In our busy lives, it can be easy to overlook certain problems that others face; however, it is important to remember that there are people facing challenging circumstances who need help from others. If those who are more fortunate work to make a positive difference, they can make a huge impact on the lives of others.
It is commonly understood that if an individual helps someone, that favor should be returned to someone else. This creates a cycle of giving back and helping others. It is a good lesson to learn and the generosity will pay off; whether from your personal fulfillment or from having a favor returned one day.
As of January 2020, there were around 580,000 people facing homelessness in the United States, with 70 percent being individuals, and 30 percent being families with children. This number will continue to grow until a change is made.
The best time to help others is as soon as you are personally able to. It is important to remember that you do not need to spend money or sacrifice hours to help those experiencing homelessness. Donate old clothes, participate in food drives, or volunteer at your local shelter. If you are unable to do any of that, simply educate yourself on homelessness and share what you know with anyone who is willing to listen. Small gestures may not seem significant at an individual level, but there are much larger implications to even the smallest acts of kindness. Any kind of help will not only leave an individual fulfilled, knowing one helped make a change, but it will inspire hope in others that someday, homelessness as a whole can be solved.
With so many Americans experiencing homelessness, it is vital that we help this growing population. What might seem like an everyday part of our lives may be a luxury to the unhoused. For example, most of us have the privilege to eat three meals a day. Those experiencing homelessness often do now know when their next meal will be, and often, their food is not nutritious. So, donating a single, nutritious meal could have a large impact on someone’s life. When deciding how to help consider even the smallest things that you can contribute, because you can be a big help to others.