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Do you give to charity?

December 18, 2013

Jeremy Quattlebaum, Student Voices staff writer

During the holiday season every year, Americans from all walks of life open their wallets and make charitable donations that are expected to top $200 billion.

“I think that during this time of year, people have generous hearts and there is a time period of giving,” said Peggy Dyer, chief marketing officer with the American Red Cross.

The American people are the most giving people in the world. Last year, Americans gave $316.23 billion to charities, according to the Giving USA report, more than any other country. According to the National Philanthropic Trust, 89 percent of American households give, most to the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and the American Cancer Society. On top of that, most households give to their place of worship to help the needy in their community.

“The $316 billion in total giving reflected by our 2012 data continues the positive twin trajectory of dollars coupled with hope. I would say the outlook is positive for those who believe in and understand the power of American philanthropy,” said Gregg Carlson, chair of the Giving USA Foundation, which publishes the Giving USA report.

The United States’ charitable donations have helped provide aid during the world’s most recent natural and man-made disasters.

The early November landing of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines caused the year’s largest humanitarian crisis, with over 4 million left homeless. As of late November, $298 million had been donated to the Philippines, most came from individual donations. With the death toll still rising and access to basic necessities limited in the hardest-hit areas, organizations like UNICEF and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Societies have been busy handing out donations and supplies.

The Syrian civil war also led to a massive humanitarian crisis, with two million Syrians living in refugee camps outside their country, and millions more facing the hardships of war. Save the Children reports that over 2 million children are facing malnutrition because of the conflict and over 7,000 children have been killed, injured, maimed or victimized by the war.

The expected $317 billion in charitable giving this year, however, is nowhere near the $311 billion high in 2007. Adjusted for inflation, that would mean $344 billion in today’s dollars.

If you want to give, how do you find an organization that ensures your money goes where you want it to? Organizations such as the Charity Navigator can help you find a charity.

What do you think?

Do you support any charities? If so, which ones? Is it important for people to donate? If you can’t afford to give money, what are other ways you help? Join the discussion and let us know what you think!
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3/18/2016
Stroudsburg/ PA
Hala E
Mr. Hanna/ SJHS
I support many local charities. My family gives clothes to the the Salvation Army every 2 months and we give out food and money to organizations to help the homeless. I do it because I believe that it's important to help those in need. I believe that it's important for people to give because so many people are in need and if we can help why not try. If you can't afford to give money you could donate clothes you don't wear anymore or food.

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg/PA
Katie
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I give to a couple of charities such as Pocono Alliance and The Angels Closet. I do think that it's important to donate because it's important to help the less fortunate in your community. If I couldn't donate money to any charities, I would donate my time and talents to help RAISE money for those charities.

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Amy
Mr. Hanna/ stroudsburg JHS
I do donate to charities. I do many 5k's and most of the time the entry fee that you pay goes to a certain charity. I think that it is important to donate to charity because there are many people dying of diseases and can't afford treatment. By donating you can help someone pay for their treatment. You don't have to donate a lot of money, every little bit helps! If you don't donate money there are other ways you can help! If you do volunteer work for the charity of your choice your are helping just as much as you would be if you donated!

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg/PA
Ava
Hanna/stroudsburg JHS
My family supports St. Jude's Children's Hospital and our parish, St. Luke's. I don't think it is necessary for people to donate, but it is definitely a very important and helpful thing to do. Even I you cannot afford to donate money, you am still donate your time. Soup kitchens and animal shelters are always looking for volunteers to help run the programs. Helping others is one of the kindest things you can do.

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg,PA
Andrew
Hanna/SJHS
I have donated to only one charity but I do it a lot this charity is a food pantry and we give food to the homeless we feed them and give them a big box of food. I think it is important to give thing to people in need but only if they really need it.mostly at this pantry we only give them food but we also give them clothes if needed and it gives you a great feeling to help some one in need.

