Meaningful giving

A version of this article appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, January 22, 2018.

What makes a giver?

A lot of heartwarming stories out there would suggest that there’s more to giving than simply dispensing funds. For example, in my community, children celebrating birthdays have asked friends to donate pet supplies to the local animal shelter instead of bringing gifts. And on the global scene, in November, Haiti pledged a donation to other islands hit by hurricanes Irma and Maria—one that’s “almost sacrificial” in the context of the resources Haiti, the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country, has (see editorial on facing page).

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