Helping Out Where We Can

When someone close to us in our lives has a crisis how far do we go to help out?

When someone not so close to us has a crisis how far do we go to help out then?

And what about someone we don’t know at all, a stranger in the street?

Recently on UK tv there have been a number of programmes based around strangers helping others who need it.  Usually the ‘helper’ is extremely wealthy and helps financially.  The results have often been life changing for the recipient. The results for the helper have often been life changing too as they realise what great benefits they can bring to others with a little bit of thought and sharing a little of what they have.

Most of us don’t have great wealth.  It is often difficult to find enough for our own needs without considering what others need, but in a crisis we all can find that little bit extra to help out.

Often it isn’t money that is needed.  We can give our time, we can give our compassion, we can give our support, and all of these are free and only cost us a bit of effort.  An friend of mine, Chery Schmidt, recently wrote on this very topic.  You can read her post here, Become More Generous by Giving Freely of Your Time.

Help out where you can.  The rewards can be immense.

Enjoy the journey.

34 Comments

  • Monna Ellithorpe
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    Reply Reply April 12, 2016

    Hi Mandy,

    So true. For those of us who do not have the financial means to help, time is a small effort to give.

    Chery is a good friend of mine too and she’s so giving to help people in so many ways and I just love her enthusiasm and excitement when you talk with her.

    Have a great week.

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 12, 2016

      Hi Monna, thanks for visiting. I loved Chery’s post, which is why I included a link here. Time is free for us all so as you say, if we have no financial means we can at least give that, even if it is small doses. I hope you are well!

      Enjoy the journey!

  • ikechi
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    Reply Reply April 13, 2016

    Hi Mandy

    I enjoyed chery’s post and she is so right.

    I believe that helping other has an awesome benefit. One does not know how much a helping hand can do to a person till he experiences it.

    I agree that helping doesn’t have to be always financial as there are so many ways that we can be generous. It is the mindset that counts. Are we willing to make a difference and give a helping.

    Thanks for your series which I have found so inspirational. Take care and have a wonderful week.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 14, 2016

      Hi Ikechi, thanks for visiting. I agree, our help does not always have to be financial. Have a heart filled with generosity and you will always find a way to help.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Debarpan Mukherjee
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    Reply Reply April 13, 2016

    Hi Mandy,

    It’s so nice to go through your article.Yes most of us don’t have enough resources to help other by financially but I think we all have something to help others like times,compassion and supports.If we could change our attitude and start helping each other with what we have we can change the current selfish world for true.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 14, 2016

      Hi Debarpan, thanks for visiting. Compassion for others is so important and will encourage us to support where it is needed for sure.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Bharat Sharma
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    Reply Reply April 13, 2016

    I did my best to make sure that I helped as many people as possible and then came a time when I was in need for help and no one came forward. People who were there with me when they needed me were trying to ignore me when I needed them. I think I helped a wrong set of people. Now, I still help others but in a limited manner only as much as I could. As far as helping a stranger is concerned, It depends. Sometimes I help them but I sense anything fishy then I prefer walking away. I don’t like it but this is the best thing to do as you can’t trust strangers and one can’t even know if someone is really in the need for help or is just faking it. I am talking about the cheaters, smackers etc.

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 14, 2016

      Hi Bharat, I don’t disagree with you, some people are just out for what they can get for nothing, but I have a tendency to trust rather than judge others. I am sad to hear of your experience, it taints the way you act when something like that happens.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Donna Merrill
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    Reply Reply April 13, 2016

    Hi Mandy,

    It doesn’t have to be giving financially all the time. To me, the best gift of all is our service. I like to do both, but when it is something of service, especially those “little things” it is more of a rewarding experience.

    Sometimes just a phone call can help another. As long as we are mindful of our purpose is that of giving, we can give with ease from a family member to a stranger we will never meet.

    -Donna

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 14, 2016

      Hi Donna, I totally agree, even so much as a smile and a kind word to someone can be so rewarding for them and for you alike.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Joy Healey
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    Reply Reply April 14, 2016

    Hi Mandy,

    Sometimes giving your time is harder than giving money, and often time given to another is more valuable than money.

