A guy I went to college with has this posted as his status:
America: a country where we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed without eating, elderly going without needed meds, and mentally ill without treatment - yet we have a benefit for the people of Haiti on 12 TV stations.
What is your honest opinion on this post? Do you agree with it? Disagree?
I am not going to beat around the bush on this topic. When I saw this posted this morning, I wanted to agree with him. Kevin and I had a similar conversation last week about this. While I DO think people should contribute to Haiti, and want to help others, I also think Americans should be contributing to our own issues. When I hear how much money the government is sending to Haiti, I gasped. Why can't they pour money into our school systems? Or help those who are struggling each and every day to make ends meet? Like the post above stated, there are those without shelter, without food, just like those in Haiti right here in our own country. I also think it is none of my business to tell others where to put their money, and sending $10 to Haiti is a wonderful thing!However, the government needs to put the money into our own country. Charity begins at home and until there are children who are not starving here in the United States, focus needs to stay on us first, and everyone else second.
On the other hand, I think it is was amazing to hear just how much money was raised for the people of Haiti in one night. Americans surely can be generous, and it is an indication of how great our country is. Instead of having the telethon, and asking Americans who are struggling to contribute, why couldn't all these millionaires, put more of their money on the line? While they may have given money out, I do not think they gave enough.
I hope those reading this don't have a different opinion of me. My opinions are just that. Opinions. Americans should give to charity more often. The telethon showed just how much good people can do, a little from a lot of people can go a long way. Let's be that motivated to help our own people.