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Everyday it seems like there’s more breaking news stories about another shooting, another attack, another bombing, another hurricane, and it can really put life into perspective. After hearing about the tragic stories from the victims or their family members it makes you think, that could have been you. That could have been a family member or a loved one. A lot of the time people want to help, want to show their support and sympathy for these victims, but there lies the big question: how?Everyday it seems like there’s more breaking news stories about another shooting, another attack, another bombing, another hurricane, and it can really put life into perspective. After hearing about the tragic stories from the victims or their family members it makes you think, that could have been you. That could have been a family member or a loved one. A lot of the time people want to help, want to show their support and sympathy for these victims, but there lies the big question: how? There are so many ways to help people affected by disasters and tragedies but an easy resource to use is redcross.org. They give you many options, first and probably easiest, donating money. They tell you “Five Easy Ways To Give,” those being donating money online, monthly, by mail, by text, or by phone call. They allow you to donate as much as you are willing to give.  Mrs.Markt, journalism and English teacher at WVHS shares her opinion.“This is my personal favorite because the Red Cross is just always there. It is completely evident they are helping people.” You can donate to help the victims of the recent hurricanes, to disaster relief, to your local red cross, or they even give you the choice to send your money to “where it’s needed most.” Another incredible way to help victims of tragedies is by donating blood. According to Red Cross, someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds. Donating blood helps save millions in need in the United States, daily. Redcross.org also locate upcoming blood drives near you. Librarian at WVHS, Mrs. Turner spoke out on the importance of donating blood. “My mother passed away from Leukemia, which is a blood cancer, and she needed a lot of platelets so it’s important to me to continue donating blood in her honor.”  Along with local blood drives there are also many other ways to get involved in your own community. Senior, Zanny Palmeri shares how she likes to contribute. “Every summer I clean out my closet and bring all the clothes I don’t wear anymore to the clothing drop box in Pine Island.” Donating old clothes to one of the many clothing drop boxes around Warwick, or the Hope Chest, a thrift shop located in the old Pine Island Elementary School, is a great way to help out families in our town.  With all the domestic issues happening in our country, there are also many, just as heartbreaking, global tragedies happening as well. Children International is an amazing program that is making efforts in helping to end global poverty.  They are fighting poverty in 10 countries around the world including India, Mexico, and even the United States. Their website, children.org allows you to sponsor a child, which means sending them just $32 a month which will provide the child with life-changing benefits such as medical care, educational support, life skills and job placement after graduation. Another awesome feature about this program is that you can actually make a personal connection with the child you are sponsoring. You can watch how your donation each month impacts their life by letters, photographs, and yearly updates. You can even plan a trip to go and meet the child. This an amazing opportunity to make a real difference and change the course of a child’s life.  With the desire to make a positive impact and a little bit of research, it’s easy to find small ways to contribute to the causes that you care about the most. It’s not only the most gratifying feeling, but with all the negativity, terror, and hatred on this planet, it can be the small contribution to making this world a better place. As Gandhi once say, “Be the change you wish to see.”

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