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    His name is Dan

    His Name is Dan

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    Somewhere around 8:45 pm this evening I heard this sound at the front door. Next thing I know, the front door handle is wiggling, and someone is attempting to push at the door to get in. The door was locked thank God, but it was already dark outside. Luckily the porch light was on. I’ll never turn it off again.

    I’ll never turn it off again

    I hadn’t heard any cars pull up in front of the house. I was very alarmed. I got up from the couch a little shaken that someone had just tried to enter my home. Thoughts go through your mind.

    1. Do you have your phone?
    2. What is your escape path?
    3. If you own a gun, do you get it?
    4. Is looking out the window to see who it is – enough to give you heart palpitations?
    5. Do you have kids?
    6. Do you open the door?

    A view from the front window

    There at my front door was a little old man, about 5’3 or so. He was hunched over and leaning on a cane. An old backpack was slowly sliding down his shoulder. It looked like a child’s backpack. His long beard was unkempt, and an old cap with the word Navy on it adorned his head. The old green army jacket he wore clashed with his Navy ball cap. He was wearing the typical layers of clothing that you see on many homeless people. I noticed that his mustache was starting to fill with thick dark blood pooling from his nose. A scrap on the bridge of his nose showed that he had either taken a tumble somewhere, …or someone had hit him hard.

    …or someone had hit him hard

    I opened the door

    My children still haven’t gotten over the fact that I opened the door. I’ve been royally scolded. Rightfully so.

    I approached this person standing on my porch and asked if he was okay. Fearfully I reached out and put my hand on his shoulder, and my fear quickly went away. He looked up at me with his little beady eyes and a half smile on his face. He apologized for his condition (drunk). He smelled like a nasty bottle of crap.

    0-2 His Name is DanHe apparently had mistaken my house for someone else’s. He said he was looking for Greg or Craig and some woman he knew. He thought they lived here, and they would put him up for the night. I assured him that they did not live here.

    I asked him if he needed help. That is when he told me that his roommate who lives across town had kicked him out of the house, and he was afraid of him. He was very lost and confused, and I didn’t believe much of what he said. But he was hurt.

    But he was hurt

    I asked that he stand where he was on the porch. He relaxed for a second and then leaned heavily on the porch railing, trying to steady himself.  I turned and went back inside my home, and grab some tissue off the coffee table for him to wipe his face with. When I returned, he took the tissue I offered, and he slowly started dabbing at the blood – smearing it down his face into his beard. He then pointed to the road, and said, “…out there, I fell”.

    “…out there, I fell”

    I asked if he wanted me to call the police and have them take him to the local Hostel here in town. I offered to pay for it. He told me “I don’t want anything to do with the cops!”  I suspected he had a number of mental health issues along with a serious alcohol problem; and, probably recent run-ins with the law.

    After he attempted to clean his face, he stated that there was a woman across town that might put him up. Assuming he would make his way back to wherever he had come from, I wished him well, and God Bless.

    As silent as he had appeared on my porch, he slowly withdrew back down the steps – and I swear he just disappeared. I secured the porch gate, and all my door locks once again for the evening. I then called the police. Hopefully, they found him. I knew I wouldn’t be sleeping much that evening.

    I wouldn’t be sleeping much that evening

    What started out like a horror movie, turned into a sad motion picture about someone’s life destroyed by alcohol and mental illness.

    The rumblings

    There was rumbling around the outside of the house later that same night. The cat and dog were picking up their ears…listening, as was I. I wasn’t going back outside! Then I thought… “Why didn’t my dog barkShe is like a second doorbell.

    The next morning I noticed that the front porch latch was undone again, and the lawn furniture had been moved. I called the police again.

    Later the next day, I was mowing the lawn and discovered dog treats in my yard. I never feed my dog those treats. Someone has been making friends with my pets.

    Moral of the story

    Always lock your house. Get security lights and camera’s if you need too. Call the police and have them remove whoever is on your porch. Well…. and don’t open the stupid door.

    I do thank the police for looking for him and stepping up patrols in the area.

     


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    Humanitarian Giving - If it isn’t fun, you’re doing it wrong. There is any number of articles out there about giving to charities. The best kind of articles, are the ones that show you what giving has done to help someone else. It's seeing the smiles and heartfelt thank you's coming from the recipients. Be it someone old, young, homebound, sick, or impoverished - it feels good to give. It can actually be fun to give. Meeting the needs of providing a normal family life is difficult for some. Offering to help isn't and shouldn't be a handout - but rather a hand up with the support of a caring giver. Anne Frank famously wrote, “No one has ever become poor by giving.” How does one choose whom to give to, and what? It doesn't have to be a hard decision. Think on your own past and remember the moments in life that made you feel the most accepted, at peace, and understood. What made you feel that way? Give that way. You may know who you are giving too, then again, you may not. You may want to give anonymously - the best gifts are the ones in which you will receive nothing in return. The gift of giving is a gift in-and-of itself. Giving to others is a gift you give yourself. Yet it helps another human being to feel happy and grateful. It eases a heavy burden and lifts a heart. Giving to others is a gift you give yourself. Looking for some Creative Ways to Give? Check out the list below: Answer A Child’s Letter To Santa Buy a cell phone and talk-time for a soldier. Donate frequent flyer miles you have accumulated to help a needy family. Donate your credit card rewards points. Donate your vehicle to charity. Financially Struggling Families need help with utilities and decent clothing Gift A Gift To A Kid In The Hospital- “A gift of toys, games or activity supplies can make a big difference to children and families spending time in the hospital.” Give A Foster Child A Holiday Gift Give A Gift To A Child In A Youth Corrections Facility Give A Gift To A Child Living In A Crisis Give A Gift To A Child Living In Poverty Give A Gift To A Child With A Deployed Parent Give A Gift To A Homeless Kid Give a pair of glasses when you buy two for one Give a pair of shoes when you buy two for one Give Barn animals to needy families in different countries Give a gift card to your local store Give to a random fund (or adoption fund ) Give to St. Judes Hospital for children Give to your local food bank Help a child with a cleft lip at Operation Smile. Help save African and Asian elephants. Offset your carbon footprint. Organize your own fundraiser and donate to your favorite cause. Sell stuff on eBay for charity. The Ronald McDonald House provides housing to families of children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals. SAMARITANS PURSE Shoebox distribution - Operation Christmas Child provides gifts to children in need each year. Volunteers are asked to pay $25 and pack a virtual “shoebox” of gifts for a child including essentials like a toothbrush, a “wow gift” and small gifts like a ball or a car, and a note and a photo if you so choose, or you can just donate $25 to have the organization build a shoebox for you. There are many families in America who may not be homeless or starving, but they're struggling. Help with a month or two on their mortgage or utilities. This might be what it takes to get them back on their feet during the winter months. Give your time by serving food to the needy “If you can’t feed a hundred people, feed just one.” Mother Teresa Help a family get their car running so they can go to work Give school supplies to your local schools Donate to a school who need jerseys and other athletic equipment Give to your local churches and charities that support the homeless and needy Re-gifting items that could help a family who doesn't have things like a refrigerator or other large household items. The size of your charitable gift isn't as important as the very act of giving itself. Because, you know what, it involves you. It involves you giving and helping. There is a saying, "Give out of your need." Also "To whom much is given - much will be required" Both are important humanitarian ways of thinking. "No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another." ― Charles Dickens. Reach out and find that charity that gives you the greatest sense of "HOPE" for humanity. It begins one person at a time. Starting with you, and me. Humanitarian Giving - if it isn’t fun, you’re doing it wrong. Have some fun giving this year & warm another's heart by giving.

    Humanitarian Giving – If it isn’t fun, you’re doing it wrong.

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    Humanitarian Giving – If it isn’t fun, you’re doing it wrong.

    There is any number of articles out there about giving to charities. The best kind of articles, are the ones that show you what giving has done to help someone else. It’s seeing the smiles and heartfelt thank you’s coming from the recipients. Be it someone old, young, homebound, sick, or impoverished – it feels good to give. It can actually be fun to give.

    Meeting the needs of providing a normal family life is difficult for some. Offering to help isn’t and shouldn’t be a handout – but rather a hand up with the support of a caring giver.

    Anne Frank famously wrote, “No one has ever become poor by giving.”

