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Supporting Charities and Saving Lives: Making Sure Your Efforts Count

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Let's brighten lives as this cheery-looking amaryllis flower does!

Let's brighten lives as this cheery-looking amaryllis flower does!

Brotherly Love

At an early stage of human development, most children are very self-centered. Fortunately, and with the gentile guidance of loving adults in their lives, most children get beyond this stage and readily start sharing their things with others.

It starts with simple things. Perhaps the sharing of food at the breakfast or dinner table with their siblings is a start. As children get older, they might take it upon themselves to rake some leaves for an elderly neighbor lady as an example.

Charity is akin to love, and brotherly love towards others, whether it be in one's own family, the neighbors, or a cause held near and dear is all-important.

Supporting charities and saving lives is a worthy undertaking and many people do it as a matter of course. Those early lessons of sharing and caring are absorbed first at home and then gradually taught by others as children become exposed to more of the world.

I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore,that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again.

— Etienne de Grellet (1773 - 1855)

The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule would have us treating others as we would like to be treated.

Practically all of the world's major religions teach the importance of giving to charity and following the Golden Rule. While the wording may be slightly different in each case, it pretty much boils down to the meaning of sharing and caring about our fellow man and all of God's creatures and giving of ourselves towards that effort.

A man's true wealth is the good he does in this world.

— Muhammad

Hungry people would be so happy to have a bowl of apples available to eat.  If you have apple trees, why not donate some of the harvests to a local food pantry?

Hungry people would be so happy to have a bowl of apples available to eat. If you have apple trees, why not donate some of the harvests to a local food pantry?

Lending a Helping Hand

Whether one has a large bank account and can write out checks to the numerous charities that serve good causes, it is nice to know that there are many other ways to help.

Most charities exist because of volunteers that work with them, giving of their time and effort. Without volunteers, most would have to close their doors because there would be no way to pay for all of that effort.

For over a decade, I worked as a volunteer counselor at an assistance ministry here in Houston. My mother and niece both volunteered and worked in the food pantry. Upon proof of a documented crisis, we could assist people in many different ways. Some of them included the following:

  • Help towards paying rents
  • Help in paying utilities
  • Furnishing clothing and other supplies out of our thrift shop
  • Help with furnishing food
  • Assistance in paying other bills such as the cost of prescriptions

We had other programs where volunteers worked on house repairs of people. Some delivered bags of food once a month to older persons who could not drive and get to the ministry. Holiday meals, as well as school supplies, were furnished to those needing help. We helped in these and other ways. Little of it would have been possible without the hundreds of volunteer hours accomplishing those things.

Not everyone in this world of ours is fortunate enough to have stocked food pantries.  Sometimes they do not even know when they may be able to eat their next meal.

Not everyone in this world of ours is fortunate enough to have stocked food pantries. Sometimes they do not even know when they may be able to eat their next meal.

It is one of the beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Charitable Contributions

Many people think only of money or the volunteering of time when it comes to charitable contributions. But most charities count on other items as well. Donations of clothing, household items, and goods and services are vital to keeping their doors open and operating to the best effect.

Were it not for people donating their outgrown or no longer worn clothes, we could not have given out clothing to those who needed it at the assistance ministry.

Items like pots, pans, and even furniture items are available to give to people. Some people surviving a tragedy, such as a fire or a flood, could not be aided if others had not donated their items.

Sadly many people discard usable belongings at the curb on garbage pickup days. Many charities are happy to receive them. In addition to redirecting them towards people who need such items, other items are for sale in the thrift shops. Those proceeds help to raise money so that rents and prescriptions can be paid, as an example. So before tossing out that usable basket or article of clothing or glass vase that you got with your last bouquet and that you no longer want or need, please consider giving it to a charity!

Whatever a man has in superabundance is owed, of natural right, to the poor for their sustenance.

— St Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica

Types of Charities

There are many notable charities. International charities include well-known ones such as the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, both of which reach across all borders helping people through disasters and all types of need.

