Kyle - Ohio, Illinois
Entered on May 27, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

I believe in generosity. When you are walking down the street and see a homeless man sitting on the side walk in dirty clothes who has a Styrofoam cup sitting in front of him. Don’t give him a couple pennies that you had in your pocket as loose change, get out your wallet and hand him a five dollar bill. That man can do a lot more with five dollars than he can with a quarter. Some places have toy drives for Christmas; the people that give to those drives are being generous and are helping the families that can’t afford those kinds of things.

Generosity isn’t just about giving money and items to people who need it, you can be generous in other ways, such as giving time to help others. It doesn’t always have to be a physical item that you are giving. Giving time is doing things such as volunteering at homeless shelters, or at a thrift store.

I know I can’t help every less fortunate person in the world, but at least I can try to help the ones nearby. There are some people who are homeless and less fortunate that weren’t always that way. Some probably used to own a nice home and had a good job, but things can change. Natural disasters can occur and you can lose everything you ever owned.

When you think of being generous, you probably think of helping some one. But there are others that need help from people. Animals need people to help them, too. I volunteer at animal shelters to help dogs, cats, or any other animal that were abandoned or lost. I get to walk and play with them, and I also get to feed them. Animals are just as loving as any person.

Most less fortunate people don’t have a job. They don’t have one because either people who are more qualified take the job, or there just aren’t any jobs open near them.

There are many ways to be generous to others. If it’s donating an item or money to a certain charity, or just giving time and volunteering to help others who don’t have all of the luxuries that some of us do