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It's great to hear about people donating their time and money to help out others. I was unaware that there was a prize of this sort. I just hope that no one is only doing good deeds like helping out the needy just for the recognition. People should want to give what they can and help in whatever way possible with out having to have a reward or an incentive. I still however believe that that giving a prize like this, which is also like giving a big thank you, is completely appropriate. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf certainly did believe in treating others the way you want you want to be treated.
Malnutrition isn't something that I usually think about on a daily basis. I don't believe that the majority of americans think about malnutrition on a daily basis. To find out that there are that many children in one country that are starving is heart breaking. I think that it really makes people think about their lifestyles and how much food they waste everyday or every week hearing this. The average person may not think that they could help in this situation. But the truth is, no matter how much money you give, whether its 5 dollars or 50,000 dollars, your helping someone eat for a day or a week or maybe even a month. It's worth every penny.
Bill and Melinda are doing a great thing by providing this grant. Amounts that big, which seem huge to average americans, is even bigger when used to help out the people that are less fortunate. It's just sad to see that the majority of the people that are giving the most, are the people with a much greater amount of money than the average person. I just wish that there would be more reports of not just the wealthy giving large sums of money to the less fortunate, but the rest of the population as well. We all have at least a small amount that we can contribute to do our part in helping others in the world that need it. Many don't really realize it, but every dollar counts.
Food is something that i've put a lot of thought into in my life. Everyday, all day I would be thinking about what I wanted to eat next, or when I was going to eat. I never thought about the food I was wasting, or how much extra food I was eating that I didn't need. I never realized how many people in this world, even in just our country that also put a lot of thought into food. But these people are thinking about if they're going to get a next meal and how they were going to get it. I think it's horrible that so many people out there, people just like me, are hungry. Even years after this survey, there are still so many starving people in the U.S. some living within miles of where I am right now. It also makes me think, however, why are they hungry? We have countless resources in the U.S. to help people out, in almost every way possible. Have these people who are hungry exhausted all possibilities of making a change? Do they not care? Are they not trying? Do I help the people that refuse to try and help themselves? Or do I trust that they really do need help?
It's so hard for me to understand how there is so much diversity among people in this world. How an earth quake in the middle of a city can be "fixed" so much quicker then an earth quake in Haiti. That people in america can be so different from people living in a third world country. The amount of people that have given their time and money and supplies to help the people of Haiti get back on their feet is amazing. But is still blows my mind how much damage there still is. I gave through a fundraiser that my school was having. I still don't feel like that was enough, but it isn't possible for everyone to get on a plane and fly down there to help. But the people that can are doing an amazing job. We all just need to do our part.
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Jan 22, 2011