Helping the Less Fortunate

Alina - houston, Texas
Entered on February 6, 2010
Age Group: Under 18
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Have you ever thought what your life would be like if you were born as someone else? What if you were born as one of those homeless people? What if you had no shelter, no clothes, no money, and no food? What if you had to suffer all the time and struggle, just to make it through the day? I know I have thought about all these things and that is why I believe in helping the less fortunate.

If you think about it, none of us actually had a say in who we were to be born as. We didn’t get to choose our own destiny, but one thing is certain, we can all do something to help make someone else’s life just a little bit better. I believe that we all have the power to help the less fortunate.

Many of us have been blessed with financial advantages and stable families, thus it is our duty to help those can’t help themselves. Every religion asks its followers to give some of their money to charity, be it Judaism, Christianity, or Islam. The main purpose of religion is to help us live our lives as good people and if our religion tells us to help the needy then it obviously means that doing so will make us better human beings. That is why I believe in helping the underprivileged.

Helping the less fortunate is very important, and I am not the only one who thinks so. Throughout the world there are so many influential people who are dedicated to helping the underprivileged, such as: Mother Teresa, Oprah Winfrey and Angelina Jolie. We should consider these people to be our role models and follow in their footsteps in doing charitable work.

You don’t have to be rich to help others; just a smile goes a long way. If you see some homeless person on the street but don’t have any money to spare, give them a smile and I’m sure you’ll make their day a lot better. Besides providing them with money and treating them kindly, another way we can contribute is by giving them our time. My grandmother works for an NGO called SOS Village, an orphanage that provides the children with shelter and education. I try to visit SOS at least once a month and spend some time with the children there. When I go there, I see little girls and boys starving for attention and craving for affection. Seeing them run towards me and watching their eyes light up as I sit by them, telling them stories, just warms my heart. I get that fuzzy feeling inside that tells me that I have indeed made a difference and that someone’s life is a little better because of me.

That is why helping the less fortunate is important. This, I believe.