    How does one choose whom to give to, and what? It doesn’t have to be a hard decision. Think on your own past and remember the moments in life that made you feel the most accepted, at peace, and understood. What made you feel that way? Give that way.

    You may know who you are giving too, then again, you may not. You may want to give anonymously – the best gifts are the ones in which you will receive nothing in return.

    The gift of giving is a gift in-and-of-itself. Giving to others is a gift you give yourself. Yet it helps another human being to feel happy and grateful. It eases a heavy burden and lifts a heart.

    Giving to others is a gift you give yourself.

    Looking for some Creative Ways to Give? Check out the list below:

    • Answer A Child’s Letter To Santa
    • Buy a cell phone and talk-time for a soldier.
    • Donate frequent flyer miles you have accumulated to help a needy family.
    • Donate your credit card rewards points.
    • Donate your vehicle to charity.
    • Financially Struggling Families need help with utilities and decent clothing
    • Gift A Gift To A Kid In The Hospital- “A gift of toys, games or activity supplies can make a big difference to children and families spending time in the hospital.”
    • Give A Foster Child A Holiday Gift
    • Give A Gift To A Child In A Youth Corrections Facility
    • Give A Gift To A Child Living In A Crisis
    • Give A Gift To A Child Living In Poverty
    • Give A Gift To A Child With A Deployed Parent
    • Give A Gift To A Homeless Kid
    • Give a pair of glasses when you buy two for one
    • Give a pair of shoes when you buy two for one
    • Give Barn animals to needy families in different countries
    • Give a gift card to your local store
    • Give to a random fund (or adoption fund )
    • Give to St. Judes Hospital for children
    • Give to your local food bank
    • Help a child with a cleft lip at Operation Smile.
    • Help save African and Asian elephants.
    • Offset your carbon footprint.
    • Organize your own fundraiser and donate to your favorite cause.
    • Sell stuff on eBay for charity.
    • The Ronald McDonald House provides housing to families of children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.
    • SAMARITANS PURSE Shoebox distribution – Operation Christmas Child provides gifts to children in need each year. Volunteers are asked to pay $25 and pack a virtual “shoebox” of gifts for a child including essentials like a toothbrush, a “wow gift” and small gifts like a ball or a car, and a note and a photo if you so choose, or you can just donate $25 to have the organization build a shoebox for you.
    • There are many families in America who may not be homeless or starving, but they’re struggling. Help with a month or two on their mortgage or utilities. This might be what it takes to get them back on their feet during the winter months.
    • Give your time by serving food to the needy

    “If you can’t feed a hundred people, feed just one.” Mother Teresa

    • Help a family get their car running so they can go to work
    • Give school supplies to your local schools
    • Donate to a school who need jerseys and other athletic equipment
    • Give to your local churches and charities that support the homeless and needy
    • Re-gifting items that could help a family who doesn’t have things like a refrigerator or other large household items.

    The size of your charitable gift isn’t as important as the very act of giving itself. Because, you know what, it involves you. It involves you giving and helping. There is a saying, “Give out of your need.” Also “To whom much is given – much will be required” Both are important humanitarian ways of thinking.

    “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ― Charles Dickens.

    Reach out and find that charity that gives you the greatest sense of “HOPE” for humanity. It begins one person at a time. Starting with you, and me.

    Humanitarian Giving – if it isn’t fun, you’re doing it wrong. Have some fun giving this year & warm another’s heart by giving.


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    on a ledge

    Dear Volunteer

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    Dear Volunteer

    Lace up!

    Coming up in October is the Other Half Marathon here in Moab Utah.  Not as large as the ½ Marathon held in the spring, but still a busy fun adventure for the like-minded.

    Thelma and Louise  

    I love those emails that come out and say “Hey Volunteer – you want to help out this year”?  That’s enough said, it’s short, sweet and to the point.   If you are like me and the 100’s of other local volunteers – you can’t say the magic word “NO”.   Here is what is really behind that one line question:

    “Hey Volunteer – you want to help out this year”?

    Dear Volunteer!

