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Better To Give Than Receive


December 14, 2017

Better To Give Than Receive

With the holiday season upon us and Christmas Eve just 10 days away, the adage “It’s better to give than receive” is quite appropriate. In fact, helping one’s fellow man, particularly those who are less fortunate, is one of the foundational tenets of Christianity.

There are basically three ways to give: donate money, items or time. Many organizations prefer monetary donations because it allows them to address a wide variety of needs with greater efficiency. They can assist in paying people’s bills, such as for heating bills and car repairs. The organizations themselves may need funding to pay for their own overhead.

Items, particularly warm clothing and food, are welcomed at this time of year. But people should check with agencies ahead of time to see if they are accepting particular items because they may have a glut of one item but face serious shortages of other items.

Donating one’s time is also valuable, but, again, it’s best to check with organizations ahead of time to see if they need more assistance or not.

When it comes to making contributions, residents have two avenues: donate to umbrella organizations, such as the United Way, Transylvania Endowment, Transylvania County Schools Educational Foundation, etc. or to individual agencies.

The umbrella organizations receive applications from individual organizations, or in the case of the TCSEF from teachers. They then appropriate their funding based on areas of greatest need and efficient use. The United Way tries to fund nonprofit organizations that collaborate with each other, thus eliminating duplication of efforts and saving resources. Since its inception in 1998, The Transylvania Endowment has made 93 grants to 45 organizations totaling $897,824. This year it is giving $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Club to purchase an additional bus to transport high school members to the new teen center; $18,850 to Neighbors in Ministry to help fund the director of development for Rise & Shine; and $18,900 to Free Rein so that the therapeutic riding center can expand its offerings to chidren and adults.

Donors also can contribute directly to organizations and causes. There are nonprofit organizations here for almost every aspect of life: arts and music (TC Arts Council, Brevard Music Center, Transylvania Choral Society), education (AAUW, TCSEF, Rise & Shine), youth (Boys & Girls Club, Transylvania Youth Strings), veterans (VFW, American Legion), civic, (Rotary, Lions, Civitan), historical (DAR, Transylvania County Historical Society), the less fortunate (Sharing House, Bread of Life), etc. These are just a handful of organizations that benefit greatly from donors. (A more complete list may be found on this paper’s website under Community Resources or in the printed editions under clubs and organizations.)

One way to combine giving and receiving is to adopt a pet from the local Animal Shelter. The Animal Shelter benefits by receiving a roughly $100 fee. Adults and children receive a pet that has been vaccinated, spayed and neutered, and tested for common diseases. Both pet and owner benefit each other.

There are still a few days left before Christmas. Consider giving to one of the dozens of worthwhile organizations in this community in yours or another person’s name and experience the joy of giving.


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