Should You Donate Money This Christmas?
Christmas is often referred to as the season of giving, and while that “giving” may typically mean your family and close friends, it’s also good to think about how you’re giving to those much less fortunate.
In today’s poor economy, those in need have reached record numbers, and no doubt they appreciate anything that anyone can give them throughout the year. If you’re thinking of making a donation of some sort rather than handing out Christmas presents this year, how do you do that? Is it even a good thing to do in the first place?
Remember that very often children look forward to presents during the Christmas season and younger children especially may not understand the need for charity; this doesn’t mean you should just give them anything and everything they want, but it does mean to consider how you can balance giving them a small gift so you still have funds left over for a donation. You can take older children to nearby shelters and soup kitchens so they appreciate why you want to donate to these places rather than buy them another toy they’ll soon grow bored with anyway.
For adults, you can typically send them a card and a note that a donation has been made in their name to a certain charity. It may be good to think of one that they may appreciate; avoid giving to churches and religious organizations, political causes and candidates, and other such organizations in their name unless you’re certain they support these. This will help ensure your donation is appreciated; you can also even give them a small token gift in order to keep with the spirit of the season.