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg
Bailee
Mr.Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
The last time I supported a charity was around Christmas time. But I always do suppor charities. I think it is important for people to donate because everyone doesn't have what you do. Some people are in need and they want to be like normal people, so a charity will help raise money and things in need for the people. If you can't give money to a charity then you could look for things in your house that you don't use anymore that others could use

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg/Pa
Alefiyah
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Sadly, I do not work for a charity anymore. I use to work for a charity though. However,I do not remember the name. Donating helps people that have been in disasters, people that have cancer, and people that are homeless. Donations have provided aid for very serious natural disasters. People usually donate supplies or money. Even if you cannot afford to give money, there are plenty of ways you can help. You could maybe donate items like clothing, canned foods, or you can donate toys for kids who can't buy toys for Christmas. It's possible to volunteer in certain organizations, churches, fundraisers, and much more. Try to find as much organizations in school or in other places as possible.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg/Pennsylvania
Victoria
Mr.Hanna/ Stroudsburg Junior high School
I think that we should give to charity. Because there are men and women and children that are more unfortunate then people that have luxuries. And we don't have to worry about having to scrounge up a couple dollar to by warm clothes or to get food but these people do.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg Pennsylvania
Zoey
Hana stroudsburg junior high
I think that you should give to charity because a lot of kids wish that they could be like all the other kids and get everything else all the other kids get. Some kids don't get alot of things like food, toys, attention and so much more some kids in charity don't even have a family that loves them.. So be caring and actually think of all the things you have and the little things the other kids get!

11/13/2014
strpoudsburg,pa
Shavaughn
Mr. Hana/Stroudsburg SJHS
Me and my family give a lot to charity and various organizations. I give to my church and sometimes the saint Jude organization. I believe that it is important to donate so these people can still help other people .If you cant afford to give money you could also donate your time.

11/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Karen
Mr.Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I personal do not do any charity's but my parents do. All year around they give money to st. Jude's hospital. I think it is important to donate money to charity's because you are helping out many people that would probably do the same thing for you. If you don't have any money you can always help charity by giving food, water, clothes ect.

11/12/2014
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvainia
Mae
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I support many charities. But they mostly are local. I support the clothing closets at my church that are held every month. I volunteer at my local salvation army. My grandmother's church holds an animal fair each year for animals in need. Last summer I went to myrtle beach to help clean up the beaches.Every year I run an IRON MAN triathlon to raise money for cancer. I think it is very important for people to donate. It doesn't always have to be money. it can be time. if you just devote a little bit of your time towards a worthy cause it can really make a difference in someone's life

10/27/2014
Murrieta California
Stephanie Folston
Mr. Jabro Creekside High School
I only support one charity, which is the St. Jude Foundation. Otherwise I don't donate due to charities like Susan G. Komen who's CEO makes $684,717 a year a little over a half of what the charity makes. It inst necessarily important to donate. If you cant afford to give money, you can always volunteer.

9/17/2014
Murrieta CA
Lily
Mr.Jabro Creekside Highschool
Yes,I support charity,but I do not donate due to lack of funds to simply give away. It is important for people who have some extra money to donate that way others can get the help they need. Other ways you can help are by doing volunteer work and helping in the fundraising campaigns.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Shayla
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
Yes I support a charity, the charity I serve is with my church wich is giving food and clothes and any necessary essentials to people who can't afford it. I find it important for people to donate because the people who have things take what what they have for granted, but the people who don't have use them very well as possiable. If u aren't able to give money try donating something that is in good condition but that you don't use anymore.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Riley
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
No I personally do not donate to charity. Although I think it is very important and a lot more people should including me. Supporting a charity is a very nice and caring thing to do and if a person does not have the money to donate that's okay there are many ways to help and support like donating food, clothing, events and many more.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Jacquelyn E.
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Yes, I do give to charity because it is the right thng to do. I think it is the right thing to do because you are helping those who need things. Those who get charity need food, water, clothes, a home, and many things that will help them survive. If they dont survive then that'll be one less person in the world... which will be sad.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg JHS
Faiz W
Mr.Hanna
Of course I give most of my hard earned money to charity. I do that because I'm doing it for my poor suffering country of Africa. Also im doing it for the other poor souls that are suffering out ther in other countries besides Africa. I also do it to help things like the salvation army and the The American Red Cross. I also do to give food to the millions of hungry children across the world who can't afford a school lunch and are currently surviving off of a slice of bread. That's exactly why I donate to charity

