The art of giving
Donating money is not the only way to help the needy. Being a secondary school student, I have no income or savings but this has not stopped me from giving a helping hand to underprivileged people.
I take part in charity walks, donate various items, and teach students from poor families for free.
The more people there are at charity walks, the more donations there will be. This means there's more money to be distributed among the poor. Besides, walking is good for our health.
We can also donate reusable items, such as clothes, stationery and furniture. Then there will be less wastage and this is good for the environment.
Moreover, we can offer free lessons for kindergarten and primary students from low-income families who cannot afford to hire professional tutors. By teaching others, we gain a sense of achievement and satisfaction.
I strongly recommend teenagers learn the art of giving through means other than simply donating money given by their parents.
Tracy Wong Chui-chi, Carmel Secondary School
From the Editor
Thank you for your letter, Tracy. While, of course, charities and the underprivileged are in dire need of financial support, sometimes donating money is not the best way to help them. As you have learned, giving goods such as clothes can be useful, or setting yourself a challenge and raising sponsorship is another great way to help out.
But charities don't just need material goods. Many organisations need help simply with paperwork or sorting through storage areas. Sometimes they just need somebody to answer the telephone or help clean so that the actual staff can get on with their job of helping the needy.
Giving, whether it's money, time or physical labour, of course helps the recipient. But it is also beneficial for the giver - when you help another person, you soothe your own soul.
Karly, Deputy Editor