Inspiration Tuesday

-Some thoughts on charitable giving.-

Goodwill receives a billion pounds of clothing every year.  Ultimately, they use less than half of the clothing they get.  Clothing is cheap, and the cost of sorting, cleaning, and storing and transporting the clothes is higher than their value.  If you wouldn't give an article to a family member, it's probably not good enough for charity.  Sure, it's great to get the tax deduction and it makes you feel like you didn't waste money buying the clothes, but if you're truly charitable be sensitive to the needs of the organization.  Charities aren't dumping grounds for your trash.  Talk to your local charities or visit  Find out what they can most use.  Although giving to charities is a great way to get stuff out of your house, it's far better not to let stuff into your house.

-Peter Walsh

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