Donate to a local charity. What a wonderful way to help out during the Christmas season. Our local Disabled American Veteran thrift store has a shopping cart beside the front door. It’s convenient to drop off a donation, and I try to give at Christmas time especially because so many folks do their Christmas shopping there. Having choices is always a good thing – right?
Everyone has a particular charity they give to. We have several local charities but there are also the more well-known ones such as The JDRF and The American Cancer Society. There are so many needs, aren’t there? Needs for research and unfortunately that takes a lot of money. I can’t give to all of them, but just like everyone else, I do what I can afford to do.
Sometimes it can seem overwhelming. It seems like every time you turn the TV on, you see an advertisement for a new charity. I think we just have to pray and ask God to show us what to do. Once in a while there are opportunities to volunteer with organizations. Giving to charitable organizations does not always hit your pocketbook. Sometimes it takes a little of your precious time. I can’t speak for everyone, but often I have more time than money.
Have you ever wondered what would have happened if Mary would have said NO – ??? I can’t imagine a humble servant of God doing that, but what if she would have? Her obedience, considering her young age, tells me that she was well grounded in her faith. When it comes to decision-making in our own lives, we’d be wise to learn to ponder things over more than we do. Who to help and where to give – these are important decisions because not every charity is using your dollars the way you would want them to. Get to know the charity you want to help before you give.
You may need a little nudge to donate your time to sing… but it makes others smile. This is what I’m talkin’ about…
Helping others is one of the greatest blessings God gives us. When you give of yourself, whether it’s time, talent or treasure, you feel as though you are making another person’s life better. In turn, your life gets better. Don’t you love how God’s plan works in each of us? Some need help – others need to help. All needs are met. 🙂