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Charity organizations and helping others: Which one(s) are you passionate about?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Winston_Smith, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. Winston_Smith

    Winston_Smith Junior Member

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    Hey, everyone! How are YOU this fine and glorious day?

    I hope you're well and enjoying another day, because waking up is an awesome thing a ton of people weren't able to do today.

    I have a question for you: When it comes to charities and organizations that run on donations, is there one you are particularly passionate about? Is there a foundation that you support and give your money (or even your time) to? Do you enjoy giving out RAOK's (Random Acts of Kindness) to friends, family, or strangers? Discuss it here! I'm interested in knowing which charities you have a keen interest in and/actively support. As much as we're around here to make a little bit of cash, do you have an interest in helping others in any way? Kinda curious here!

    I'll start: I love feeding people because I know what it's like to not have anything to eat, so that's where the majority of my "giving" is placed. It kills me when I know someone is having a rough time and going hungry. I was homeless at one point; my mother and I lived in a car for almost a year because we had nowhere to go. Without the help of strangers, it would have taken us longer to get on our feet and start anew. It isn't cool being the homeless kid in class, but being in dire straits was a way to help me see, at a young age, how far strangers will go just to make sure others are provided for.

    Some of my friends call me the "Food Fairy" because I spend time making food for people I know. They never expect me to show up on their doorstep with a casserole dish full of whatever (it's usually baked mac and cheese with whatever vegetable I have available) after they've vented to me about lack of grocery money. If there's nothing for me to cook then I'll get that person a few things for their kitchen; for me, these aren't choices I make lightly. They come from the heart; once or twice these decisions have bitten me in the ass, but let's face the reality here for a moment: You can't make everyone happy. Nigh impossible, folks.

    But there are ways you can make others happy while offering assistance with a simple gesture, it doesn't have to be money, it doesn't have to be food. A smile, a hello. Opening a door for someone. Giving someone direction(s) when they need it most (double meaning here). Nobody's perfect, but you can create a perfect moment that'll stick with someone for a lifetime by doing any of the aforementioned. Hell, going above and beyond isn't a bad idea either.

    There's charities I help support (as best as I can), March of Dimes and Susan G. Komen foundations, just to name a few.

    Sorry for the novel, just adamant I guess. Thanks for reading and can't wait to see your responses. :cool:

    TL;DR: When it comes to charities and organizations that run on donations, is there one you are particularly passionate about? Is there a foundation that you support and give your money (or even your time) to? Do you enjoy giving out RAOK's (Random Acts of Kindness) to friends, family, or strangers? Discuss it here!
     
  2. unclemike

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    I have a soft spot for the Children's Miracle Network. Also anyone who is a Working poor individual or family.
    I know how tough it is to be stuck on the bottom. Now I am on top I like to identify with people that were in
    my position and make a difference.

    Mike
     
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  3. Winston_Smith

    Winston_Smith Junior Member

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    Children's Miracle Network is pretty awesome, I hear. I'll have to look into a bit more, thanks for your post!
     
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  5. Winston_Smith

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    Sometimes my help isn't seen as a good thing, usually for people I know personally, haha. It tends to get taken the wrong way, I guess, and then people see you as weak for wanting to be helpful to others and then try to take advantage of that. It happens, but life goes on.
     
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  6. unclemike

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    Your welcome! I love helping kids with cancer. I mean no one deserves starting life like that.
     
  7. Winston_Smith

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    Bu-bump-bump.
     
  8. fuzzy_corleone

    fuzzy_corleone Regular Member

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    If I had a great deal of money I'd donate it to scientific research (i.e.: nanotechnology, stem cell research, cancer research) instead of charities (many of which are scams anyway). I think scientific breakthroughs would benefit humanity much more.
     
  9. Winston_Smith

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    I could definitely get behind something related to nanotech. There's just too much awesome potential in that area.