Giving to Others

givingFor I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’” Matthew 25:35-36

I love this passage. It is a constant reminder that we are not put on this earth to consume and be selfish but to give to others whenever we can.  I just have had such a burden to help those who are in need. Several years ago David and I made a commitment to give more to others. Sometimes it has been financially hard for us to give to others, but we always give what we can.  Our goal is to help show others the love of Christ through our giving.

Giving is one of the most rewarding things you can do, it is also an act that is expected by God of Christians.  David and I make an effort to make giving a priority year round, not only at Christmas time. We have several organizations that we have researched and are proud to support on a regular basis.

Some of our favorite charities to give to are:

  • MUST: Provides food and clothing to our local community. Also provides other assistance through-out the year, such as school supplies for needy students.
  • OneNeed:  Provides for the needs of people in our community. All sorts of needs are brought to this group and they send the need to the body asking for help in a variety of ways. We might not be able to do a lot on our own but together we can make a big impact on many lives.
  • Forever Fed: Provides meals to families in North Georgia.
  • Good Shepherd Ranch:  Provides a good home to boys in need. This home accepts no state funding and they strive to teach the young men Biblical values.
  • Rain Catchers:  Provides materials, and people to build rain catchers on homes in Haiti to provide clean drinking water for families.
  • Adoption:  We love to give to those who are trying to build their families through adoption. Normally we will give through matching grants that friends have received.  Adoption is expensive and families going through this process need all the support that they can get.
  • Oak Leaf Church:  Extra Offerings at Church. We trust our church leadership 100% to use any funds we give them appropriately.
  • The Creekview High School Angel Tree:  This year our faculty and staff helped to provide gifts to 50 children in our school zone. I love being able to provide for children that are in my own community.

My hope and prayer is that giving to others will become a priority for people year round not just during the Christmas Season.

What are your favorite organizations to support?

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