One of the many things that bum me out about the recession is being forced to cut down on charitable giving. I suspect I’m not alone in having to curb giving to charities due to our current economic situation and how it has affected my pocketbook. So often, I find myself wishing I could support causes I really believe in. Even though I may not have a lot of money to give, I try to help in other ways too. Prayer, of course, is always free, always helpful, and always something I can do whether I have money or not. In addition to prayer, I’m blessed with being able to donate books from my personal library, and send cards of encouragement. I keep reminding myself that while I’m small and can do very little, God is all powerful and able to do all things.
I may not have the financial means to give as I once did, but I can showcase my favorite causes and pray for the effectiveness of these organizations in helping millions of people.
Here are two organizations I’ve supported in the past and hope to support again soon.
I think most of us probably know at least one person who has or had breast cancer. In my case, scores of friends have battled and are battling this horrible disease, and I wish there was a cure. And not a cure for just breast cancer, but cures for all forms of cancer. Sometimes, I get so mad at the enemy for using this disease to steal the lives of people I love or care about. In times when I’m burdened with sadness, I find prayer is the only thing that keeps me from being in a constant state of sorrow. For my friends who know Jesus, I’m saddened when they leave this world, but I know I’ll see them again. But for friends who don’t know the Lord, my heart hurts so bad I can barely breathe. I hope scientists are able to find more effective, less invasive, and less harsh ways of treating cancer.
Until I learned more about the United Way I had no idea how much the organization helps our communities and in so many different ways. I think the United Way’s Live United message says it all.
“Underneath everything we are, underneath everything we do, we are all people. Connected, Interdependent, United. And when we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. That’s what it means to live united.”
Do you have a favorite organization you like to support? If you’re like me, and funds are limited, what organizations would you support if you could?