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg JHS
Faiz W
Mr.Hanna
Of course I give most of my hard earned money to charity. I do that because I'm doing it for my poor suffering country of Africa. Also im doing it for the other poor souls that are suffering out ther in other countries besides Africa. I also do it to help things like the salvation army and the The American Red Cross. I also do to give food to the millions of hungry children across the world who can't afford a school lunch and are currently surviving off of a slice of bread. That's exactly why I donate to charity

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Ryan D
Mr. Hanna Stroudsburg jhs
I do give to charity and I think it is important to do so. My grandmother died of lung cancer and I have been contributing by to a cancer foundation by do an annual bike ride. It is nice to see the appreciation of the people in need when you help them.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg/PA
Diamond R
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
No I do not support any charities. Although, I do think it is important for people that can donate to do so. Even if you cannot give money there are other items you can give such as shoes, clothes, food, etc.

6/11/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
AbbyT
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Yes I do give to charity. I believe it is important to always give back. My cousin Eric died of brain cancer at age 14 and I have been selling duct tape crafts and string bracelets since I was a kid. I thought that selling hem for him would make things easier on the family so I sold as much as I could. Now that he has passed away, I still sell crafts for cancer and his fund. I believe it is very important to give back especially to those in need

5/30/2014
Maple, WI
Taryn
Northwestern
I support many charities. The one that I support the most, at the moment, is the Relay for Life of Douglas County which is ran through the American Cancer Society. I have been involved with Relay for about 8 years. I am one of the Online Committee chairs, and I also have a team that I started originating from my church called The God Squad. I think it is very important for people to donate because the money goes to valuable causes. For example, money donated to the Relay goes to cancer research, medical treatments, and Hope Lodges. If you can't afford to donate, don't donate money, but donate time. Volunteering to work a food shelf, help rebuild a house, or sorting through the already donated items is very helpful and needed. In fact, donating time rather than money is the most rewarding form of supporting a charity.

5/30/2014
Maple, WI
Taryn
Northwestern
I support many charities. The one that I support the most, at the moment, is the Relay for Life of Douglas County which is ran through the American Cancer Society. I have been involved with Relay for about 8 years. I am one of the Online Committee chairs, and I also have a team that I started originating from my church called The God Squad. I think it is very important for people to donate because the money goes to valuable causes. For example, money donated to the Relay goes to cancer research, medical treatments, and Hope Lodges. If you can't afford to donate, don't donate money, but donate time. Volunteering to work a food shelf, help rebuild a house, or sorting through the already donated items is very helpful and needed. In fact, donating time rather than money is the most rewarding form of supporting a charity.

5/6/2014
Rudyard
Samuel
Campbell/ North Star
Yes I give to charity. I think about that every time I donate money to a cause, I am contributing to helping a person in need.

2/18/2014
Rudyard/ MT
Sarah
Mrs. Campbell/ North Star Schools
At the moment I only support my local church because I haven't found a certain organization I want to support yet. I do believe that it is important to donate because there are people in the world who need help. Some people don't have access to the basic necessities that we do. Attaining food, clean water, and medical supplies is a struggle for most of the human population. No one deserves to live in that lifestyle, and if my funds can help to liberate even just a few people, it will be worth it. If a person isn't financially stable they don't have to give money, they could donate their time or old clothing to charitable organizations. Every little bit helps.

2/13/2014
Sidney, MT
Emily
Mr. Faulhaber
I do think it is important for people to donate, but in their own limits. If they don't have a lot of income coming in themselves, they have a right to be selfish and worry about their own needs verses those of others. All charities are really important on an overall scale, but some misuse their purpose of raising money. If you don't donate, don't feel guilty. But, if you don't do something in return, like community service or just help out some every once in a while, then you might want to look at what characteristics you are displaying.

