SEARCH BLOG: GIVING
I posted this the other day at Economist's View where the discussion was all about charity and tax deductions:
This ad hoc system in Delavan, Wisconsin, still struggles to provide basic subsistence for the unfortunate as do other similar efforts. Delavan is just a small spot on the map. But this is big help to the people who receive it. Especially when the temperatures start hovering around 10 degrees.
Sometimes charity is given because it is the right thing to do, not because of tax deductions.
My brother-in-law is an Episcopalian priest who, last Christmas, disguised himself as a homeless man and stationed himself next to the stairs of the church before the services. Most of the congregation simply tried to ignore him. A few offered a small amount of money. They all were quite surprised when he walked to the front of the church after they had all been seated and revealed who he was.
From that stunt and the following notoriety, the churches in his area formed a loose, voluntary coalition of informal shelters to ensure that no homeless people would be forced to live on the streets. Men are housed at the churches while women and children go to hotels... all from money donated to the churches for that purpose... charity. See here.
It is people stepping up to do the right thing regardless of what the government offers as incentives.
Too bad it doesn't happen often enough.
I guess it's a matter of economics.
If you want to help, you can donate to:
Rev. William MyrickMemo your donation for the Homeless Shelter.
Christ Episcopal Church
503 E. Walworth Ave.
P.O. Box 528
Delavan, Wisconsin 53115
Or you can just pass this message on. A small act at Christmas can last all year. Just ask Rev. Myrick.
p.s., all of the money is used for housing the women and children; the churches donate their space and food for the single men.