Give, but be smart about it

This is a perfect example of why I don’t give money to big charities.  In this case, well-meaning Catholics have had their donations diverted to causes that are in direct opposition to their Christian beliefs.  They blindly write checks and put money in collection envelopes every Sunday, having faith that the money is being sent to where it can really help.  Little did they know some of it was being siphoned off to fund the nightmare called ACORN.  Even worse, if that’s possible, is that it was being done by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

I give locally, to small, specific causes.  My dad’s local VFW group hosts free-will soup dinners and uses their proceeds to offer small scholarships to local students.  Various pancake and sausage breakfasts support local clubs like the Lions, who do similar good deeds within the community.  Fund-raisers for sports clubs and school marching bands help them pay for uniforms and instruments.  Food you donate to food pantries stays in the area, as does clothing donated to the Salvation Army.  Even if you don’t have money to give, maybe you’ve got some free time to visit and read to the elderly.  Big Brother/Sister is always looking for people to give their time.  All of these are ways you can give your time or money and not only KNOW where it’s being spent, but also hopefully get to see the positive effect you’ve had.

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  1. Our second collection that weekend at St. Rose is going to the local Catholic Charities food pantry instead. Like you say, there are plenty of good local places to give money and time; there’s no need for these big clearinghouses that collect money, run it through a bureaucracy, and distribute the remainder back out to charities you’ve never heard of. That doesn’t even fit the Catholic concept of subsidiarity, aside from the issue of the bad groups the CCHD has been supporting.

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