There are animal charities (near and dear to my heart!) as well as people charities, children's charities, environmental protection charities, medical research charities, charities that support the arts, and others too numerous to mention.

Painted on a wall inside of the Citizens for Animal Protection charity in Houston, Texas

Painted on a wall inside of the Citizens for Animal Protection charity in Houston, Texas

Charity Navigator

Because most people have good hearts and wish to help others, some dishonest people create charities where most of the donated dollars go to pad their bank accounts, and little of it benefits the named cause. So one must be cautious about which charities one chooses to support.

It is pretty easy to tell if the charity is local and you are spending volunteer hours there. One can see results firsthand like I did when carrying groceries to a car one day. The small child holding his mother's hand was so excited to see the top of a box of cereal in the bag. He could not have been any more excited had it been a new toy given to him. At least he would not go to bed hungry that night!

When sending checks to most charities, if you wish to find out that most of your money is truly serving the cause instead of overhead expenses of the charity, you might be happy to learn of CharityNavigator.org, which rates the different charities as to how they allocate the money.

I would hardily recommend that you do this simple online search before writing checks.

The value of supporting charities is tremendous for not only the recipient but also the donor. We are enriched by the process and often get back much more from the experience than we bargained.

"I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver."

— Maya Angelou

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 25, 2021:

Hi Allan,

It is important to know how the money is spent when giving it to charities. Charity Navigator does a good job of analyzing how charities spend that money. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 25, 2021:

Hi Misbah,

Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. Small deeds do make a difference, and most are easy to accomplish. Thanks also for describing charity as you are taught the meaning of it. Blessings and love to you!

Allan on April 24, 2021:

Such good information. Learning about Charity Navigator is a real plus to be able to identify truly worthy charities not just ones that do not actually spend their receipts on worthy recipients.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on April 24, 2021:

What a beautiful hub, Peggy. Small deeds counts a lot. I agree with you spending money is not only the way to help others. There are several ways, according to Islam, The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, the good word is a charity. And every step that you take towards the prayer is a charity, and removing a harmful object from the road is a charity.”

I am glad to see you too quoted a Hadith (The words of Muhammad (PBUH)). Thanks for sharing this beautiful message.

Blessings and Love

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 24, 2021:

Hi Devika,

It is wonderful that we can be of help in so many manners. If donating cash, it is vital to know how the money is spent, so that it is not wasted. Thanks for your comment.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 24, 2021:

Peggy this is informative about charity. It is a suggestion to grow in a community to make people feel secure.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 24, 2021:

What is your favorite way to help people and the causes you like? It is not only cash that charities need to function.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 21, 2019:

Hi Rajan,

I wish most people realized that there are so many different ways to help others. Thanks for bringing awareness to this post by leaving a comment.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 21, 2019:

A very informative article and it is interesting to learn there are numerous ways to do charity besides giving cash and doing volunteer work. Every little bit counts and adds up. Thank you for sharing this.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 28, 2015:

Hi Suzanne,

It is very true what you said. One never knows when one could be on the receiving end of needing charity so it is good to share what we have when we are able.

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on May 28, 2015:

It's important to learn sharing and giving, helps build a more compassionate society! Plus it's also comforting to know that charity services are out there for everyone. Voted useful and up!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 18, 2015:

Hi Patricia,

You are so correct in that not only there is great need, but it is important to know that one's generosity is spent in the best way possible with the greatest effect.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on May 18, 2015:

Good morning Peggy I think I read this before but my senior moments sometimes kick in :D

Charities and giving are such an important way for us to give back be it in kind or with funds. And knowing to whom we can give and be assured that those who are really in need receive the benefit from them is soooo important and knowing that there are so many ways

to give is a heads up for each of us. Thank you for taking the time to share this.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 07, 2013:

Thanks Au fait. :)

C E Clark from North Texas on July 06, 2013:

Came back to pin this excellent hub to my board, "Helping People in Need." Will also share with my followers again.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 29, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

So glad that you liked this article. Thanks!

justmesuzanne from Texas on June 19, 2013:

Very good information! Voted up, awesome, tweeted, pinned and shared! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 04, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

Even people with no money can donate their time and efforts to help others and in so doing, just might make contacts and/or friends that will enrich their own lives at the same time. Thanks for sharing.

