Too often in our rush to help we take our no longer wanted things and gift them to agencies that don’t need them. Sometimes we even buy new things for those affected by a disaster because we think people need them. This has been on my mind recently because we’re in holiday mode and I have request sitting on my desk for school supplies for children affected by Hurricane Sandy.
The first thing I wondered was do children affected by Sandy really need school supplies or do they and their parents need something else, something more valuable? I wonder the same thing about giving toys for Christmas. Yes, children love toys, but maybe what a family needs is for someone to pay the electric bill for three months, or help with medical expenses, or provide some other need.
Over at Mybrownbaby.com, a social services veteran provides solid advice for holiday giving. First things first, call and ask what’s needed. That’s good advice for giving at all times. Even if you think someone you know really needs something, a simple conversation may prove otherwise. Enjoy!