Ask the Readers: How Do You Give? (Chance to win $20!)
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- Comment #7: I give in a variety of - Submitted by gt0163c on January 26, 2010 - 13:43. I give in a variety of ways.
I haven't been personally affected by the economic downturn so I decided to up my financial giving to a few missionaries recently. These are people who are personal friends and who I can speak to openly about finances and, in many cases, they are hurting because donations are down across the board.
I've also done some "cookie packages" for the college ministers. I get together with a few friends and we bake up a bunch of homemade cookies, package them in individual ziploc bags and send them off to the college pastors and interns to give to their students. The responses that I've gotten back have been wonderful. The students love the cookies and the pastors get to say that there are these people who love and are praying for you who don't even know you. The time and monetary committment is small and who doesn't like cookies?
I also give with my time. I do a lot of volunteer stuff with my church, sometimes in places where others are more hesitant to serve (with the high school youth especially. I love them. Most other people love that there's someone else who loves them in this way).
Will you give more this year? Or are you just in "survival mode?"
Many people are making resolutions to give back to their communities and charitable organizations that have impacted their lives. Others are responding to the calls for aid in Haiti and are finding just a little more in their budget to help the cause. All of this is happening in spite of a down economy, job loss, and tightening budgets. How are we doing it? And are there tips to help others so that they have more to give?
We'd love to hear your tips for giving. It can be ways that you stretch the budget so that you have room for donations, how you stockpile freebies to give to the less fortunate, or how you are giving more of your time and talents during your own time of economic trouble. Maybe you're not even thinking of giving right now — and that's OK, too! We'd love to hear your 2-cents! (We encourage you to link to your own blog posts if you've covered a similar topic on your own site.)
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