The importance of giving

Ivy says:

My mom always told me it’s more important to give than receive. I dunno, when I was a kid receiving seemed a lot better than giving, but as I get older, I realize just what an excellent thing giving really is. If you go to church, it’s easy to tithe and trust that your church will distribute the money in good ways. My church gives to a lot of awesome causes and we send missions teams all over the place, and we’re just pretty fabulous, if you ask me. 😉

But what if you don’t go to church or you want to give more than just your tithe? I wanted to share a few sites that have caught my attention lately. Use your time, money, and resources for good, not evil, right? 😉 So here’s what I’m digging right now:

Kiva.org This has been on my radar for a long time- I’ve been meaning to blog about it, but haven’t gotten around to it. Kiva’s mission is “to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.” Basically, you give micro-loans to people in need throughout the world to help them start or upgrade their businesses. When you give a loan to a person in need, the money goes to that person. Pretty cool.

Cool People Care With their 5 minutes of caring articles and other excellent ways to help the world, Cool People Care is a haven for us wanna-be world savers. If you have a little time or a lot, Cool People Care can really show you how to make a difference.

Email Our Military Ever since 9/11, the “Any Service Member” and “Operation Dear Abby” letter writing programs have been discontinued. With our service members being stretched farther and thinner than ever, it’s now more important than it ever has been to send some words of encouragement to the people who are serving our country. Email Our Military fills the hole left when the letter writing programs were discontinued.

FreeRice.com Want to help feed hungry people throughout the world, but don’t have much money to give? How’s your vocabulary? FreeRice.com pairs a fun vocabulary quiz with advertising money to donate rice through the UN World Food Program.

What giving sites are capturing your attention? We want to hear about it!



2 Comments

  1. Heidi @ Carolina Dreamz on May 1, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    I’ m a big fan of http://www.anysoldier.com (which covers all services, I’m just not typing out all of them, individually) because the service men/women are volunteering their time to specific servicemen/women around them.

    The only part that changed was now we must use a specific address and then its distributed to “any” as the other programs were, that had to be stopped.

    ~Heidi



  2. K on April 30, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Coming up a week from this Saturday (right before Mother’s Day) is the annual post office food drive. You put your bag of food donations right beside your mailbox and they come pick it up. Couldn’t be easier and the food banks are really low now with prices up.

    http://helpstampouthunger.com/