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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I saw a group of retired people from America, California I think it was, on tv that helped out by gathering and packing food for people who didn't know where their next meal was coming from and then dropped it off to them, some of the people helping needed help too.

When I was growing up in a small town we left our doors unlocked, we visited our neighbours without our parents,we walked to school, we walked the neighbourhood alone, if we acted up our parents knew and we were told off, we were taught policeman were the good guys and that we helped people who needed it.

In the 70's our house was burglarised by kids wanting smokes and we started using the keys to lock the doors. We lost something that night more than goods we lost the safe feeling we grew up with.

We didn't have homeless people, and if anyone we knew was sick or old we were there with food or help for the gardens or a ride to the doctors, or to look after the animals.

When I had a young family and needed help as hubby tried to get his business going we were given bread once a week from a local church group who went out to the bakery and picked up the bread, packaged it and distributed it to all around. It was a lovely day we looked forward to. Later on we helped them. Then the government decided it was a health issue and banned it.

It made me sad that these people in America were helping each other and wondered how soon they would be stopped also.

Nowadays we have homeless people and needy people and so many laws and regulations governing what we can do or not do. There seems to be a wide gap between our beliefs and our actions as a nation and as humanity.

We pay lots of money in taxes and we get great monuments to politicians built with it but it's usually non profit organisations who actually help people. Something is wrong with this.

Just a thought...
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    This is very sad... I agree with you.
    1874 days ago
    I grew up in the same. I agree we have so much for laws and taxes for crazy stuff
    1878 days ago
  • KAREN91
    I grew up much the same as you with doors unlocked and a safe community. I don't understand why the world has changed so much. We waste so much good food in the U.S. and people I know from other countries have commented on all the waste when there are needy people who go without.
    1878 days ago
    I know what you mean and agree!
    1879 days ago
    We can still operate on a one to one basis w/o government intervention and we should do so--we do. Sometimes anonymously. What I miss most is the respect we had for parents and elders. It is almost sickening to hear so many young folks being rude and verbally abusive to adults. And over and over again, I hear business owners complaining about finding young people who actually are willing to work! Maybe we could turn the tide by giving praise to young people each time we see them doing something great. It's a thought. emoticon
    1880 days ago
    I agree with you. It is the same here in Canada with so many rules and regulations now it makes it difficult to help.
    1880 days ago
    I couldn't agree with you more!
    1880 days ago
    It has become a sad world indeed. No sense community any more ,every man for himself. It is worlds away from how I grew up :(
    1880 days ago
    That was a great thought. Gone are the days of leaving your doors unlocked,and even seeing kids respect anyone.
    We still have people who try and help others but sometimes they are taken advantage of.
    Let's hope that all that goodness comes back again. emoticon
    1880 days ago
    Amen my friend!! As an American from California, I can say that we have all of the same problems here that you folks face over there. The government has become the great "Nanny State". Deciding that they know what is best for us and that we should be taken care of completely by the government. It's ridiculous, people have always taken care of people, but when the government steps in, they make it difficult for individuals to go out and make a difference in the lives of other people. Here in the U.S. we have approximately half of the population getting some kind of government handout. Of course, so many of these people that are getting something for nothing want that to continue so they vote the same politicians back into office, the ones that promise to keep the freebies coming, or to increase them!
    1880 days ago
    It's sad that some things change. For sure.

    1880 days ago
    We have an organization in the UK, that takes food that has been thrown out by the supermarkets, that is on its 'best before' date and redistributes it to the poor as food parcels. I too wonder how long it will be before some clown decides that it's against 'health and safety' legislation.
    1881 days ago
    This is indeed sad. Every little action makes a big difference to someone else.
    1881 days ago
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