    Up at 5:00 am and loaded with nothing but a steamy mug of coffee, an over-sized sweatshirt to keep the morning chill away –please drive yourself the required 13 miles down the curvy river road to your location.  Soon other volunteers will be showing up to help you load the 1000’s of bags from the runners onto the waiting trucks that will haul them back to town to the next volunteer crew.

    Volunteers wipe the sleep from your eyes and get busy helping to park buses
    and utility vehicles or help at the start of the race.  Many of your volunteers will be busy the day before setting up the start and finish lines;  handing out packets;  running unending errands – only to turn around and be back out into the elementsAAEAAQAAAAAAAAXIAAAAJDkzYjYzOWU0LWM2N2YtNGNjNi04ZjQyLTkwZDE2ZWQwMmU1MA-300x123 Dear Volunteer
    the next morning.  Come rain or shine the day is before us!

    Volunteers will line the 13-mile course as marshal’s, trackers, water station aids,  and even a Taiko drummer group will be available to help encourage the runners to continue the pace.  The view along the route is spectacular, and there is personal satisfaction in knowing that there is a river bank location with your name on it after you’re done.  Now, get yourself a breakfast burrito and coffee at the Volunteer booth – let’s get going!

    Crossing that finish line is golden!

    AAEAAQAAAAAAAASaAAAAJDk1MDEyZmEzLTM1NDAtNDI2ZS1iODZmLWU3YzExODRmNGViYg-300x227 Dear Volunteer The finish line is filled with more volunteers happily greeting runners and quickly assessing run times.  Runners are herded to aid stations which will help the tired but exuberant finishers.  Need a massage? The volunteers got you covered.  How about food to replenish those muscles and nurture hammered bones?  Volunteers again.

    The brew crew has a bubbly beer in the beer garden to help wash down the sweat and tears and ease those victory woes.  Don’t Judge! AAEAAQAAAAAAAAXQAAAAJGY1ODFjMTJjLWI3MDMtNDhkYS05MWQxLWU2YjJjNTljZTc0Ng-300x225 Dear Volunteer

    Don’t forget all those folks who are walking the river roadway cleaning up debris and those who help to tear down after the race.  Those on an emergency call, and the organizers on the radios, to those carrying flags – they know the value of what they do.  It’s all for the  REWARD.  The real reward is self-satisfaction in knowing you’ve done something to contribute to a  community event!  An event that brings prominence to our little piece of property on this small planet called earth.  Or better yet, that speck of red dirt called Moab Utah!

    Volunteers from every walk of life show up to help.  You have teachers, doctors, lawyers, honor society members, brewery folk, youth garden kids, and construction workers, democrats and republicans,  and more.  Why?  Because they can. Because they care.  It isn’t one person, but many. Each deserving and caring enough to “show up”.  Have fun!

     AAEAAQAAAAAAAAThAAAAJGNiNzJjYTQ3LTZjZTUtNDZkMC04MzUyLWE2ZjM3OWY2Y2Y3Ng-300x225 Dear Volunteer

     Just show up!  Say YES!

    The best part… the volunteer party!


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    Random Acts of Kindness

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    Random Acts of Kindness
    by: JB Radcliff

    The simple things in life matter the most. Providing clean water, food, and aid, to those in need, to name a view.

    Collaborating with like-minded businesses, individuals, churches, and organizations, one person at a time to make a difference – has a rippling effect.  How we pass along those attributes of giving to the next generation, is a secondary gift.

     Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your modus operandi & change your world. ~Annie Lennon

    Random acts of kindness help to “feed your soul”. It is in the doing of kindness that you find contentment in your own soul. Who doesn’t want to feel content?

    Simple Random acts of kindness mean

    (1) being kind to others: supporting your local communities, animal shelters, and helping out neighbors to name a few.

    (2) being kind to yourself: helping where you can, and knowing your own limitations.

    (3) being kind to the planet: Leave it the way you found it, or make it better.

    There is a lot of research out there; regarding how and why we need to be kind, beginning in infancy.

    Can Kindness be taught?

    1. We are born with a certain amount of bias or preferences. Babies learn things very rapidly and they tend to focus on verbal communication, numbers, and causality.

    2. Babies are born schemers! They have their own will, they enjoy creativity, and they are always looking to develop their learning. Babies think about thinking. They come with a set of natural knowledge cues.

