Column: There are more needs than we can address

Dec. 15, 2013 @ 06:15 AM

The world of worthy endeavors is wider than the pages of this newspaper.

When the News-Topic ran a story on Tuesday listing what the story referred to as “a few” of the nonprofits serving Caldwell County, that’s just what it was, “a few” and “a place to start.”

We could not begin to list all of the charitable organizations serving the county. I have seen a list of all the organizations in this county that run food pantries, and that by itself filled the entire sheet of paper.

If you are a member of a church and you believe it does good work, you should support it. And there are many more faith-based organizations always in need of support. Some aim to fill basic needs, such as collecting food, blankets and coats; some support social causes, such as counseling young pregnant women against getting abortions.

There are groups that rescue abused and neglected animals.

Groups that provide mentors to children who lack role models.

Groups that provide scholarships for students who need help completing their education.

Groups that help people coping with disabilities.

Groups that carry meals to senior citizens who may not be able to leave their homes.

Every school has a PTA.

There are support groups for people who have diseases, and support groups for the people who care for them.

There are many groups based outside Caldwell County that reach into our community at times. I had known of Samaritan’s Purse as a group that performed its work overseas — and then after storms devastated the Collettsville area this summer, teams of volunteers from Samaritan’s Purse came to Caldwell County.

We could fill the entire newspaper trying to list them all, and if you started at the top and gave $1 to each of them, you would run out of money before you finished.

Let your heart guide your giving. Choose a cause that speaks to you. If you don’t know of a group that addresses that cause, there’s a tool to help you find one: Google it. The Internet has unlimited pages.