Wow. That really cute, easy. You really want to compare charitable acts with somebody who actually believes that it is actually their personal responsibility to help the poor? I will stick to the last 10 years and only hit the bigger ones. I started and ran a food kitchen that serves over 800 meals a DAY. For the first 6 years I funded the entire thing out of pocket. I bought the building. I bought 4 vans so we could deliver meals to people who could not come in to get them. 3 years into that venture there was a really bad period here economically where 2 major factories closed and another cut their staff by 2/3...laying off over 1000 middle class workers. Families were losing their homes and having to live in their cars. I started a temporary housing for displaced families project. I bought the first 9 houses myself...out of pocket...paid for all necessary repairs and rented them out for anywhere from $0 to $100 per month to families in need...all utilities included. I funded playgrounds at 3 pre schools...and installed the playground equipment myself. I funded, and volunteered labor, for renovation, cleanup, and reclamation of 2 parks in the poor end of the nearest city (yep....I dont even live in the town I have done ANY of this stuff in). I have bought a bookmobile, and stocked it, for inner city kids and I drive it one day a week. 2 days a week I spend putting together bags full of food for inner city kids because I found out from a friend at an inner city school district told me that a lot of the poor kids there eat ALL their meals at school and do not even get to eat on the weekends.
Originally Posted by Easyrider
Those are just the big ones. I hand out more cash in anonymous donations and spend more money through third party intermediaries every month than our local catholic church collects in the offering tray all year.
And do you know how much of this stuff my name is on? None of it. You know why? Because it is nothing to be proud of. It is simply my duty to my god. It is the bare minimum he expects from me.
So, great, you spent time in a homeless shelter. Kudos to you
If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen. —Samuel Adams