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The Importance of Charity

April - 5 - 2013

   Although human society has evolved to a point when life should be happy and healthy for most people, the fact that a large part of our brothers and sisters are still starving is a sign that there is still a lot of work to do and a lot of improvements to be made. Everyone is in a constant race and competition for the best job, the most comfortable house, or the most comprehensive medical plan. Yet we forget that in some parts of the world all these preoccupations are a luxury, or just a dream. While the fact that some countries are richer precisely because others must be poorer isn’t our main concern, it is something we need to be aware of and thus realize the importance of charity.

What Charities are Out There?

We’ve all heard of the major charity organizations and relief aids that exist and activate in the poorest parts of the world. There are also those organizations that deal with issues within their country or community, supporting not only people without means, but the disabled, the veterans or the orphans as well. Charities such as those led by people like Lois Pope – who founded three charity foundations that you can find out about on the Lois Pope Blog , are very useful, very helpful and much needed.

Give What You Can

With all the charities that exist, it is still known that people with modest means are usually more charitable and giving. Don’t hesitate to do your part just because you think the modest sum you offer won’t do much good; nothing could be further from the truth. If we would all give a little, even one dollar, many things could be accomplished, or we would at least ensure food for less fortunate people. You can give to charity even if you can’t donate any money. In order to do that, you can either volunteer, or look for sponsors to accomplish something or bring awareness about some issue and donate the money you gather to a charity of your choice.

Know Your Charity

Even if you won’t donate large sums of money, it is important to know where your money is going. Do some research about the organization you are interested in, and read the Donor Bill of Rights to know what your rights are. You can also ask the organization for their annual report, as they are obligated to disclose such information to you. Follow these steps and be a generous person in your daily life as well, because charity isn’t just for people in faraway countries we never see.

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