    392b31e7-5d66-4d5f-ae2c-e1b7e243e715.png?zoom=1 Random Acts of Kindness?

    3. Children, as they grow, have multiple intelligences. Meaning, that children will play around with theories they create in their own minds; exploring and packing away chunks of information for a rainy day. They are seeking to understand the world around them, and learning how to best adapt to that world. Many researchers believe that children all learn differently, at different times, and at different levels – with multiple intelligences. If we work with a child’s weaknesses and we build on their strengths, we can help a child create and use play to understand the world around them. We can also apply these same principles to adults and their ability to show kindness, and teach it!

    Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. ~Proverbs 22:6

    Practice a fair amount of random acts of kindness, daily. There is so much to be gained on a personal level when you do. When you practice kindness, make sure your children see you doing it as well. You are their best role model. Kindness is year round – It does not end after one day. Kindness needs to be practiced 365 days a year, and it begins with you. It could be as simple as a smile, a hug, or a phone call.

    “You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force.” -Publilius Syrus
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    Article points and research content first appeared in  Public Health – Eating Disaster (c)  college masters articles (2012 -2013), Utah State Univesity | Radcliff. 

    Content creator & writer, blogger, social and digital media advocate. JB was born with a passion for writing and instructional design. JB is the owner of Radcliff Design.

     


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    Charity Begins At Home – When the Last Horn Blows

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    Charity Begins At Home – When the Last Horn Blows

    There is an old saying, that Charity Begins At Home. This proverb was originally documented in English, in somewhat different format, in John Wycliffe’s Of Prelates (c. 1380); “Charity should begin at himself.” It was later quoted as “Charity begins at home” by Terence.

    Charity begins at home ~ Terence

    There are many ways to give right inside your own company, organization, religious or educational institution, and your own home.   Yet, I understand that there are also situations in other countries that do require much-needed aid.

    From time to time charity will not involve money. Sometimes it is the opening of oneself and the giving of respect, honor, and occasionally a fond farewell. Best described with examples:

    When the Last Horn Blows

    Looking out the window of the guard shack, an older gentleman, whom we will call RC, sits and awaits the next train leaving the site, “The Train of Pain”. Twice a week the 8800-horsepower diesel-electric engine moves along a 30 mile stretch of track, taking its payload to a dump site. Back and forth, trudging along, giving it’s all, it will continue until its last load is complete.

    Surrounded by nothing more than the still night desert air and an occasional coyote, the desert calm is broken with the distance hum of an engine on the track. In that moment, RC feels a deep appreciation for the work he’s done. Be that watching the site, doing the rounds, radioing the conditions, and checking the U.P.R. train crew in and out each night at the end of the shift, somewhere before midnight.

    Every week, for many years, RC watched as the train came to the switch on the track, and listened as the mighty engines horn-blast filled the air, then slowly it would disappear into the night.

    The Midnight Shift

    The end of RC’s guard had come, tonight would be his last. RC was preparing for the next journey in his life – retirement.  Unknown to RC, right before he was to depart to his solitary guard shack, a radio announcement came over the airwaves. It was the project manager and he radioed for RC to step outside, and then relayed to all around to blow their horns one last time in RC’s honor.

    RC stood on the steps outside and he listened as the horn blast from semi’s, trucks, and train, could be heard all over the project. In this moment of honor – a smile crossed his face, and a solitary tear escaped, and slide down the side of his face.

    Later that evening while finishing his final midnight shift, he reminiscences. He will forever recall that first train blast from an old 1996 GE C44AC pusher engine as it slowly meandered down the track. He then thoughtfully stared at a framed image of that same train, a gift which was presented to him, from everyone on the project that day. He had a purpose!

    Charity is a thankful heart

    Charity does begin at home, and from time to time it doesn’t involve money. Charity in its most basic form is that substance that all humans need; respect, honor, integrity, a purpose, a horn blast. If you begin there, giving money is easy after that. Learning how to give of ‘himself’, is the first lesson.

    Charity begins at home, but should not end there. ~ Thomas Fuller

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    Content creator & writer, blogger, social and digital media advocate. JB was born with a passion for writing and instructional design. JB is the owner of Radcliff Design.

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