2/13/2014
sidney mt
nicole
Mr. Faulhaber
The amounts that America gives to charities a year is amazing and i think that in 2014 there will be the $317 billion that is expected. I think its important to donate because some crisis's are not about to raise money. If you cant give money, help raise it.

2/3/2014
Watertown, MA
Hayley
Rimas, Watertown high school
I do give to charity. Every couple months I go through all my clothes and all the clothes I don't want or like anymore I put in a big bag and give them to Good Will.

2/3/2014
Watertown, MA
Laura
Mr.Rimas/ Watertown High School
There are a lot of charity organizations, many that just ask for money who I feel take a majority of the money and it isn't, given to the people who need it. I personally like to give clothing to charities. I feel that it is very important for people to have clothes because growing every year and having to but new clothes every year really takes a toll on the amount of money someone has. It makes me feel really great knowing that I am helping people.

2/3/2014
Watertown/Mass
Alistair
Rimas/Watertown High School
I support the thought of charity, if you have something give what you can to those who have little to none. However, many organizations that rely on charity are unfortuneatly crooked or corrupt. A person can probably help more if they donate themselves and their time to a worthwhile cause that they feel strongly for as oppossed to merely donating dollars and cents.

1/27/2014
Sidney, MT
Jared
Mr. Faulaber/Sidney High School
I personally always give to charities. I am in many clubs that support many community charities. And in one of the clubs I sat in a district meeting and had i discussion on what our district charity would be and that was hard. Many only give a penny for every dollar and some are not even going to a charity. But the main one that i do is the Salvation Army.

1/13/2014
Aurora, Ohio
Kristina
Harmon Middle School
I have given to charity all my life. In kindergarten, I became a part of GSNEO, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, which just celebrated it's 100th anniversary last year. I am still involved in the organization, and wish to continue through high school. We participate in activities helping out the community, such as collecting can goods and blankets for women's shelters, which helps single moms that do not have a stable environment to raise their kids. We also have sent care packages to soldiers in the line of duty in Afghanistan. We each were asked to bring a set amount of money, plan what we needed to get, and we were asked to get the supplies we needed. We have done this specific project for the past three years, and we have received letters from the soldiers, thanking us for what we gave them. I am also involved in Relay for Life for three years now, and I am currently setting up my own booth with my friend, who also has someone in their family who had cancer. This past year I have been in Junior Beta Club, which completes community service projects. I hope to continue to give to charity and help my community.

12/19/2013
Washington, NJ
Dustin
Mrs. Rokosny/ Warrenhills
Civic Duty is a fundamental aspect to our Nation’s Political culture. It is important for Americans to share their prosperity with other less fortunate people. Having participated in many clubs and charities throughout my life, I have firsthand witnessed the struggles and hardships of others. Charity work and community volunteering is just an outlet in which we can spread our benevolence to others that are less fortunate. Volunteering is the ultimate tool for an individual to exemplify their civic duty and help people and places that really need it. The act of helping others is what sets us apart as a country from others. Not only are we global leaders, but we are out there to help others rise up to a more prosperous state. By engaging in charity it is a way for us to exemplify our civic duty principle and exemplify what America does best, and that is acting as a leader and helping others rise up.

