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Malkin: Giving Thanks for America's Givers

By Michelle Malkin

Chandler Osborn, 14, watched Fox News coverage of Hurricane Sandy last week and decided to take action.

"Last weekend, me and my younger brother, Cooper, 7, did a fundraiser in Colorado Springs to help the people" affected by the storm, he told me. The siblings set up a table at the Colorado Springs Sugar Plum Festival, gave away patriotic car magnets and pins for any donations, and collected signatures on a giant banner of support for the victims. "We raised $612 in one weekend."

The Osborns joined countless Americans across the country who stepped up, in small and large ways, to help their fellow citizens in need. While this election season was a contentious battle between makers and takers, this Thanksgiving season is a time to honor the givers who keep the nation's private philanthropic spirit alive.

In times of crisis, it's individual citizens, churches, businesses and charitable organizations -- not federal government bureaucrats -- who mobilize first and fastest to provide aid and comfort. Tom Laureys noted in the Parsippany (New Jersey) Daily Record: "The first people to help Hurricane Sandy victims were the neighbors helping their neighbors for free. The Red Cross was the first organization to arrive to help. FEMA was the last. The FEMA workers stayed at the Soho Grand Hotel at $310 per night."

On Staten Island, a group of residents banded together, bought their own walkie-talkies, and provided the debris-clearing and water-pumping services that no one else was providing.

"We've done more for our community than FEMA, the Red Cross and the National Guard combined, directly hitting houses and people in need," Frank Recce, a 24-year-old longshoreman and Army Iraq War veteran who organized the "Brown Cross" group, told FoxNews.com.

Here in Colorado Springs, the raging Waldo Canyon wildfire brought volunteers of all political stripes together to support local first responders and help nearly 350 devastated families who lost their homes.

By the time President Obama arrived in Colorado nearly a full week after the fire ignited, churches, businessmen and civic groups had united to donate mountains of clothes, lend phones, shelter pets and open their homes to the displaced. The outpouring of compassion was so overwhelming that volunteers were turned away from shelters and centers.

The left-leaning Colorado Springs Independent, conservative Focus on the Family, Pikes Peak United Way, World Arena, the city's philharmonic and others raised more than a half-million dollars during a community benefit concert for the Waldo Canyon Victim Assistance Fund.

One organization, Care and Share, collected nearly 73,000 pounds of food and water for the brave firefighters who battled the blaze. On top of that, Care and Share volunteers distributed more than 440,000 pounds of food and water to affected residents. An amazing surplus remains: The group has 332,593 pounds of food and $379,032 in donations remaining to distribute for the holidays.

According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, America's top 50 donors gave a total of $10.4 billion in 2011. But it's the small, unsung acts of everyday giving and doing -- like the Osborn brothers' $612 or the Staten Island citizen brigade's do-it-yourself volunteerism -- that add up. In sum, Americans contributed $136 billion to charitable causes. The median discretionary income of the American giver? $54,783.

God bless America, the Charitable.

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Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies" (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is malkinblog@gmail.com.

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  1. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    November 21, 2012 @ 8:11 am

    The issue at hand is which is more noble, the gift of individual sacrifice which enlightens each soul of a nation which in turn enlightens the cumulative soul of a nation, or the forced contributions of a COLLECTIVE tax authority that feeds the body while doing nothing to edify the individual or cumulative soul. Christianity teaches that individual souls are won over one soul at a time, and speaks vociferously of an individual relationship with the creator which edifies both and inspires each to reflect he who created by becoming a creator and contributing to the building of a nation. This was our national inspirational paradigm from the time our Christian forefathers hit the shores up to the time of the advent of the Socialist FDR New Deal followed by the LBJ Great Society which began the rise of the edification of men over deity. From that time on people abandoned the job of personal responsibility for their own soul and preferred to defer the job of individual responsibility for the betterment of mankind to the government collective, and in so doing abdicated the job of soul building from personal self to impersonal government. We traded the concept of aspiring to emulate the perfect, the omnipotent, the omniscient and infallible for the edification of the fallible, the weak and the failed poor in spirit and in so doing collectively became the very thing we traded our concepts for. We took our eye off the prize and settled for the booby price in a Cracker Jacked up boxed in government collective of fools. Compare this to the secular socialist collective taxation and redistribution of America’s wealth inspired to edify only the fallible men who would become the deciders and determinators of who is worthy to receive. Nobody can now doubt that it is the individual soul which is the foundation of our national strength and no matter how well we feed the individual body for the edification of the collective, the collective superstructure that resides above the weak foundation of soul damaged but well fed individual souls will eventually lead to the collapse when mortal men defer their own obligation to build their own souls and leave to others the real job of charity that should come from the heart, not from the obligation induced by a guilt manipulating media which serves power hungry and greedy politicians who lead us down the collective road to failure.

