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'Charity should begin at home'.

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'Charity should begin at home' C.Sturge 5b 1.10.03 When someone says 'charity' to you, what do you think of? You think of Oxfam and Red Cross and sending food to far off lands which you know little about. Because of this charity is a very misunderstood word. How many of you here today give or know people who give money to organisations such as these? I'm sure you could all name a few. Now although I believe that this is indeed a kind and worthwhile pursuit it believe it slightly misses the point of charity, these people are happy to give money to what they believe to be good causes but they do not wish to give time or have a direct impact. ...read more.


A lot of people like ourselves are often happy to blame these people misfortunes on their own inability to do a good days work like the rest of us. Once again another extremely arrogant and na�ve speculation made by people who have never had to experience poverty in their privileged lives. Now I recognise that almost all of the poor in the UK are still much better off than the poor in disadvantaged countries but it is my belief that we should seek first to root out and solve the problems in our own country as much as possible before we look to the others in need. ...read more.


The process will be speeded immensely. However although money is greatly needed for these charities it is not the only thing, the time other people give to help the aged and do community service is needed urgently. The idea that charity should start at home means that we should be directly involved with helping and the best place to start this is without a doubt in your own or nearby communities of which you are a part of. Surely this will give you an infinitely larger sense of satisfaction and you will feel so much better to know that you have helped in a way where the effects are visible to you and your community. Thank you very much for listening. ...read more.

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