    I try to do a bit of both.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 14, 2016

      Hi Joy, thanks for visiting. You are so right. Sometimes it is so much easier just to donate rather than actually doing something. I made a series of advent tasks for a friend and one was to put together a Christmas shoebox or stocking for a local rescue. I though she would enjoy the challenge of putting together a range of nice items for the rescues in kennels over Christmas. Instead she chose to go online and make a donation, which is in itself valuable, but doing something hands on is so much more rewarding personally.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Sue Bride
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    Reply Reply April 15, 2016

    I’m feeling a little guilty today. I’ve done an annual charity door knock appeal for a few years. I got a phone call today asking me to do it again this year and turned them down. I have a problem with my leg and can’t walk far but it was the same last year and I put up with the pain. To be honest the main reason is that I had some quite rude responses last year and got very little in the way of donations. I now feel I should do something else to make up for it.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 16, 2016

      Don’t feel guilty, Sue. It sounds like you do more than most! Every little helps so maybe think of something you can do despite your leg and give yourself a break.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Edward Thorpe
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    Reply Reply April 16, 2016

    Hi Mandy,

    Your posts are so practical and humane. I like that about you. I’m in agreement with your attitude that each of us is capable of sharing, even if it’s not of a grandiose scale. There’s no small miracle, Edward
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 16, 2016

      Hi Edward, thanks for visiting. I like that saying ‘there’s no small miracle’. I might have to steal that one! Thanks so much for your kind comments about my posts.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Joan M Harrington
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    Reply Reply April 16, 2016

    Hi Mandy 🙂

    Loved this post! Yes, we all may not have a lot of wealth, but we can help others with what we DO have 😉

    Great share!!
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 16, 2016

      Hi Joan, thanks for visiting. Every little helps, as I say again and again anything is better than nothing.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Hi Mandy,
    Good post on giving .
    These people are often wealthy because they know the right way of giving.
    Most people think giving is what they have too much or can afford ,this
    is not the kind of giving which comes back . Giving is giving from the heart
    right when it is needed ,without considering if we get a tax reduction for this.
    It is a state of mind ,a way of living.
    This has not to be a big thing ,but a generous giving freely from the heart .
    This is a natural law and we have forgotten about. These days thinking is of material only. We give to charity and it feels good ,we give to a poor kid, for example, a toy and it is happy, we see this and it satisfy’s us ,but in reality, we did feed our ego . Real giving does not expect a reward. Kahlil Gibran wrote beautifully here what real giving is.http://www.katsandogz.com/ongiving.html
    Thank you for this great post
    Erika
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 16, 2016

      Hi Erika, thanks for visiting. You are so right, giving comes from the heart and does not have to include or be restricted to material things.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Sonal Talwar
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    Reply Reply April 17, 2016

    Hi Mandy

    I read Chery’s post. Its s true.

    Help does not only mean financial help. We can help others by giving them our time.

    Thanks for sharing!
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 26, 2016

      Hi Sonal, indeed this is true and thank you for taking the time to visit.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Michael
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    Reply Reply April 17, 2016

    Hi Mandy,

    You can give only what you have received. You can give only the excess of what you have received.

    Everyone in their heart knows what their gifting is, where they have an excess – whether it is time or money.

    We all have a moral obligation to help our fellow brethren and it changes them and us at the same time.

    Thank you for the reminder!

    –Michael
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 26, 2016

      Hi Michael, thanks for visiting. You have hit the nail on the head when you say it changes us too. I’m sure many people would feel immense benefits from helping others without seeking reward.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
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    Reply Reply April 17, 2016

    One of my favorite concepts is the idea of paying it forward. A generous heart and a great spirit can make all of the difference.

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 26, 2016

      Hi Elise, thanks for visiting. Every time we pay it forward we pass on a gift, and sometimes someone else pays it forward and we are the ones to receive the gift.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Larry Frank
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    Reply Reply April 19, 2016

    Hello Mandy,
    Nice one you have here, it mustn’t really be money we need to help, but our little time can also do,
    Thanks for sharing and do have a wonderful day ahead.

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 26, 2016

      Hi Larry, thanks for visiting. You are right on the button there, our time can be so valuable to others.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Kathryn Maclean
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    Reply Reply April 24, 2016

    Hi Mandy I just posted on Chery’s site about coming from your site.

    Kindness does not have to be money given only.

    On Chery’s article ,she mentioned how Monna and Sarah took the time to help her out with something. She in turn mentioned their good deed to her which will come back and help them all. Karma

    Giving your time or your money to help another – Isn’t that the golden rule?
    I think it is. Thanks for your lovely post.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 26, 2016

      Hi Kathryn, thanks for sharing to Chery! I also love the saying that if you have too much build a bigger table. Works for me!

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Reji
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    Reply Reply April 24, 2016

    Hi Mandy,

    Thanks for sharing these type of useful posts with us. Helping others is a good quality that is found only with few people. Even if we are not able to support someone financially, it is sometimes more worthful than money when we spend some quality time with someone who need our help.

    Once again thanks and best regards.

    Reji Stephenson
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply April 26, 2016

      Hi Reji, thanks for visiting. I believe we all have the ability to help others, although some choose not to. Time is an important part of that helping when finances do not allow you to.

      Enjoy the journey!

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