Five Ways to Keep Your Resolution to Be More Charitable
You made a resolution to be more charitable, and here is how to stick to it.
Poverty, hunger, layoffs, disease and tragedy are all far too prevalent in today’s society, and the desire to help can often seem overwhelming. Despite the struggle, it is heartwarming to know that people care and want help where they can. While the best of intentions may fuel a resolution to be more charitable, it can be difficult to execute that plan.
Dorothy Consiglio, member of the Adult Education and Spiritual Development Team at Saint Michael Parish, and dedicated supporter of Lazarus Ministries, offers these tips to make "being more charitable" a resolution that you will make happen in 2011.
1. Identify and research the scope and extent of a charity that has a place in your heart.
2. If possible, visit the charitable sight, either personally or online, to secure your commitment to that charity.
3. Be aware that monetary donations, in any amount, are always most welcome. Don’t hesitate if your donation is small.
4. Free the power of the mind to creatively conjure up ways in which you can extend your charitable giving. Namely, in lieu of presents and cards, send a donation to a charitable organization, celebrate a birthday by asking guests to bring non-perishable food donations or sponsor a baby shower among your friends wherein guests can contribute diapers, onesies or other baby products to a facility that takes in children in need of these items.
5. Offer not only dollars, but time by participating in the various activities of the charitable institution, which may include drives for clothing, furniture and food or walks for a cause. Finally, clean out your closets and present your gatherings, whether for children or adults, to local facilities wherein needy people will make use of what you bring.
"You can make it happen," Consiglio said.