12/19/2013
Washington, NJ
Isaac Q.
Mrs. Rokosny/ Warren Hills Regional High School
Arguably the most important component of the US political culture is civic duty. The duty to aid and contribute to the country as a whole is an intraoral part of my life too. Match of my time is spent bettering my community. As member of NHS, my church youth group, and The Boy Scouts of America, I believe that the volunteering of time and finances helps to build character while improving everyone’s quality of life. The number of lives affected organizations such as the Red Cross and the United Way is incredible. When I completed my Eagle Scout Project, I had collected $3,580 in donations. Of that amount only less than $250 was spent on administrative expenses. Neglecting the value of the the hundreds of man hours donated to complete the 6 park benches and 6 picnic tables for my town pool, almost all of the total value collected was given to the beneficiary in some shape or form. While any and all charitable donations are inherently good in nature, any donor must make educated decisions when making donations. The more money an organization uses for administrative and operational purposes, the less money reaches thoughts in need. American charitable organizations certainly have room for improvement in program efficiency. Many are efficient though. For example, The American Red Cross states on their website that over “91%” of their income is returned in the form of aid; making them efficient and worthwhile. As uplifting as “$317 billion” of donations are, the actual aid reaching people in need can be significantly improved. {I am unable to support this with cited info as the study I found does not include a mean percent of donations spent on operations and administration}. A more efficient way to make donations to the charities and causes close to your heart would be to volunteer your time or physical items, as was the case during my Eagle Scout Project. This way you can rest assured that the full value of your donated time or material reaches the beneficiary

12/19/2013
Washington/NJ
Sagar Patel
Mrs. Rokosny/ Warren Hills Regional High School
My family works along with the American Cancer Society, and other disease based organizations. This is because of my cousin who suffers from a psychological disorder. I believe that it is important to donate, not only because it is our civic duty, but also because as a human being it is your responsibility to support people who might be struggling to make ends meet. When people talk about charities they typically associate it with donating money; however, there are other ways to help. You can help by volunteering at a local nursing home, hospital, or other volunteer organizations.

12/19/2013
Washington, NJ
Sai Tadikonda
Mrs. Rokosny
I am involved in my school’s human right club that focuses on benefitting the lives of those less fortunate and I do feel that donations as well as community service are essential to societal progress. Many people go through their day without thinking about what problems other people are facing. This is a flaw that is prevalent in society; however during the holiday season people tend to act more charitable. Unfortunately there is almost always a region that is suffering from some disaster, and if society has a strong sense of civic duty, people who are struggling will be able to avoid such complications in their lives.

12/19/2013
New Jersey
Aldo Maggot
Warren Hills Regional Highschool
Giving to charity groups will definitely be part of my future. I like to imagine that by giving to those who are in need, I'm giving others a chance of equality. What I mean to say is that by donating money I'm helping them from the unfairness of cancer and natural disasters. No one deserves to live with a burden such as cancer or the lack of a domicile. I'm planning on donating to the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society. Both of those help the less fortunate with problems they couldn't stop. If nobody donates its just shows the selfishness of the human characteristics. Everyone should be willing to come together in order to try and give everyone an equal chance in life. Volunteering is also a great way of helping the less fortunate. Anyway possible action to accomplish a society where everyone if satisfied with an equal way of life should be addressed by everyone.

12/19/2013
Washington NJ
Jacob
Rokosny/Warren Hills
Running races for charity can be an extremely cheap way to give back in one's community, and the rewards that come from doing so can be varied. Altogether I have run two mud runs supporting research to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, and two half-marathons raising money for research for Neurofibromitosis, which is a rare form of cancer growing on the nerves. Donating to charities is an extremely important hallmark of American culture as Mr. Quattlebaum pointed out and defended using ample evidence. It is pivotal that we as a country keep up our reputation as a country that is always willing to give to those less fortunate than us. As I stated before, raising money to donate and running races for charity is very cheap, all it costs is a small registration fee and a pair of shoes. if you feel you can't afford to register for the race or don't feel as if you could run the race, there is always room for race volunteers. You could volunteer as a race planner, handing out food at the end of the race, or even simply handing out water at random checkpoints in the race. There is always room to help for anyone that is willing.