C E Clark from North Texas on June 03, 2013:

Times remain hard for a lot of people -- too many people, and so I'm going to share this excellent hub with my followers again.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 09, 2013:

Hi moonlake,

I'll just bet that your food pantry up there would also be happy to receive any excess garden produce that you might have. Thank heavens that places like that exist to help those who find themselves in need. Appreciate your comment & share.

moonlake from America on May 09, 2013:

We give whenever we can. We always put food in the mailbox when the post office is collecting. There are more and more people in our area using the food pantry. Voted up and shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 04, 2013:

Hi vespawoolf,

Like you said...most of us can afford to share some of our things with others whether it be an extra blouse, pair of slacks, kitchen utensils, gently used furniture or food items. Our time when donated for charitable causes is most important. Most charities could not exist were it not for the efforts of many volunteers. Thanks for your comment.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on May 04, 2013:

Giving to charities is a meaningful way to help those in need. Here in Peru, there is still much poverty and many opportunities to help others although not necessarily through organizations. Most of us have extra items we can share with others or a meal we can provide for someone sick or poor. I'm glad to know you do charity work. Thank you for sharing!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 30, 2013:

Hi Indian Chef,

It is a shame when unscrupulous people would take from charitable donations to line their own pockets and make people leery of honest ways to help others. Glad to hear that your clothing drive in India was a success. Perhaps they will do it more often because obviously the need is year round. Appreciate your comment, votes and the tweet.

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on April 30, 2013:

This is very interesting hub. Yes those who can help always do charity. But atleast in this part of world one has to be careful where you are giving money. Even the Supreme Court of India has said that 90% of NGO ( who work for helping poor or needy in many fields from education to sports or health etc) are fraud and only are source to run away with charity or government money. Yes you are right when you say you can help by donating clothes too and during Christmas a radio station did start a drive of asking people to donate clothes for poor street children and guys and it was a big hit here. Voting it up, sharing in twitter.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 13, 2013:

Hi Kathleen Cochran,

Another good way to check out charities as to how efficiently they are handling their money is the Charity Navigator site. Most people want to know that their donated dollars are spent wisely. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 13, 2013:

Hi Don,

I know that many companies support the United Way...but similar to the one in which you donated money...it may or may not be supporting causes that you would personally support. I prefer giving to single charities (or in the case of political campaigns...single candidates) that we know and have researched and wish to support. We think alike on this subject. Happy to hear from you. Thanks for your votes and the share. Hope you are staying warm up there this winter. It looks like you have had a doozy of a winter season according to the national news.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 13, 2013:

Hi Rajan,

If everyone thought as you do, the world would be a better place. We can't take anything with us into the next life so it behooves us to do some sharing of some type while we are here. All charities need volunteers who can spare some time just as much as they need cash in which to accomplish their good deeds. It can be as simple as reaching out to a neighbor who might be ill by bringing some food to them or mowing their lawn...or walking dogs who are in cages in animal shelters. It all adds up! Thanks for your comment, votes and the share.

Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on February 13, 2013:

Keeping your hard-earned donation dollars in your community and making sure a charity's overhead is limited is achieved in most areas through their United Way. A rotating group of leaders within each county or city reviews each agency they fund each year and an outside audit of each agency and the UW itself is required every year to retain the title as a United Way in your area. You can specify individual groups you want your donations to be limited to. You can usually have your contribution taken directly out of your paycheck, which is the easiest way to give. Your local UW reports and records should be available online. They always need volunteers also. Great hub on an important subject in every community!

