It’s easy to make mistakes when we think about giving to others. We often get the mindset that the person or organization should be satisfied with whatever we donate. Here are a couple of tips to help ensure become a better giver and what to avoid:

Don't Give What You Ought to Toss Out

Sometimes we need to ask ourselves, “Would I want to receive this for my family?” If not, toss it.  You might try this approach and when you're giving, try to think of the recipient as a family member that is in need of a hand up not a hand out.

Don't Attach Strings or Conditions to What You Give

When we give freely, we should have no expectations. If we become disappointed with how others receive our gifts, perhaps we should check to see if there are any strings attached.

Don't Give Only When You Want Others To Know It

If we cannot give anonymously at times, maybe our motives aren’t right. Giving should not be a spectator sport.

Receiving a gift can make a person feel loved. It can make a person feel as if they are special. Maybe if we learn how to give as a compassionate community, people will feel this love. And isn’t that what giving is all about anyway?

Merry Christmas to you all, from all of us here at the radio ranch!!