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    • Rich MoneyComment by Rich Money
      November 21, 2012 @ 10:07 am

      This is without doubt one of the best, well-thought and well-written posts I have ever read on this site. It truly sums up the difference between belief in a divine, benevolent Creator that cares deeply for His creation and the secular humanism that seeks to edify man and his wisdom above all. The problem with edifying fallen man instead of the infallible Creator God is that when you edify imperfection, you simply get more and more imperfection. The Spirit of God encourages generosity. The spirit of humanism must compel it, and that is the biggest difference in the two.

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    • mysticComment by mystic
      November 21, 2012 @ 11:00 am

      I’ll second that Rich Money: truly should be printed out and handed out at every major public event. Well Done Inluminatuo!

      Private is always going to outperform, out give and out compassion for their fellow man than ANY governmental entity/group.

      ~M

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    • calizuz1Comment by calizuz1
      November 21, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

      Excellent post. Let’s hope that the ‘Collective’ looses in the end.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      November 21, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

      The question each of us has to answer is this;

      Secular Persuasion = We are not spiritual beings having as earthly experience. We are earthly being having a spiritual experience.

      Christian Persuasion = “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having an earthly experience.”

      The Christain life, if not the Christian argument proves to be the better Disk operating system for the human hard drive based on actual live creating results, not failed destructive social experiments to the contrary.

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  2. lynninvaComment by lynninva
    November 21, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    Well written, sir (I assume sir?) It is that collective road that strips us of the freedom to do the right thing and be charitable to those in need. We are forced to give to those who don’t deserve, which does nothing to feed our souls.

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  3. giant33Comment by giant33
    November 21, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    I give to my church and directly to those in need when I can. How can you give to these so called charitable organizations with their CEO”s getting paid 500 grand a year.

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    • nickster99Comment by nickster99
      November 21, 2012 @ 11:07 am

      I give to the Salvation Army, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and to my Catholic Parish and that is all. It’s all I can afford to do. When I retire in a few years I plan on volunteering at places that need someone’s help. There are many places that need volunteers.

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  4. rosecoatsComment by rosecoats
    November 21, 2012 @ 10:33 am

    CEO of the Red Cross makes over a million per year with her benefits. The CEO of the United Way is not far off and also gets…a Rolls Royce.

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    • nickster99Comment by nickster99
      November 21, 2012 @ 11:13 am

      If the Red Cross ever helps you out in a disaster or an emergency of some sort. I was told they will send you a bill for the services. I am not sure how true this is but I heard it more than once. That takes a lot of cahonies!

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  5. Ollie_FanComment by Ollie_Fan
    November 21, 2012 @ 11:11 am

    On the brightside, this may lead to LESS liberals in a generation or two. I mean, they are going to do it anyway…

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  6. moonshineComment by moonshine
    November 21, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    This is the essence of the problem. Don’t expect liberals and takers to change. They won’t without a good reason.
    As long as we continue to fund this Socialist monster with taxpayer dollars, it will consume and re-distribution as much as we provide, in order to buy votes and remain in power.
    We all need to go “John Galt”, and let this Socialist House of Cards collapse. Compromise will not resolve our problems, and got us where we are today. Only post collapse will we be able to pick up the pieces and start again, using the original version of The Constitution as the basis for our Government.

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  7. moonshineComment by moonshine
    November 21, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

    Don’t give to the Catholic Church! Their failing to stand up to the Democrats and condemn them for supporting same sex marriage, abortion, birth control, etc. under the veil of Social Justice (aka Socialism), was the reason Obama was re-elected.
    Cardinal Timothy Dolan had the opportunity to do so, but acted cowardly and capitulated to the Democrats. He should have been a Christian leader supporting Catholic doctrine, instead he must be ashamed of himself for his lack of courage.
    Since the Catholic Church seems to prefer Socialism, I trust they will likewise become more dependent on government funding as well. This is true Socialism, where the State controls the Church.

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  8. calizuz1Comment by calizuz1
    November 21, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

    Michelle Malkin is awesome in her word association pertaining to the Left’s agenda. Such hypocrites are they that deceitfully steal from the coffers of the down trodden. First it was the middle class, next the self made wealthy and businesses. Who will be left but the rich selfish bureaucrats in DC. Why doesn’t Obama give half of his income to the desperate that he speaks of helping and never does. He’s out flying around on our last dollar again. Then again what about the House. These people on top are selling us out, make way too much money and represent us poorly. Thank God for the citizens of this country. They still hold the heart of generosity and kindness.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      November 21, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

      Obama states that we are our Brother’s keeper,,,then lets his own half Brother live in a 5×10 ft shack in Kenya. Just more propaganda and pretend Christianity on the part of the half Muslim.