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on February 13, 2013:

Hi Peggy,

Knowing where your charity dollar is going is important. When I worked for the government we had a yearly campaign "the Combined Federal Campaign" which covered a large number of causes. I one time I would just donate some money without designating where it went. Later we were provided with information about the organizations including data on how much went into administrative cost. I also found that my money was sometimes going to organization that I was morally opposed to. voted up, useful and interesting. sharing.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 12, 2013:

Interesting read Peggy. I firmly believe those who are more blessed ought to spare a thought for the under priviledged ones and provide help in any way possible by supporting charity. donations in cash or kind or offering services to the needy.

It gives a great sense of satisfaction and belonging. This topic is close to my heart.

Voted up, useful,interesting and sharing all over.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 02, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

Thanks for the link back to your good hub on the subject of Rating Charities. I am happy to share that link to your hub in this one. We should all help support charities that we like with our time and/or money or effort of some sort. One never knows when circumstances might change and one might be in need of assistance from others. With all of the natural disasters that seem to be cropping up...anyone's life could be greatly impacted with short notice. Of course one should make sure that they are supporting a legitimate charity that uses their resources well. Thanks for the share.

C E Clark from North Texas on February 01, 2013:

Agree that local charities are usually the best to support with time and/or money because you can see first hand what the results are. You can often see the difference you're making and the people you're helping have a face so that you know they and their needs are real.

Voting this hub up and awesome! Will share, and I'm putting a link in my hub on choosing a charity to this hub right now.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 13, 2012:

Hi Michelle,

It is a travesty when some organizations set up as charities abuse the concept and most of the funds go to overhead or to lining their own pockets instead of truly serving the cause intended. That is why auditing type organizations like CharityNavigator.org are important. You can see at a glance how your donated money is allocated from an unbiased viewpoint. Most people who donate their time, money or supplies want to make sure that their efforts are not squandered or mismanaged. Thanks for your comment and the share.

Michelle Liew from Singapore on October 12, 2012:

My fear of charities is exactly the ones who only look out for themselves and their own pockets. a very good hub on the ways we can help charities and the raising of awareness! sharing and tweeting!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 09, 2012:

Hi barbergirl28,

I also volunteered my time as a teenager in a nursing home. Small world! I know that not everyone can donate their time for volunteer work...especially during child rearing and earning years, but like you cited...donating gently used clothing and other supplies or writing checks to support charitable causes can be done instead. Nice that you realize the importance! Thanks for your comment.

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on October 09, 2012:

Unfortunatley I haven't had much time since I have had kids to do charity work. I just can't afford to pay a babysitter to volunteer my time. Although when I was a teenager, I often times volunteered at nursing homes and helping neighbors. Now, we support charities by donating our clothes and gently used items. I know we recently just went through our kids stuff and my husband was all about throwing things away. I looked at him and asked why when we can donate. I told him the easy way wasn't acceptable and if we could give it to someone in need, we should do that!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 05, 2012:

Hi vespawoolf,

Nice meeting another person here on HubPages that realizes the importance of supporting charities by doing volunteer work. Like you said, it is so satisfying! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 05, 2012:

Hi ausmedus,

Thanks for the compliment on my writing. As a long time volunteer, I realize the important work that charities do and they need not only money but also helping hands by way of volunteers to accomplish the good works that they do. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 05, 2012:

Hi RTalloni,

Americans are the people who dig deepest into their pockets & donate to causes near & dear to their hearts all around the world, + the majority of it is done privately. You are correct in that locally controlled charities often do a much better job & are more frugal than government sponsored giving. Thanks for your comment on this hub about supporting charities.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 05, 2012:

Hi jessefutch,

You are so correct! The vast majority of charities could not exist were it not for the many volunteers and the work that they do. Time spent helping them is even more important than the money donated in many cases. Of course both are needed in the end. Thanks for your comment.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on October 05, 2012:

Supporting charities is so important and makes us feel happy, too. I like your reminders that it's not just giving money, but our time and things as well. My husband and I and my grandmother all volunteer regularly. There's nothing like the satisfaction you get from seeing someone's smile, like you mentioned in this hub. It's so nice to know someone who is making an effort to give! : )

RTalloni on October 04, 2012:

As I thought about this hub tonight I realized something. What we need is more charitable giving--wisely, as you emphasize--and less government!

