Thursday, November 23, 2006

The Season of Taking

Americans are the most generous people in the world. We gave to those on the other side of the world left injured, homeless and hungry by the Sumatra earthquake and tsunami. We gave to those who lost their homes to winds and water of Katrina. We give to countless thousands of charities and even more individuals. The bakery where I often stop on the way to work just baked and donated 1,260 fresh pies for Thanksgiving baskets for the needy in our community.

Americans are grateful for all of our blessings and are always willing to open our hearts and wallets to anyone in genuine need.

Alas, there are those who take advantage of Americans' big hearts and extraordinary generosity. Illegal aliens can ship $100+ billions out of our country each year largely because they take advantage of every opportunity to take Americans' largesse.

The food pantry near me has fights nearly daily as Hispanics raid the day-old baked goods donated by a famous name. Follow them to the tiendas and watch them put these items on their shelves for sale. Some sell directly from the cart they use to take their haul just two or three blocks from the food bank.

Toys for Tots and similar toy donation programs have an ever-growing list of people who claim to "need" toys for their children for Christmas. Yet some of these have as many as half of these toys go not to impoverished parents, but to resellers. "Hot" toys of the season will be sold for hundreds of dollars over their retail price and the proceeds pocketed by people who have no children at all!

Before you open your heart and wallet, investigate carefully. Who really gets the benefit of your generosity? An illegal alien who send his money offshore, then pleads poverty? A greedy seller eager for the infinite profits of selling freebie goods? Is your local Salvation Army or other charity directing its "mission" to "immigrants" (often a misnomer - they are dedicated to helping illegal aliens, not genuine immigrants)? Does the food bank verify SSNs of recipients to insure the food goes to the genuinely needy citizen-residents of the community?

Before you give, beware those who only take. Don't be taken for a sucker.

Happy Thanksgiving! And I pray you will not be among the needy citizens who will not get help because it went to greedy, grasping illegal aliens.

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