Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
- Leo Buscaglia

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Helping a Disabled Veteran

     There are literally endless numbers of people who need endless amounts of help.  To be candid, sometimes it's overwhelming even to think about it, and it can be difficult to figure out the most appropriate way to help and the appropriate amount with which to help.  No matter how much assistance we offer, we could always do more and there will always be more people who need that help.  I honestly don't know how best to answer this dilemma, other than to make sure I at least keep doing something.  Tonight, I decided to go back to, and find someone to help.
     As I read through the stories of so many desperate people in need of assistance, I settled on the opportunity to help a disabled veteran and his wife as they struggle to pay their utility bills and stay in their home.  I can hardly imagine how difficult this must be, and further, how difficult it must be to swallow your pride and ask strangers for help.  I made a contribution to the family, though it likely only put a small dent into their sizable challenge.  I realize that it's just a start for them, and that it won't solve all their problems, but at least I helped.

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