Today is Blog Action Day and this years topic is Poverty. Poverty is a problem that affects millions of people in the United States and billions of people world wide. That's right, billions. If you have never started in the face of someone in poverty or herd some in poverty's story it can be an easy thing to dismiss. Especially for those who like in U.S. middle class suburbia where the issue is usually out of sight and out of mind. But, there is something each and every one of us can do to help people in poverty. As a Christian I see this not as something I can do but as something I'm called to do. Let's take a look at a few simple things we can do.

World Relief Organizations

There are more than a few world relief organizations, like Lutheran World Relief. Organizations like this offer opportunities to by fair trade products (like coffee) to put more money in the hands of people who do the work while we still get out products. Or, they offer opportunities to use our skills to make things for people in need (like blankets). And, they offer opportunities to give money to help in aid.

Play Online Games

Bet you didn't see this one coming. An example of this is the Free Rice Game. While you play this game advertisements are displayed. The proceeds from the advertising money is used to buy rice for hungry people around the world.

Adopt A Kid

There are a number of places like Compassion International where you can sponsor a child and help them for less than most smokers spend in a week. It's a simple way to help someone less fortunate than us Internet junkies.

This is my short list of easy ways we can start to help people in poverty. Any suggestions for other easy ways to help people?


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