I am struck with how easy it can be to make a real difference in the lives of people we know, and see every day, and yet we are often drawn to making highly visible, grandiose, yet overall meaningless actions.
Yesterday many apparently acknowledged their own inability to do anything significant by jointly doing something silly–turning off all their lights for an hour, during “Earth Hour.” I made a few comments about it last night to family, and was told that it was all fodder for my blog. In fact, these actions (designed to be done at night, so presumably everyone else can see what good citizens we are) remind me of the Pharisee and the tax collector (Luke 18:9-14).
Let’s, for a moment, consider the value in simply helping those in need. We can wait for the government to institute a program, identify people that have a need, hope those people will learn about the program, seek help, and receive it in a timely manner.
Or–we can act, and help our brother and sister in need, when in need, directly. And even better, we can do it anonymously so that no one need feel awkward or indebted to a friend, colleague, boss or employee.
There is a new website that helps facilitate just this very thing. Giving Anonymously has as it’s mission the task of enabling people helping people.
As they say on their site:
We are a non-profit organization facilitating generosity between people.
We are not the ‘charity’ you are! Look around your community, your neighbors, friends and family. Do you see anyone in need? If so, give to them. You can give anonymously. We’ll send them a check, and you’ll get an email with a voice file of them thanking you. But they won’t know who you are! How cool is this!
Do you know people who could use a helping hand, and you would like to help, but don’t want, or need, the credit? Do you have a friend that:
- Had their work hours cut, and they can’t make ends meet?
- Is struggling with chemotherapy for cancer and perhaps simply needs a manicure/pedicure to feel good about themselves?
- Has a child with an illness and cannot deal with the mounting medical bills?
- You would just like to give a hand to?
If so this is the site for you!
They will charge a $2.50 and additional 2.5% handling fee, but considering they will be handling the delivery, and even accepting, on your behalf, an audio thank-you note, it’s a small price (and hey, it keeps others employed in this tough time!)
I commend the site to you, and encourage all of us to take actions that are substantive and meaningful–and perhaps actually make a real, immediate difference in people’s lives.
DISCLAIMER: As of this writing, I have not yet used this service, and cannot vouch that it isn’t simply a scam. If anyone knows anything more about the service, please contact me. –Steve