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On World Day of the Poor, let these men and women inspire you


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Cerith Gardiner - published on 11/14/21

If you're not sure how to help, these "ordinary" people can provide you with some great ideas.

Today is the World Day of the Poor, an initiative first started by Pope Francis in 2017, who reminded us: “Let us love, not with words but with deeds.”

Fortunately, there are many people who put their words into action in their everyday lives. Here are just a very few of our favorite stories that demonstrate how a little love, faith and compassion can go a very long way way.

Never too old to lend a helping hand

This elderly gentleman changed careers very late in life so he could lend his talents and time to serving others in need.

Meet Rome’s 90-year-old “chef of the poor”

Thinking of others until the end

In his dying months, this adolescent selflessly gave his time to working in soup kitchens. While he was there he not only helped feed the hungry with food, he also nourished their souls by spreading the Word of God.

Teenage boy devotes last months of his life to the poor

Celebrities getting involved

Far from the bright lights of Hollywood, some celebrities use their status to help others. Actor Chris Pratt used his social media presence to encourage others to feed the poor.

Chris Pratt invites you to help him feed America’s poor

Religious using their time, skills, and faith

These sisters went out of there way — quite literally — to give medical aid to the poor. While they administered much-needed medical relief, they also provided a little balm for the soul.

Religious sisters bring mobile medical and spiritual care to those in need

A perfect example of paying forward

This young man shows how one good deed can lead to a multitude of others. A lovely story to share with your kids!

After receiving scholarship, teen donates savings to help other students

And here’s how you can help …

Have you tried these small gestures to help the homeless?

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