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LOVE,HOPE FOR KIDS LIVING WITH CANCER.

Organized by: St.Jude Children's Research Hospital

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THE STORY:

There are only four kinds of people in the world.

Those who have been caregivers.

Those who are currently caregivers.

Those who will be caregivers and those

who will need caregivers.

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Your Impact

 

Funding today's care
Your unrestricted gift  supports essential programs and services the hospital needs to fund today to improve the care we give to kids and their families.

Your gift might help purchase child-sized medical equipment, hire or train specialized staff or cover the cost of care for patients unable to afford treatment.

Enabling growth at a faster pace
Your gift to specific areas of care can accelerate the pace of innovation in the way we provide treatment to patients and their families.
LOVE & HOPE Fund gifts are unrestricted donations used for Children's Hospital ’ greatest needs, providing the hospital with greater flexibility to care for our young patients. Your donation to the Children's Fund helps to provide each child we care for—and their family—with the best possible healthcare experience.  Your support enables us to:

Offer the highest level of pediatric care possible to all patients
Support parents, family and siblings as they participate in the day-to-day medical and emotional needs of patients 
Provide financial counselors to aid in directing parents to appropriate federal and state resources
Cover the cost of care that government aid programs do not
Treat all children well, regardless of ability to pay
Make groundbreaking strides in research through studies that are leading to more effective treatments and cures for childhood illnesses
Support physicians and their patients in rural mountain communities
Meet unique pediatric health needs via a care network of 1,000 pediatric specialists and more than 5,090 employees.

Tis the Season for charity, where every non-profit organization is seeking donations in order to help a variety of wonderful causes. But this year, try cutting out the middleman and start being the direct agent of giving.

Instead of writing out a check or sending a package to an organization, find a homeless or poor individual and reach out to them personally. Give them your food, clothes, time, energy, and whatever else represents Christ love yourself—in person! Don’t pass along the responsibility to someone else.

For many, this sounds like an uncomfortable way to spend the Christmas season—it probably will be—but here’s why you should do it:

1)      Jesus Calls Us to Help the Poor

Jesus wants us to help the poor—without qualifications! He doesn’t command us to help just the responsible poor, the Christian poor, the likeable poor, the sober poor, or the hardworking poor, He calls us to love and help everyone—no matter what!

It’s amazing how we’re quick to recognize that God loves us unequivocally, that His grace covers all of our sins, and yet we put so many stipulations on helping the poor. If we accept God’s infinite mercy in our lives but refuse to pass it along to others—whether we think they’re deserving of it or not—we’re the worst of hypocrites.

Related: Hating the Poor but Loving Jesus? – by Craig M. Watts

In the end, we want to follow Christ’s example, and Jesus was with the poor. Non-profit organizations and ministries are great, but they shouldn’t serve as an excuse for you not to do anything on your own.

2)      It’s Not a Sin to Be Poor

In a culture obsessed with consumerism, money is seen as the ultimate form of power and success, but it’s not a sin to be poor. For Christians, especially middle-class Westernized believers, it’s easy to assume the worst of the poor. We blame them for not working, being lazy, having drug addictions, making poor choices, and not trying hard enough.

We often equate financial worth with personal value, and we place the poor in the lowest system of our preconceived (often subconscious) human caste systems. We treat them accordingly—bad, and are continually blaming, humiliating, and shaming them through our condescending criticism, “instruction,” and judgment.

We need to remember that being poor in and of itself isn’t a sin and doesn’t make a person less valuable in the eyes of God—if only Christians could realize this.

3)      Who Are We to Judge the Poor?

Americans are horrible savers. On average, we save less than 5% of all our earned income. Despite this, we routinely think of the poor as people who deserve their lowly status. “They squander their money away on drugs, alcohol, and bad habits!” is a common excuse for not giving anything directly to the poor.

The truth is, we probably aren’t that much better with our resources. While we complain about the habits of the homeless, we go to the movies, buy new clothes, watch Netflix, eat junk food, and squander our income.

The point is, it doesn’t matter how the poor became poor. God continually instructs His followers to be humble and nonjudgmental. So why do we keep condemning the poor, alienating them, creating laws to hurt them, persecuting them, and downright abandoning them?

4)      Love Trumps Efficiency

Which brings us to the next point: Even if the poor waste their resources, who cares? That doesn’t mean we should give up on them.

 

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