How to give

November 25, 2012 

DIANE BAGLEY, Burbank

Becky Jay's letter on Nov. 13 stated that the majority of Americans' belief in the verse in Matthew (I was hungry and you fed me...) is an affirmation of the Democrats' position on government handout programs.

That verse does not read "I was hungry and your government fed me..." It means each of us individually should help the needy by personally supporting local programs like Toys for Tots and Coats for Kids, volunteering at Senior Companions, Meals on Wheels, local food banks or Habitat for Humanity.

Find ways to contribute to the Union Gospel Mission's work. Take a meal to a neighbor who has suffered a death in the family. Give blood at the Red Cross, help the Salvation Army meet needs of those who have lost much in a natural disaster.

On a global level, support a child through Compassion International or give a gift that will provide livestock to a Third World family through Heifer International. That fulfills the real meaning of the Matthew scripture.

Strange, isn't it, that the charitable gifts made by President Obama, Vice President Biden, U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Harry Reid average about 2 percent of their abundant personal worth, while Mitt Romney gave 30 percent last year. Now, who actually lives that Christian doctrine?

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