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There are 3 comments on POV: Equal Servings of Common Sense and Generosity

  1. There are also many student organizations such as Alpha Phi Omega that go one step further and actually help cook and serve a Thanks Giving meal to those less fortunate than they. Sundays Bread for example puts on quite a feast for the homeless here in Boston and APO members have been known to help prepare and serve dinner through this wonderful organization over the years. Not only will you lose weight running around serving food to others but you will lift someone else’s spirit and your own in the process by doing a good dead this Thanks Giving.

  2. This seemed like such a good idea I went online and donated, and found out how easy it was to donate the same amount every month. I plan to spread the word to my friends. Hope you’ll do the same! Thanks BU Today for this great call to action.

  3. The whole article is based on counter-factual rationale, which I fully endorse. However, if donating food for the less fortunate in a counter-factual method is the object, then the idea of donating to a food bank that then donates to the BMC sounds nothing short of extremely inefficient.
    1 pound of hungry rice destined for the horn or sub-saharan Africa is much cheaper than any pound of anything in Boston and will go much further in helping the less fortunate – and many more of them.
    So why do we donate to the GBFB when the same money can go so much further elsewhere? Well, because it’s close, we see the results first hand and it is more tangibly gratifying – even though it does much less good.
    Well, these reasons/excuses are not unlike the same ones one could use to justify the most glutinous of Thanksgiving meals.

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