The saying “Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime” is an old proverb that has been around a long, long time. The concept behind it is, of course, that you can’t end poverty by giving or loaning someone money. You end poverty by teaching a man or woman a trade, or by helping him/her get a job so that he/she may earn an honest livelihood and not be forced to hold out a hand for charity. This is a wise and a valid theory, but reality sometimes demands that we give a hand up as well. Things happen that are out of our control, and in an instant, circumstances can change. Even folks who have jobs find themselves in need of help sometimes. Think of everyone who lost homes from Hurricanes Florence and Michael.