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  9. mrwilsonComment by mrwilson
    November 21, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

    Malkin, It is past time for you to wake-up. These non-profit charities, the 501(C)3′s are helping to put us deeper into the poor house. It would be different if the money donated to them was not a tax deduction. Today, people are measured in terms of the sums of money they give to charity, regardless of the fact that by so doing one can reduce their tax-liabilty. I know of several who direct their accountants/tax-lawyers to factor their taxes backwards; as in, “how much more do I need to give to a registered non-profit, to get me down to the 25% bracket”? Would people still give or give as much if it was not tax deductable? Recent studies have shown that there would be as much as a 50% reduction in total giving. I really admire the few groups in our country who refuse to play that 501 non-profit game and appreciate and work within the limitations of the gifts that are given from the heart and not because it is a write-off. Many would be sucking up millions if they only registered as a non-profit. However, the few understand that that money is really coming from the people in the form of greater national debt. “What a good man he is, nearly a saint, look at the money he gave to charity….” well look again and check the write-off he took for giving. Michael, I am a little surprised at you; I thought you were a “smart cookie.” One group that I strongly believe in giving to is Focus Adolescent Services, Focusas.com. For decades they have worked to save American children without the non-profit status. My guess is that people give them a few bucks because they believe in the good work they do and not because of the tax benefits, as there are non. Imagine that!
    Check them out young lady; American children too. There are a few more that I have followed over the decades if you would like my list; my list of those who do the most with the least.

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  10. jagansComment by jagans
    November 21, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

    The narrative by inluminatuo is superb.

    All would be well if man was a naturally giving and generous soul. It would also be nice if the protestant ethic were alive and well in the good ole USA. Unfortunately, on the lower end we have those that are those that think that they are owed something just by virtue of being here. They have lived on welfare, medical assistance and food stamps their entire lives so that it has become the norm to do so. They are no longer thankful, they are expectant.

    On the other end of the spectrum you have the rich Capitalists, and as Hoover said, “The only problem with capitalism is capitalists” They simply cannot get enough money, power, or both.

    Both are sicknesses.

    For the record, FDR was not for giveaways, he was for a decent wage for a good days work, and he and his remarkable cabinet kept this country from total collapse by upgrading our infrastructure. It is indeed time for a renovation of same. If you are an able bodied young man, it would be “No work, No eat” if I was in charge.

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  11. twspears144Comment by twspears144
    November 21, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

    There is no doubt that the American people are the most generous people in the world. When tragedy happens like Hurricane Sandy and Katrina. Wether it be a group of children
    on a corner raising money for the needs of the tragedys or the Mormon Church with its vast supply of care goods all of America comes to the call of those in need. They seek not recognition they only do what a human heart does when tragedy strikes their fellow man charity well beyond the imagination of the common man. When is the World going to stop spending money on weapons of death. The needs of the world are not for killing for religion or more land confiscation. The needs are for food, medicine,shelter and brotherly love. Thank you America for what you stand for. Trenton

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    • mrwilsonComment by mrwilson
      November 22, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

      What are you some kinda old hippie with this peace and love stuff? We have been wondering “where have all the hippies gone,” with war after war looking them right in the face. Are they still out-there and the “Media” is not reporting? Where are the “Peace” churches, the Quakers..not a peep have I heard.
      I was kidding about the “peace and love.” Ike warned us about the “military industrial complex.” Follow them and the vast fortunes they have made over the past hundred years; they are still in business.
      Americans are, as you state, known world-wide as the most compassionate and giving people in the world. Then on the flip side we send our fine men in battle and do not meet their needs when they return home. This “Wounded Warriors” is a good thing, I think. However, what kind of a statement does it make about us as a country. We send our troops into war but cannot care for them when they are injured? Sad…
      When Libya announced to the entire world that they had found new oil fields, estimated to be the largest ever find in the history of the world; one month later they found that, after all the years of tolerating this evil tyrant, a killer of Americans, NATO ships were off their shores and planes were bombing the **** out of them. I think of what is refered to as “collateral damage;” innocent little children being blown to pieces. Libya is oil rich and NATO did not hesitate, just as they decided to bomb the **** out of one of our greatest alllies; Serbia. For 71 days bombs fell. I learned that the former Yugoslavia, (who saved the lives of countless numbers of our fly boys and infantry) held the richest mind in all of Europe, the “Trepca” mind.
      Why the hesitation with Syria? No oil, no minerals, a mere geographic location.
      Peace and Love, I am tired of seeing our men being blown to smithereens.

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    • mrwilsonComment by mrwilson
      November 22, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

      I forgot to mention the title of my new book, to be released next year is: ” World Peace Or A Piece Of the World”.

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