Give...especially if you're in a position to do so.
I received an email about a former colleague we used to work with, and it brought tears to my eyes when I learned that her and her daughter are so close to being homeless. It shocked me. She was making more than double what I was in salary....How could she be in this situation?!? But time and time again, I am confronted with stories like this and I do believe that it can happen to any of us.
Whatever the cause may be (illness, unemployment, etc.), people we know sometimes go through difficult times. Give...especially if you're in a position to do so. Donate money, spend time together, bring over fresh groceries, share tickets to a special event, call to ask "How's it going?"--- a little gesture can go a long way.
You can read my former colleague's touching letter on the following link, and if you are so compelled, as I was, support her as she gets back on her feet: http://www.fundme.com/en/projects/6463-Find-it-in-Your-Heart-to-Help--Ask-Yourself---What-if-this-was-me-or-my-kin