Giving Donations for a Reasonable Cause
A donation is defined as anything that is given by an individual or a group of people or perhaps an organization that has a purpose of charity in mind or would provide a benefit to the recipient. By its very essence, a donation does not require any form of gift in return. It is therefore, an act of mere kindness. These may include cash donations, clothes (whether brand new or old), toys, service, relief goods (in the case of victims of natural calamities), food, organ donations, blood donations and many more. When someone is ready to donate something to a charitable institution or organization, it is therefore, understood that he or she is whole-heartedly and willing to give that something considering the fact that no benefits will be received after. It is also considered that the greatest form of sacrifice in terms of donating is by giving the thing that you most treasure of for the sake of the betterment of others, since they need it badly that you do. To give something you own to others that probably you do not even know and have not seen at all is really a true act of generosity. However, just like what the Lord Jesus Christ had said, “all of the good things that man has done in the world will properly be given recognition in life after death”. The good deeds that you do into other people will be returned definitely into you at the right time. God encourages man to share his blessings to fewer fortunate individuals. Therefore, the act of giving is a way of the Lord.
In terms of the legal aspect, when we talk about donations, these are gifts needing no consideration in return. Different countries in the whole world vary in terms of how to look at donations in the eyes of the law. Some countries restrict persons occupying a seat in the government office to accept donations in the form of money, especially in very large amounts coming from the business sector or private sector of the society. These will create in a way what we call a conflict of interest that would possibly lead to political instability and conflict between the constituents of a certain country and the political leaders. The individual, group, or organization that is playing the role of giving the donation is what we call as the donor. The one that is playing the role of receiving the donation from the donor is what we call the recipient.
During times of adversities and natural disasters, the role of donors in the community is greatly needed. It is anticipated that the lack of immediate supplies such as food and potable water will be a primary concern. Not only that, things such as clothes, underwear, medicines for people with illness or for those who are on maintenance drug therapy, and evacuation centers will also be considered. Donations with regard to these things will definitely make a significant contribution to the ones affected by the natural calamity. In terms of service, the individuals who can possibly offer their service and donate themselves in the form of volunteer workers, which can help in packing relief goods, distributing donations to the victims and their respected families, and cooking food for the people for them to be able to get passed through the day are actions that are simple but can spell a lot of difference in the community. Offering oneself for the service of the victims of the natural calamity is one way of showing that you care for other people, and you give donations through service for a reasonable cause. You do not only help your own man kind to be able to survive and start once more life even though how hard it is, you also make our Lord Jesus Christ proud of the good things that you have done in this world.
Therefore, to make donations and to do charitable works for your fellow men in the society is a form of sacrifice. There are various ways for a person to be able to donate and there are also various forms of donation that can be given. Let us remember the true essence of donating, which is not a show of wealth but rather a show of kindness. It comes from the heart of the donor and not merely from his pocket. It is display of generosity not a display of one’s money.