When I was a young boy, I remember my father placing some money in a donation bin during an organization’s fundraising drive. At the time, I didn’t understand why he would do that. We were not rich by any means, and I personally would have preferred my dad to give me that money so I could put it in my pocket!
I remember asking him, “Why did you give them money?” His answer was simple. “They do good work.”
There are many wonderful organizations in our community who do good work, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, medical clinics, youth programs, services for seniors, churches, disaster relief, etc. There are many to pick from. I think it’s safe to say we all have benefited in some way from some group whose main purpose was to do some type of good work.
But this work does not just happen by itself. It takes dedicated volunteers. It takes resources. And it takes money. For many nonprofit organizations, the majority of their charitable contributions are received this time of year. Where does that money come from?
Yes, there are some individuals and business that are able to make large donations. And that is wonderful! But equally important, there are other many other people who make donations of all sizes. You may think to yourself that your contribution would not make a difference, but I assure you that all gifts, regardless of the amount, are very much important. Your contribution to a worthy cause will be used to make a difference and help make your community a better place.
This holiday season, do something for someone less fortunate. Donate to a deserving charity. Buy gifts for an Angel Tree project. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Do whatever you can.
And if someone asks you why you would do that, your answer is simple. “They do good work.”
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