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The Things We Take For Granted

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I was riding home one day on the bus. We passed a street corner where I saw a man, who was about 20, holding a sign. I could only make out one of the words on the sign . . .


Thousands of people in America are homeless. Some are families with multiple children. Some are elderly. Some are young children. Alone.

This got me thinking. There are so many little luxuries we take for granted. Food, clothing, water, and shelter are some. There are so many items I could never imagine myself being without. Some people have nothing.

This posed many questions in my head . . .

How can we citizens with so much give so little to help those with so little?

How can I help?

Why haven't I been helping?

I've always known what I could do to help, I've just never done it. I've always taken for granted everything that I have and have hardly ever given thought to those who aren't as fortunate.

It's not too late. Not for me, and certainly not for you.

What can you do? I know what I can do. Seeing this encouraged me to join my high school's Key Club. Key Club is a community service organization, and allows students to give back.

Along with joining community service organizations, you can volunteer at homeless shelters and soup kitchens. You can donate any clothing, food, toys, books or other items that aren't in use to local shelters and other organizations.

Take these ideas in to consideration.



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