With more of the various charitable giving that you write about here on the local levels (not just throwing money at a situation), there would be more local oversight of those who are benefitting.

Having the power on the local level to determine how effective the giving is, what improvements might be needed, how to implement additional programs through the giving of dollars and manpower rather than having distant regulators/legislators dictate what is available to who and when would mean that there would be less waste of the donated money and time.

You've got me thinking now… :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 04, 2012:

Hi alocsin,

I don't give to charities unless I know that they are legitimate & that the biggest percentage of funds goes to actually support the cause. Legitimate charities do not collect money outside of grocery stores or at road intersections with the possible exception of the Salvation Army around Christmas-time. Often they are set up outside of storefronts with their easily identified volunteers ringing their bells with the donation buckets. Thanks for your comment, votes and the share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 04, 2012:

Hi RTalloni,

It is a natural thing to want to help others in need but we need to be smart about it and check sites like the CharityNavigator.org to make sure our money goes to truly help causes & not excess overhead. Of course volunteering is one of the best ways to help charities that we like if possible. They are always in need of volunteers! Thanks for your comment.

jessefutch from North Carolina on October 04, 2012:

Time can be just as valuable as money to charities. If you cannot afford to give money, give time! Giving however you can to charity is very rewarding and is just the right thing to do. One should definitely do their research before giving to a charity, usually to ensure the maximum possible percentage of the money actually goes to the cause rather than to the administration of the charity! Great work on this hub.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on October 04, 2012:

I quite agree with supporting charities, though I'm wary of the ones that ask for donations outside of grocery stores because you have no idea if they're legitimate. I like to set up a charity fund where I can donate a set percentage of earnings, and then distribute those funds to preset charities a few times a year. Voting this Up and Useful. SHARING.

RTalloni on October 04, 2012:

Such a good look at charitable giving, one that we can use and share with others. I hope this will be highlighted many times over with comments--thank you for your work on this post!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 29, 2012:

Hi Mary,

That charity navigator link is so important to utilize and learn how any donated money is spent. The important thing is to support charities of one's choice and there are many ways in which to do it. That old saying..."There but for the grace of God"...is so true. We could all be in need of help someday and it is so good to know that there are willing people out there ready to lend a hand. Thanks for your comment and the shares.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on August 28, 2012:

Peggy, this is an excellent reminder to all of us to help those people who need helping. I do agree with you when you say to be careful before you take out your checkbook. Sometimes, the people running the charity take most of the money for themselves.

It does make me and my family feel good when we can give of ourselves in any way.

I voted this Hub UP, and will share with followers and socially, too.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 29, 2012:

Hi Judi,

It is so true that we can all do something to support charities, and it is not necessarily always money that is needed. Other things as well are valuable. Thanks for your comment.

judio on March 29, 2012:

Great hub, Peggy, and a good reminder to others. Whether it's clothing, food, or time, we all need to do something for our fellow human beings (and animals, too). I enjoyed this one a lot.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 09, 2012:

Hi Alastar,

Knowing about CharityNavigator.org is great when checking out charities as to how they spend their money. Nice to know that you contribute to charities and are careful with the ones you support. Smart! Thanks for your comment.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on March 09, 2012:

Wonderful hub on giving Peggy. CharityNavigator.org is a must read to make sure the gifts do the best work and don't wind up lining the pockets of execs like some of the big charity orgs. have. Here's mine: Salvation Army and Goodwill and non-profit thrift stores. Bless you for this article Peggy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 09, 2012:

Hi alocsin,

I'm in full agreement. I want my money to actually help the people or pets, etc., that need it...not huge salaries or lots of overhead expenses. Thanks for your comment on this hub about supporting charities and also your votes.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on March 09, 2012:

Thank you for this overview and pointing out CharityNavigator, which a lot of people don't know about. I'd rather give my money to charities that use most of it for their missions, rather than on administration. Voting this Up and Useful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 07, 2012:

Hi teaches12345,

If a person's basic needs are met, there is every good reason to contribute to supporting charities which help in saving lives of other people. We can't take anything with us out of this life in material things. For those that believe in the Golden Rule, or an afterlife...there is every good reason to help those who have less than we have. Thanks for your comment.

