My brothers and sisters, the month is now November and this seems like the most effective month to ask for help on this matter. Homelessness is a major issue in this nation, and for those of you who may be weary to help, I am putting up links to the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities. These are two reputable charities that assist the homeless and provide food as well as care to millions of Americans. Now I am not saying these are the only two charities to donate to, but chose them because I like most people can personally vouch for their services. If there is a local charity you would prefer to donate to please do.
“Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?”
In 2015, 564,708 people were experiencing homelessness — meaning they were sleeping outside or in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program. To put that in perspective that is just short of the population of Milwaukee, WI. If you were to combine the populations of Cleveland, OH, and Cincinnati, OH it would be about the same as well. Now keep in mind as well this is the estimate of people purely living outside or in a shelter. Keep in mind there are still millions of hungry Americans, and families living with family to survive.
“But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
If we want to live as Christians we have to help the poor, sick, and weary. It’s Christianity 101, and it’s part of our walk with Christ. When we agreed to follow Jesus it was not just a “hey, so now that I believe were good right?” No being as Christian is not a statement its a way of life. Even if you can only donate $1 please do so. If that is not possible go through your belongings and donate old clothing or items you are no longer using. Many charities have drop boxes, for those of you with Goodwill’s and Salvation Army’s in your area contact them if you can not make it many of them have a pick up service.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?”
Below are some more links to pages you can help you fellow man: