People in need blessed by other people
What we do
Blessing Others is a community outreach posting board, created to help connect people in times of Crisis. Crisis can involve intense personal difficulty, trouble, or danger. Most folks who post have exhausted all existing public and family resources and are still struggling to have their basic needs met.POST A CRITICAL NEED
How it works
- Posts are reviewed within 24 hours for appropriate content
- Approved posts are published for 10 days for others to see
- One post per user at a time is allowed
- People who want to help can respond directly to the post by clicking it and replying
For best results
It is advised that the user briefly describe your need and the circumstances surrounding the cause of the crisis. It is important to also describe the ways in which help has already been pursued. This helps people inclined to help you to better understand the extent of the efforts you have already made. The site is not intended for posting non-essential needs, or for obtaining sustained, ongoing, financial support.POST A CRITICAL NEED
Your participation and generous servant heart is so appreciated!
“Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.”
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- credit card data, which is transmitted to payment processors via a security protocol (e.g. SSL).
- data you submit or provide (e.g. name, address, email, phone, fax, photos, tax ID).
- web log data (e.g. web pages viewed, access times, IP address, HTTP headers).
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- data from 3rd parties (e.g. phone type, geo-location via IP address).
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- to respond to subpoenas, search warrants, court orders, or other legal process.
- to protect our rights, property, or safety, or that of users of BO or the general public.
- with your consent (e.g. if you authorize us to share data with other users).
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- in aggregate/summary form, where it cannot reasonably be used to identify you.
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