Dianna Mendez on March 07, 2012:

Thanks for encouraging others to give to charities. We do this every year with certain charities. It is good to see and hear how your efforts contribute to the needs of other people. Great hub article and voted up!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 07, 2012:

Hi LuxmiH,

Your working with inmates sounds interesting. Speaking of volunteering in a food kitchen...one Thanksgiving my mother, husband and I went down to our convention center in Houston where food was being served and in another area, clothing was also being given away. Not only were we volunteering at the time along with hundreds of other people...but former President George Bush and his wife Barbara were also there serving up food to the poor on that same day. Nice to witness! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 07, 2012:

Hi Ann,

Those are lovely thoughts and I have also thought about things like that, but since I don't play the lottery, winning a huge amount of cash will never happen. We can all do things in the here and now to help others whether it is as simple as donating some beans and rice to the local food pantry or donating our used but still serviceable clothing to thrift agencies. Many of our local grocery stores have red barrels where food items can be dropped in to help feed the hungry. Makes it so simple to help others! Many of the hungry are children who can do little to help themselves.

Thanks for your comment. It is obvious that your heart is also in the right place when your thoughts are turned to helping others. Nice!

Luxmih Eve-Lyn Forbes from Fort Pierce, Florida on March 07, 2012:

This is a terrific, well-rounded, informative Hub that triggered realizations such as "oh yea... I'd never thought of THAT as a Charity'. Specifically the animal related charities.

Its also true that the donor is enriched as much if not more than the recipient. The most rewarding for me has been working with inmates, or wserving in a food kitchen.

Voted Up and useful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 07, 2012:

Hi Eddy,

It sounds like the charity you support, that children's hospice in the name of your dear daughter Erin, is an excellent choice on your part. If everyone did something by way of supporting charities, this world would be so much better a place in which to live. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 07, 2012:

Hi Darlene,

Thanks! You embody the spirit of giving and caring for others in how you live and all that you do. So happy to be able to call you a friend.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 07, 2012:

Hi Prasetio,

It is true that even without having extra money there are things that we can do to help others. Glad that you caught the meaning of how we can all support charities and help in saving lives. Thanks for your comment and votes.

anndavis25 from Clearwater, Fl. on March 07, 2012:

We have made it in life, when we get to the point of giving back. It speaks for the condition of your heart and soul. My family laughs at me, because I'm always saying what I would do or who I would help...if only I could win the lottery.

Beautiful, thoughtful hub. AD

Eiddwen from Wales on March 07, 2012:

A great hub as always Peggy;I have set up a trust fund in memory of my daughter' Erin Jones Friend Of Ty hafan'

Ty hafan being our only hospice for youngsters who are not likely going to live beyond their teenage years ;also ongoing counselling for family members after the death of their child.

Well done on this one Peggy;has to be awarded my up u and away.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 06, 2012:

Hi Gail,

That is wonderful that you support your local charities. We do the same for the most part. Knowing about CharityNavigator.org is also great to make sure that the majority of the money is going in the right place. Thanks for your comment and votes!

Darlene on March 06, 2012:

Peggy, from one volunteer to another. I love and appreciate your HUB.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on March 06, 2012:

Very inspiring hub. I hope all the people has the same vision with you. Help others is the true happiness. We must shame if we have a lot of money, but there are many people out there suffering without no food and clothes, right! I hope your message will be read by the people entire the world...amen. Vote up and I press all buttons here, except funny. God bless you!

Peace, Prasetio

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on March 06, 2012:

This was a beautiful hub about donating to charity. I prefer to keep it local also and particularly like to support school fundraisers, girl scout, boy scout and medical charity events when I know the people working on the fundraising in our community.

Voted up across the board except for funny.

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