This morning my husband did some research, as this is the charitable season, and seeking out a good charity where the funds are used totally for missions and not for administration has always been one of our requirements.
This is the time of year that “junk mail” is abundant. People can not be expected to give to every one they receive in the mail. And it seems that the older the person gets, the more “junk mail” comes in the mail. So seeking out one that truly will be used for the benefit of those in need should be a priority.
Research this morning revealed that most charities try to keep two years of funds in reserve, and it is wise for us at home to do two months to avoid worry. A search of St. Jude (the charity found in many obituaries) reveals it keeps a reserve of five years. Of course that money is drawing interest but it seems that using it for it’s intent would be a much better practice. There are also stories of one lady driving 518 miles and asking for a motel room while her child is in the hospital; no such luck, they require 500 miles for free motel rooms but that 500 miles is only to the city limits. Another story included a place to stay for only one family member, the father who drove wife and child was forced to sleep in the truck he had driven there. I can now understand why people in the area have fundraisers to take their children to St. Jude; I always thought their expenses were taken care of.
By all means, donate to these fundraisers, but don’t overlook charities in your area. Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House are just two in the area I can think of, but I am sure that those of you in Mississippi can find those charities in need in Jackson as well. Clean out your closets, those clothes you haven’t worn can keep someone else warm. I encourage everyone to have a giving heart for the less fortunate. Romans 12: 9-13
Cheryl Arnold, Ethelsville, AL