Every charity shills for dough, soliciting for help, arms fully outstretched, for the poor, troubled, and downtrodden. Simply give, keep receipts, claim those tax deductions – you know the drill. But how do commas, zeros and tax deductibility determine charity’s value?
Isn’t the better dimension to measure the effectiveness a gift’s impact has on its recipient?
We rightfully take comfort and pride in contributions – large or small, they count them all.
And they all count.
Do you feel better yet?
Then give more.
Still don’t feel good enough?
Will giving more, and sometimes giving until it hurts, actually deliver the best results?
The tiniest gifts might be the most significant in value to someone.
Yes, while we are generous donors, you could argue that nothing matters, but life experiences also teach us that small gestures can sometimes mean the world.
Answer this: who gave you the most meaningful gifts along your way?
What were those gifts?
Someone gave us life.
Someone gave us inspiration.
Someone gave us advice by words – and by example.
Those gifts cost nothing to give, and they meant everything to the recipient.
This holiday season, gift money and precious gifts if you can – generously to those most in need, but also recognize that the unmet need most people have can best be met with a word, a touch, and spending quality time.
Those are the most affordable investments to make.
They cost nothing.
They mean everything.
Don’t give till it hurts; give till it helps …
P.S.: blood donors give life – so do those who smile, call, or lend a hand