12/19/2013
Washington/NJ
Evan Turner
Mrs. Rokosny/Warren Hills Regional High School
I am personally a member of our school's human rights club, and we do quite a lot for helping countries world wide with problems they simply don't have the answer to. Obviously, as Americans who DO have the answers to these problems, it is our duty to assist these nations. While there are definitely some charities that aren't as helpful due to the fact that they spend high percentages of the money on themselves, there are an equal number of charities who spend virtually ALL of the money on charity. The best charities to give to aside from the obvious major ones such as Red Cross are the ones at local churches, or in our schools. If you can't afford to donate, then join these helpful groups to raise awareness and collect money. I'm only 16, so I obviously don't have any sort of steady income, but I still find ways through my school's Key Club and Human Rights Club. Adults who don't have enough money can help out through local services like Habitat for Humanity and local churches. It doesn't matter exactly how you help, but the fact that you're helping at all that matters. If everyone puts in a small piece, we can create something truly amazing.

12/19/2013
Washington/NJ
Kanisha
Rokosny/Warren Hills
In a nation that prides itself on freedom and liberty as well as citizen participation and civic duty, of course charity would be a large aspect of our society. I myself have no specific charities that I support more than others, but I definitely believe in supporting all different types of charities. There are the common charities that you tend to see everywhere: ones to fight against child or animal abuse, ones to support the less fortunate and the homeless, ones to support Veterans, ones provided by the Red Cross, etc. People’s reasons for donating differ depending on the person, of course. Some people feel as if it is their civic duty to donate. Some feel as if it is a moral responsibility. Some actually enjoy it. Supporting a charity does not always have to come from monetary givings. A person who is not as fortunate as others in wealth could always volunteer their time as well to show their support. Using what you have and the little things that you are capable of doing is a wonderful way to give to a charity or organization. What’s important is not that you give as much money as you can. It is important that you simply give. What’s important is that we do not forget about people who are less fortunate and people who have more struggle than others.

12/19/2013
New Jersey
June
Rokosny/Warren Hills Regional High School
Despite their gluttonous, ignorant, self -indulgent stereotype, Americans have proven to be some of the world's most generous people. Their giving nature has been integral to the functioning of charities worldwide for decades. While it is important to donate to charities that provide relief for thousands of people, they distract attention from broader problems. Each year Americans can be expected to donate over 300 billion dollars to charity, however only 30 billion dollars are needed to end world hunger for a year. Charities are important, and Americans are generous, but money is not being spent in the correct ways. If someone is unable to donate money, hope is not lost. He or she can donate their time, energy, resources, and enthusiastic mentality to any cause they deem deserving. There is an enormous wealth of resources to be given and an even greater amount of people that would like to be the recipients of this generosity. It is in the hands of the individual to facilitate this process.

12/19/2013
Washington, NJ
Sandhyaa
Mrs. Rokosyn
I feel charity organizations do not actually give all that they can. Most big organization you see take a big chunk of money they receive and use it to just fund the organization and have the people at the top start to benefit out the money they are supposed to be giving to the needy. The smaller charities are better, in my opinion . I think the best kinda of charities are ones that are close to home and dosen't just require you to give money but requires the individual to time and effort so you can see where it is going.

12/19/2013
Washington/NJ
Pamela
Rokosny/Warren Hills
I believe it is highly important for people to donate. If an individual cannot donate, I would hope that they would find another way to help their community, like volunteering. Helping neighbors in times of need is just as important as donating. Natural disasters are an unavoidable occurrence and to get past them, donations and volunteers are incredibly important. The smallest donation or act can help anyone out, so there is no reason for people not to donate or volunteer. When Hurricane Sandy hit in New Jersey last year, those who donated money or volunteered became the heroes of other American citizens. The world is a better place because of those who act to help others in crisis.

