“In a word: charity cannot be neutral, antiseptic, indifferent, lukewarm, or impartial! Charity is infectious, it excites, it risks, and it engages!” said Pope Francis to new cardinals in a Mass on February 15, 2015.
That’s exactly what true charity does: When you give of yourself—be it your time, your attention, or your resources—your recipient isn’t the only one who experiences that uplifting feeling of being thought about and cared for. You feel it too, and there is no better feeling than the one you get from knowing someone appreciated what you shared and benefited from it, too.
Charity doesn’t have to be expensive or grand; it can be something as simple as giving away clothes that have been sitting in your closet for years. Holding on to them because you plan to wear them “one of these days?” Just think about the people—from victims of calamities to the abandoned and less-privileged members of society—who can use them today.
Goodwill Industries of the Philippines, Inc. (GIPI)