The question on how to help others always bothered me. I don't have much myself and for that reason giving money away just isn't doable for me.

A few months ago our church asked for members to help as the church was pretty much in the red with its finances. I didn't give money. Instead I painted a big painting and donated it to the church so they can sell it. I knew even if they only got R100 ($10) for it, it would be more than I could have given. My art teacher said the selling price should be around R800, which is a good amount.

However, even though the church was thrilled about it, some of the members was against selling tickets to win it, saying it is gambling. The painting now serves no purpose as they are unsure about how to sell it without people saying it is gambling.

I don't know why, but this is not good enough for me. Since I can remember I had this intense urge to help others. My life holds no meaning if I don't. I really want to help not only my church, but also the reverend for working on a minimal salary, the one woman whose car broke down and now she cannot even get to work without asking others for a lift, the families that go to bed hungry, people who are sick and cannot afford medical care. I want to devote my life to raising money for others.

I don't know how to do this. Selling my art is about the only thing I can do, but in order to do that I need the supplies, which I cannot afford.

This is driving me insane. I don't want to sit here all day looking at everyone else suffering. It breaks my heart to see others going through any kind of suffering and they shouldn't have to.

I want to try and raise money for others, as crazy as that sounds. I certainly don't think I have anything special to offer or anything like that. On the contrary, I think I have nothing to give actually. But anything would be better than doing nothing and having others suffer around me.
AnomalousEarthling AnomalousEarthling
26-30, F
2 Responses Aug 16, 2014

A friend of my wife' s wanted to start a local flea market/farmer's market (we live in the country). He had no clue how to do it, so he asked for Her help, as she is very good at organizing stuff like that. She accepted under one condition, that is part of the money made would go to local food bank. They started this spring and it has been a succes throughout the summer. So much that local politicians, who wanted nothing to do with it in the begining, are now sticking their noses in it.

That is wonderful thinking of your wife.

Yes and now she has those local politicians (ide call them pigs, but that would be degrading to actual pigs) wrapped around her finger. The city will be finding them a bigger lot for next year, as the lot that had been lent by a local landowner has become too small.

Money isn't the only thing that one needs to help others. I volunteer at a senior living. I help old people wit their groceries, sometimes riding them to their hospital appointments. Most of the times I visit them to just say hi, they like it. They feel some one cares. And yes, I care.

That sounds lovely. I should find out about old age homes around here.