A cheerful giver hardly ever lacks. Such is the foundation on which most non-profit organizations are founded (Frumkin, 2006). The Lorton Community Action Center is no exception. It is a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to break the poverty cycle and to prevent homelessness. Founded in 1975, the brainchild of this organization was the increasing lack of basic needs among low-income families. Lorton Community Action Center has since taken up the task of collecting and distributing food throughout the year (Lorton Community Action Center, 1983). Seeing as every dollar makes a difference, any form of donation, whether financial or moral, is highly welcome.
It is saddening to think that human beings under the same sky lead entirely different lives. While others enjoy the simple luxuries of life such as adequate food, shelter, and clothing, people in other parts of the nation cannot recall the last time they afforded a decent meal. Access to health facilities is a tall order for these individuals whenever they need medical attention. The less fortunate are faced with extreme conditions, and all they need is a helping hand
Needless to say, the moral fabric of society draws its strength from understanding. Human beings are structured to care for one another. It is a person’s moral obligation to see to it that all people on the face of the earth are as comfortable as it is humanly possible. The misdemeanors of a friend, brother, or sister can be taken as one’s own. Innocent children suffer due to their parent’s inability to provide for them. These parents are caught between a rock and a hard place, and they cannot be blamed for their current situation. Able adults and children ought to exercise compassion and donate whatever they can afford to fuel the Lorton Community’s worthy cause (Hedrick, 2008).
The organization warmly welcomes financial contributions (Lorton Community Action Center, 1983). Various people have offered undying support by committing themselves to give sustaining gifts. These people have recurrently donated funds thus ensuring a constant food supply for the less fortunate. A common factor unites the financial donors: they are passionate about children. Most of them are moved at the sight of an innocent infant whose only care in the world is love and protection. Donors are glad to be part of the success stories of these young ones who are given a second chance in life.
Apart from financial aid, these people need clothing and household goods. Closets may be stacked with garments that are rarely worn. These can be beneficial to a mother whose knowledge of clothes is limited to two worn out dresses that she can afford. It is Lorton’s earnest appeal to all individuals to sift through their closets and offer what they can to these men and women. Household goods such as cutlery and utensils will go a long way in ensuring that the food accessed is served in hygienic conditions. Additionally, this furniture will play a significant role in preventing the spread of diseases such as tuberculosis and cholera. Consequently, human life will be preserved (Lorton Community Action Center, 1983).
The youth is highly encouraged to offer voluntary services to the organization. Their services are especially needed in the pantry and the thrift store. In the pantry, the youth can shelve food, break down food boxes, and conduct food drives. All these activities are rewarding to the less fortunate as they will learn that the community appreciates them regardless of their temporary situation. Young people in the thrift store will be tasked with monitoring incoming donations and tidying the shop. While at it, they will be able to socialize with the children while offering the much-needed love and support (Post, 2011).
As a potential donor, there are numerous gifts in store. First is peace of mind (Post, 2011). There is nothing more satisfying than the thought that one’s life changed for the better thanks to another human’s effort. The smiles on the faces of these mothers and fathers at the sight of certain clothing, decent bedding, and access to health facilities are heavenly. Donors will be contented when they help a child to not only realize their life goals but also come to the aid of another child in future (Frumkin, 2006). Additionally, adults who set up fundraising pages will receive five hours of community service credit for every a thousand dollars that they raise. It is in addition to the sound knowledge that over 250 families will be able to receive fresh food every week (Lorton Community Action Center, 1983). Nothing could be more rewarding.
‘The heart that gives, gathers’ should be the ultimate inspiration. The simple act of giving goes a long way in making a difference in the lives of other human beings. Feeding one life could be more beneficial than feeding a thousand as long as it is done out of the heart’s abundance (Hedrick, 2008).