Charity Fatigue


Around this time of year I often suffer from charity fatigue. It seems that every other email, letter and tweet provides a heart wrenching story that demands a response.

While I would like to think this is not due to my own selfishness and that this charity fatigue arises from the fact that we do “want” to respond to help those in need but we find certain of our resources are limited. Inevitably, if I am truly honest, I find much of these resource limitations are self imposed. I am only so willing to sacrifice my personal comfort. Surely I should not give up a cup of Library Coffee in the morning or going out lunch each day (Editors Note (It’s a little complicated because I am the editor of the blog so this is me inserting a note in my own blog): I am a firm believer that often the activity of buying a cup of coffee and going out to lunch often generate contributions to charities through the velocity of money but I also firmly believe that there are times when the burden falls upon us to sacrifice contemporaneously with the need and not rely upon the mechanism of free enterprise accomplish the charitable act). This of course conveniently denies the fact that these “sacrifices” are the reality of everyday existence for those who would be impacted by charitable donations. This is also not to ignore that there are periods in life when we truly do not have the resources to contribute to the well being of others and there is no shame in this. There is, however, shame when we neglect those in need to satisfy our wants.

So this blog adds to charity fatigue, including my own, nonetheless conscience is a good burden to bear. I have come several across a number of compelling charities this year. Below are links to each of the charities and a brief description from the charities website describing it’s purpose.

Falling Whistles

A campaign for peace in Congo. Proceeds go to rehabilitate and advocate for war-affected children who live in the Congo.

 

Sari Bari

The name “Sari Bari” comes from two symbols. A sari is the traditional clothing worn by women in India. Saris represent the essence of womanhood. In Bengali, the word bari means “house” or “home.” Our hope is for Sari Bari to be a safe home where women who have been exploited in the sex trade can have their dignity restored and experience a new life in the making.

 

 

The Good Samaritan Health Center

The Center offers a comprehensive range of services to adults and children who are without health insurance or the means to afford care. Atlanta’s homeless and those with no income make up about 25% of patient visits, the working poor 69%, and those who are Medicaid/Medicare eligible compose 6% of our visits.  Patients pay on a much reduced sliding fee scale based on income.The Center’s vision is to create a dependable, full-time, comprehensive healthcare system for Atlanta’s working poor and homeless.  The Center offers medical, dental, health education, and mental health services to patients. Most importantly, The Center provides a comfortable environment for our patients, where all people are treated with dignity and respect.

 

“Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”

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