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Charity Starts At Home.
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Saturday, May 14, 2011

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A young person is distressed to see that so many people here in America are in desperate need, and she intends on doing something about it.

Image of US Veteran, my twin sister, Karla J. Dorman (U.S. Air Force, 1983 - 1985), (c) 1011, by Karen Lynn Vidra.

It just doesn't seem fair ...

Men or women working two, three, or even more jobs than that, just so they can feed their family, pay the bills, and lately, gas up their cars.  Seems that just about everything has gone up except the paychecks ....

Seeing elderly people making the painful decision whether to pay their bills or eat or take their medications ...  seeing once-proud Veterans who served their country living on the streets or eking it out every month (a lot of them living paycheck to paycheck) ....

Seeing families sleeping in their vehicles becuase they got evicted from their apartments because they couldn't afford to pay the rent or the rest of their bills ...

I'm not talking third-world countries here ... I'm talking about people here, people living in what is supposed to be the wealthiest country in the world, the United States of America.  Yet I see this heartbreak day after day, and lately, it seems that the gap between rich and poor, black and white, young and old, has only gotten wider and more impossible to cross.

Does the government care? Heck no!  They would rather take care of people living in other nations (mostly children) when there are needy, hungry, desperate people here in America who could use a helping hand, and not just the children!  There are plenty of working adults (or even those who aren't working) who could use a helping hand up!  It's enough to make me sick.  It seems that the problems are only getting worse!

I have been trying to help the homeless by giving them a little money (not much, just a couple of dollars here and there out of my allowance) so they can get something to eat instead of having to dig through the dumpsters, or passing out blankets or pillows for them to sleep on.  They are usually so grateful; it warms my heart to know that I am trying to make the world just a bit nicer, one person at a time!

I know my rewards will come in Heaven, but until then, I plan on being an angel here on  earth and try to help people right in my own backyard.  It may not be much, but I am trying my best; it's all I can do.  In addition, I tell people about Jesus Christ and extend Christlike love to them; I want people to see Jesus whenever they look at me.  I want to give them a sense of purpose, hope and encouragement.  I want them to know that I may be a teenager, but I care for them and what's happening to them.

Besides ministering to the homeless every week, I offer to babysit a poor family's children while the parents go out to look for work, or if they are already employed, to their job.  In addition, I read to senior citizens and bring them a hot meal every Friday.  They really enjoy that!  

On Memorial Day, which is coming up in a few weeks, I will be helping my church feed the Veterans of our community and paying my respects to those who fought and/or gave their lives and remember the dead and fallen.  I want to show them that I am concerned about the war and what is happening not only "over there", but here at home as well.  Seems that our Veterans are being treated badly, and I don't like it one bit!

I think it is because I'm a pastor's daughter that I have been taught to care.  Many people don't, especially nowadays.  It is so sad to see.  It breaks my heart; this is why I throw myself into my missions work here.  I want to show the truth that is Jesus Christ to others, and I want to tell people that unless they start doing what I am doing, then we all will suffer.  It is high time we help our own people HERE in AMERICA and stop being so complacent or uncaring!  Time is of the essence; we'd best get involved in helping our people NOW here at home or it may already be too late for them! 

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Reviewed by Robert Cosmar 5/17/2011
This is good, Karen. It's true, more should care, but for whatever reason -- too busy, too poor, whatever -- they just don't do anything to make things better. Great writing.
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 5/16/2011
Once again you create a believable person in an intolerable situation that is trying his hardest to make a major difference... A very young person, by the way.
Your friend in Southern California; Mark
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 5/16/2011
No it isn't right, I believe people are more willing to help children because they just don't understand but are expected to deal with it. Sad but a great story Karen.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Paul Berube 5/15/2011
Great story, Karen. God bless.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/14/2011
The reason people are more willing to help children is because they usually don't ask for handouts ... they're innocents in a cold, cruel world. They don't ask to be born into poverty, or disabled or end up in abusive situations. Adults, for the most part, can help themselves. Excellent, compassionate story, Karen, well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 5/14/2011
Awesome story Karen, thank you for sharing more people should care like this
In Christs Love

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