help a family move on with their life and get back on their feet.
Work to make others aware of the great need for the homeless. The more people pass on this personal information that they have learned while giving their time to the shelters, the more will become motivated and inspired to help as well, which will help decrease the numbers at the shelters more and more.
Work to make not only individuals aware of the need, but get local businesses to use their resources to help the homeless. They can bring more awareness to the cause through advertising and can also donate money.
If you are really dedicated, take the next step and give of your time to work in state and even federal government to lobby for homeless programs and bills. The more people you can motivate to follow your shoes and make an impression upon your elected officials, the more success you will have in bringing an end to homelessness.
You can also give of your money. You will have to find a charity that provides their services to children. You can even ask where these charities provide their services if you are interested in finding one that funds your own area. Many of the larger organizations will fund programs all over the nation.
There are also groups which will allow you to donate money that is designated toward one particular family or individual. Just make sure that you are dealing with a legitimate charity before you begin giving money.
Make a commitment to pledge money on a regular basis. While any money donated to this venue is appreciated and used for the good of many, it can help a homeless shelter much to have a steady stream of revenue that they can count on. Many shelters are struggling and others are closing because of the lack of consistent financial support.
Do you want to make a difference in a child’s life? Just remember to stay humble. Any of us could have suffered the same sad plight as these little ones. Any of our own little children could have been in this state. But since we are blessed, lets share what we can and give of our time and money to help those who are less fortunate and suffering. This is also a great lesson for your own children to learn, and it will help teach them to be thankful for what they have.