12/19/2013
Washington/NJ
John
Rokosny/Warren Hills Regional High School
This time of year I pass volunteers who mumble, "Would you like to donate to..." to me for what must be the thousandth time that day they say it, but admittedly I don't donate to them. Charitable giving to me is not just give money because honestly I don't have much to give financially. I know the charities out there are mostly in the best interests for those they work for. For me, I support charities that support our veterans most importantly The Wounded Warrior Project. This charity is my all-time favorite charity that I try my best to support. Though I can't donate money to them, I do my best to support them by "liking" them on Facebook, sharing their Facebook posts and events to expand their audience they are trying to reach. If one out of every twenty times I "share" or "like" a social media post that The Wounded Warrior Project creates gets someone else to learn about the foundation then it is in my hope that I have indirectly donated to the cause by getting other people who can financially donate to do so. Other ways I support charities such as an MS charity helping to fund research for a cure to MS, is by paying a small fee to run in their annual MS Mud Run - a fun filled event that benefits everyone involved. Donating is crucial because I believe it is not the government's job to send financial aid to those who need it such as our returning wounded heroes, and so the responsibility falls in our hands as citizens to help other citizens especially those who fight to protect us.

12/19/2013
Washington/NJ
Danielle
Rokosni/Warren Hills
My family does tend to support charities and nonprofits and considers donating money and time to be important activities. The majority of our donations are made in cash to branches that we encounter in everyday life. For example, every year I go Christmas shopping at Willowbrook Mall. The Macy's store there always has a stand for a veteran's association and every year I place money in the donation bucket. When our fire department has their annual collection, my parents and I drop money in the boots they hold out to passing cars. My family also donates to St. Jude's Children Hospital. Besides this, I volunteer at Habitat for Humanity and the therapeutic riding program at Centenary College. For people who cannot donate large amounts of money, volunteering time is a rewarding alternative.

12/19/2013
Washington, NJ
Aubrey
Mrs. Rokosny/Warren Hills Regional High School
My family and I are very supportive of the Salvation Army and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. In my opinion, it's very important to donate to these charities because their purpose is to help those who are less fortunate and families that are going through tough times. The Salvation Army supports adult rehabilitation and Susan G. Komen raises money to find a cure for breast cancer, which has affected my family in a huge way. My mom actually had breast cancer. If you can't afford to give money, you can volunteer to help these organizations. For the Salvation Army, you can bell ring at local stores at Christmas time, which I have been lucky to do for the past 4 years. It's a lot of fun, and a lot of people donate because the Salvation Army is such a good cause. For Susan G. Komen this past year, my sister and I were fortunate enough to run in the race in New York City and raise money to hopefully find a cure for breast cancer. I think charities are important in this day and age, and I feel as though people should donate to charities that are near and dear to their lives, which for me are those charities that support cancer and veterans.

12/19/2013
Washington/New Jersey
Dahlia
Rokosny/Warren Hills
I think everyone should donate, and not just during the holidays. Giving things to the less fortunate should be year-round. Whether you are donating a few dollars or a few hundred dollars, every donation counts. You can donate canned foods or, during the holidays, you can give gifts to children who do not have the luxury to receive gifts from family. If you cannot afford to give money, you can always donate your time and effort. You can volunteer and participate in organizations that help others. Donating is an important part of the society that displays the generosity that we have as Americans. If you put yourself in the shoes of the less fortunate, you will see how every donation can make a huge difference in somebody's life.

12/19/2013
Washington nj
Spencer Torre
Mrs. Rokosny
I do support domestic charities. It is good for Americans to help one another through tough times. Although i do not believe in foreign relief charities. we have many problems of our own and many people right here in America starve so i would rather put my money towards domestic pursuits. i work at a shoprite in Mansfield NJ. at that Shoprite we focus our attention on a charity called partners in caring who helps fight hunger in the community surrounding the store. i support and have donated to this organization because they are helping our own communities.

12/19/2013
Washington/ NJ
Ryan
Rokosny/ Warren Hills
Supporting charities is one of the most basic functions of every American's Civic Duty, whether it is to a major cause like the Typhoon in the Philippines or the red cross or maybe something more local like the local food pantry or my favorite giving time to local organizations like youth sports. There are a million ways to give, but what I have found is that these organization are in more need of time than money and for a high school student like myself time is much easier to give than money. Another thing I have noticed is that people tend to give more after a disaster or around the holidays, but the rest of the year is when these organizations need the most help, and the money . All in all i would say Americans like to give, which is great, but they need to give more time than money and not wait for a disaster to give to a big cause.

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