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Post by Guest on Thu Jul 14, 2011 2:56 pm

http://blog.aarp.org/2011/07/13/reed-sandridge-giving-during-desperate-times/?cmp=SN-TWTTR

The US Department of Labor released the latest unemployment figures on Friday for the United States and sadly the percentage inched up from 9.1% to 9.2%. The rate has been above the 9% level 24 out of the past 26 months. Today it’s hard to believe that it was below 5% at the beginning of 2008.
During times of economic fragility, most of us follow our basic instinct to cut back on our spending and focus on ways that allow us to keep as many pennies as we can. This financial stance soon boils over into other parts of our life and we adopt an inward focused approach to almost everything we do. We become self-centered and guarded and often abandon our practices of philanthropy and volunteering. Ironically, it is precisely these times when we need to stop thinking about ourselves and start thinking of others; a simple lesson I learned as a child.

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Post by TR11005 on Thu Jul 14, 2011 5:53 pm

The worse thing to do is totally cut back. The problem now, there is not much left to cut out. You still need the internet and some kind of phone or you can't be notified about jobs and finding work. At least Today you have to have a Laptop to go to places that have free Wi-Fi and have a cell phone.

There are ways to give without money. I always share in my life, whether I had money or not.

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Post by Guest on Thu Jul 14, 2011 8:15 pm

We can all give of ourselves. It's hard, but it makes you think "it could always be worse". I see it everytime I take my Dad to Fox Chase Cancer Center. My neighbor is 83, lovely and too tired to weed her garden or iron when it's 96 degrees and she lives in a house with no a/c. I bring her here for a cup of coffee when she will come, take her ironing and weed her garden. Doesn't cost a dime.

If you see someone struggling with packages, help them. If you see someone having a hard time crossing the street, walking, you can help, it doesn't cost a dime and is usually just as appreciated like you gave them millions.

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Post by JoanB on Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:53 pm

Those are great ideas MaryKay! We all know someone who needs a little lift.

If you have a way to get there, most food banks are looking for a few extra hands.
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Post by TR11005 on Fri Jul 15, 2011 12:05 am

That is why we need to get back to basics. It is not all about me. You tell people you don't expect anything, but just to pass it on when you see someone else struggling.

I am not suggesting picking up asking for a ride. Just basic common sense in trying to help others.

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