With Christmas time comes the more visibly felt spirit of giving. More people are feeling generous and more charities come forward to ask for your assistance, making the most of this time of year. Question is, how do you know that the money that you give actually gets to the people who need them?
One of the best ways to make sure that it goes to those you truly feel are in need is to give to a local charity that you like. You really don’t have to go very far. Your church or local clubs may already have something. Choose one that sponsors a cause that you agree with and find out if can visit some of the recipients or inspect some of the sites (in cases where construction of any sort is involved). If they accept donations for distribution, they may also need volunteers to help pack these gifts up in boxes. You’ll be able to see for yourself the work that the organization actually does this way. You might even be able to go along as they deliver some of the boxes.
If your community has a Christmas gathering, get involved. There are many organizations that set up community christmas celebrations where the low income families can gather for a christmas meal and the kids can receive toys. It can be a lot of fun as well as be very fulfilling.
Originally posted on December 18, 2006 @ 5:24 pm