How to Practice Charity 

We have talked before that how you spend your money leaves a trial of what is most important to you in life. Do you spend your money on sports, or the grandkids? Does your money plow back into your business or to pay off debt? At this time of year, it’s easy to think of others.Why practice charity? – Because others are in need. Because you’ve suffered in your life and understand their difficulty. Because you have money – or time, or other resources- that you can share and there are folks – who work hard, who have fallen on tough times in a difficult economy- who need what you can give. In some cases folks need life’s essentials.How to choose – If you are considering making a charity or two part of your regular giving there are details you will want to investigate. Such as how much is used in administrative costs for the charity? Do they have 501©3 status so that your contribution is a benefit to you financially, should that be a motivation? Is this charity fulfilling part of your personal vision, such as caring for kids or animals? Providing shelter for families are caring for veterans?You can also give informally. You can give wood to a single mom. You can give help to the elderly. You can pay for oil for a neighbor. You can donate time at a food pantry.How much? – How much time or money to give? My personal view is that we are on this earth to serve and not to be served, so we give generously of our time, talents and money. How many lives do you want to touch? What depth of difference do you want to make in the world? I didn’t even mention what’s in it for you when you live a charitable life. Giving changes you. Makes your heart even bigger, like the Grinch. It makes you more sensitive to the needs of others. Giving makes Christmas morning more than a 5-minute event. It warms your heart forever. Kind of makes you want to give more.Citation:Marion Syversen, [email protected] Check out our website that includes weekly streaming The information transmitted is intended only for the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain confidential and/or privileged material. Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of, or taking of any action in reliance upon, this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited. If you received this in error, please contact the sender and delete the material from any computer. Email management, archiving & monitoring technology powered by Smarsh, Inc. Disclosure:Only securities and advisory services offered through Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. and Norumbega Financial are separate entities, independently owned and operated. (CR8724)