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Old 01-12-2010, 06:48 PM
A Glass named Esther
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Bringing light into darkness: charity

Most people would agree that money can bring much evil (ie. selfishness) into this world.

But because money's potential for evil very great, money's potential for good is also very great. Every time you use your money for someone in need, you are bringing a great amount of light into this world.

A few practical suggestions:
  • Many grocery stores have donation bins for local food banks. When you buy groceries buy an extra item to donate.
  • Some retail stores have coin boxes for charity. Parting with some extra change can make a positive difference.
  • If a homeless person on the street asks for money and you feel uncomfortable how it might be spent, offer to buy some food for him/her from a nearby restaurant. This works best if you are in a urban centre and there are plenty of food vendors.
  • Give someone in a low paying job an extra large tip.
  • Find a charity that you want to support and make a commitment to yourself to make regular contributions.
  • Designate a container in your home as a charity bank. Every day drop a coin in the charity bank then donate it when its full. Even more important to do this with children who might be familiar with a "piggy bank".
  • If you feel some internal resistance giving money away because you would rather spend it on a luxury item this means you are bringing additional light into the world.
  • Give someone who you know is unemployed an interest free loan to help them get a job (e.g. to buy a suit for an interview)
  • Offer to have an unemployed friend stay in your house rent free (or very low rent) until he/she finds a job.
  • Make a "swear Jar" at home or work and give the money collected to a charity.
  • Participate in a local fundraiser or initiate a fundraiser with your friends and/or family.
  • Ask your workplace for a charity matching program.
Any more suggestions?
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Old 01-12-2010, 07:55 PM
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Originally Posted by A Glass named Esther
Most people would agree that money can bring much evil (ie. selfishness) into this world.

But because money's potential for evil very great, money's potential for good is also very great. Every time you use your money for someone in need, you are bringing a great amount of light into this world.

A few practical suggestions:
  • Many grocery stores have donation bins for local food banks. When you buy groceries buy an extra item to donate.
  • Some retail stores have coin boxes for charity. Parting with some extra change can make a positive difference.
  • If a homeless person on the street asks for money and you feel uncomfortable how it might be spent, offer to buy some food for him/her from a nearby restaurant. This works best if you are in a urban centre and there are plenty of food vendors.
  • Give someone in a low paying job an extra large tip.
  • Find a charity that you want to support and make a commitment to yourself to make regular contributions.
  • Designate a container in your home as a charity bank. Every day drop a coin in the charity bank then donate it when its full. Even more important to do this with children who might be familiar with a "piggy bank".
  • If you feel some internal resistance giving money away because you would rather spend it on a luxury item this means you are bringing additional light into the world.
  • Give someone who you know is unemployed an interest free loan to help them get a job (e.g. to buy a suit for an interview)
  • Offer to have an unemployed friend stay in your house rent free (or very low rent) until he/she finds a job.
  • Make a "swear Jar" at home or work and give the money collected to a charity.
  • Participate in a local fundraiser or initiate a fundraiser with your friends and/or family.
  • Ask your workplace for a charity matching program.
Any more suggestions?
Nice post Esther...I swore (LOL)..let me rephrase...I vowed on Yom Kippur I would not swear no mo'...and I'll admit I have been largely but not wholly successful Looks like I need to start a swear jar...including the online "cheats", LOL...where I sort of fudge it...

Also...since time is money...volunteering your time to worthwhile community causes is also a "grass-roots" way to bring some light into our respective corners of the world...

Cheers!
7L
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Old 02-12-2010, 11:32 AM
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Not only that, there is a psychological feel good effect from helping people.

Though to also add if someone becomes too generous which is out of balance, it creates a negative effect in their minds as well as how they are percieved by the people around them.
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Old 02-12-2010, 01:00 PM
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I guess donating toys is good at this time of year.
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Old 03-12-2010, 09:05 PM
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Just a suggestion.

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