Packers v. Bears: this Sunday, December 16.
Join Bears fan, Chris from Racine, and your resident Packers fan (that would be me) for some Food Pantry Football. Packers fans, donate one food item to the food pantry of your choice for every point the Packers score. Bears fans, donate one food item to the food pantry of your choice for every point the Bears score (if any). May our local food pantries bust at the seams.
Let’s hope for a high scoring game!
Since Obama was re elected I find it hard to give to charities. Since most of the people that benifit from these gifts are Obama supporters and have voted to take more money away from me I feel like let Obama help them.
I can see from where you are coming, but kids don’t vote.
Thats true but their parents do. The other problem I have with food pantries is I personaly know people who go to food pantries after they pick up their beer and cigerettes and on their way to the bar. I have no problem helping the truely needed, but it seems more and more people are just working the system.
That is the huge problem with government welfare…the attitude, “It’s the government’s job”, a feeling like one is absolved of responsibility to help those that are down and out.
I also agree food pantries are overused. People finding money for beer and cigs should be automatically disqualified from using the food pantry.
I can’t control who goes to the food pantries, but there is true need out there. I’m still going to give to them. Sometimes I write a recipe on an index card and wrap it around a can with a rubber band . I don’t know if the workers throw it away or if they leave it, but I’m not going to stop.
Hear! Hear! For Wendy’s true sense of unqualified kindness and charity:)
You guys are unbelievable.
Wendy, I’m in.
And right before Christmas.
Kevin, you must have stumbled across the numerous bible passages talking about about helping the poor.
I recall no caveats about whether the needy live up to your or reaper’s judgment of their work ethic.
I urge all of you to take up Wendy’s challenge.
If you, as do I, really get up every morning wanting to get to work, you should be thankful for your blessings.
You all can do what ever you like. I do not believe in telling other people what they should do. Here’s a thought, instead of just dropping your food off and leaving why don’t you stay and see all the “needy” people that come in. When does helping become enabling ?
As far as the recipe, Is a nice thought but most of the people I see using food stamps are not buying ingredients but rather potato chips and Captain Crunch.
From a Christian perspective, helping the poor, or “the least of these” is more than feeding the physical body. It is also about feeding the spirit.
With our church’s food pantry, we not only feed the physical needs but also want to make sure the soul is being nourished as well.
With public food pantries, Reaper nailed it on the culture of enablement. Enabling drug and alcohol addiction is a huge problem and adds to the destruction of those who are poor in spirit, without Christ as the center of their life. How would you feel if you gave someone food for a month, which allowed them (or freed up income that would have been used for food) to buy drugs/alcohol and abused their family, or worse killed someone while driving impaired? That is NOT “helping the least of these”.
I have tremendous experience growing up in a culture of alcohol enablement, and enabling bad behavior is very, very, destructive for all involved.
Sometimes, if you care for someone, you DON’T give them a handout until they feed their spirit first. To do otherwise can be a disaster, both spiritually and bodily.
Kevin, you are pathetic:(
I’m advocating that feeding one’s spirit is as important, or more important, than feeding one’s body. Helping the “least of these” means both should be done, and addressed.
Feeding the body is only part of the job.
So helping to make one rich in spirit, to help them to stop doing drugs and alcohol (or any other destructive activity), should not be done?
Or just ignored?
I’m advocating that feeding one’s spirit is as important, or more important, than feeding one’s body.
Here’s a thought Kev.
Let the food pantries do what they have chosen to do.
Feed the poor.
You know, that freedom of choice you are always carping about.
My folks raised me to believe that all the really good stuff like love, charity and kindness should be provided without conditions or qualifications.
Apparently your folks did not.
Nobody is saying these public food pantries cannot continue their work.
However, if the person donating the food cares about the person’s spirit, as well their physical needs, consider donating to the local food pantry at your local church.
Public food pantries tend to not always address feeding the spirit.
I come from the perspective that being charitable in feeding the spirit demonstrates the ultimate charity to the “least of these”.
I’m only encouraging that one also be mindful with their giving. If the charity addresses the culture of enablement to the donor’s satisfaction, that is outstanding.
If you want to give, regardless of the enablement of any bad behavior, that is your choice as well.
I think our difference probably lies in short term vs. long term perspective. The goal is still the same: helping those in need.
Thanks, fu and Charlie!
Wow. Just Wow. I am just amazed that Wendy can make this kind of announcement and even THAT leaves room for debate. If you don’t like the idea, don’t participate. If you like it, participate. Folks - this was originally about making a football game between rivals a fun way to help those less fortunate. To make this into some sort of philosophical debate is rather pathetic.
Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.
Who’s debating Wendy?
I’m in as well. I’m going to give it to my local church pantry.
The debate was not about participation, but about maximum effectiveness of the gift and the concerns donors may have.
Salvation ala mode and a cup of tea.
Not to rain on your parade Wendy but one could also check out the light display with the entire family out at the fair grounds.
All the proceeds benefit all food pantry’s county wide plus the lights and music may enhance everyone’s Christmas spirit. Talk about a perfect time to impress Santa, bring in a case a can goods and your certain to find something under the tree come Christmas morning. If your going to suck up do it when the big guy dressed in red can see you.
You make me chuckle.
If I may say, some of y’all are a bunch of assholes. This is an innocuous idea to use a sports rivalry as a catalyst to benefit our fellow Man. And some of y’all have to turn it into somthing else.
Shame on you.
You are welcome Wendy:)
Thank you for reminding me of the lessons of my Mom & Dad:):):)
“If I may say, some of y’all are a bunch of assholes.”
I am kinda amased at your lack of tolerance for a difference of opinion. No one has said you can’t donate to the food pantry. If this makes you feel good then by all means go ahead. I feel that there are alot of people that take advantage of the system. My opinion.
And as you have said in the past restoring to name calling does not really help prove your case.
Define “tolerance.” I am not asking for a law to forbid your position. I am not storming your house. I am not even deleting your comments. I am not even trying to force you to give to a food pantry. I am merely expressing my opinion of your position. If expressing a negative opinion makes me intolerant, then I guess we all are.
I guess my definition of tolerance would be not name calling, understanding that not everyone feels the same way about charities that you do. I am not sure what has got you so fired up. Go back and reread all the comments. No one has attacked you or your wife. no one has been crude or judgemental. Maybe my life experinces just give me a different perspective on this than what you see.