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As a newly married young woman, I worked at Montgomery Ward in their catalogue department.
My job with adding and subtracting amounts in my head and dividing up the order by our local store and other stores in cities where the rest of the customer’s purchase would be shipped.
After I had worked there a few weeks, my supervisor came to me and informed me that it was expected that I contribute to the organization that was handling charity for our area.
Each employee was not required, but was expected to select a cause or give to the general fund where it would go to where most needed.
Looking over the list, I found Salvation Army and decided that would be my cause so I pledged one dollar each week from my pay. I was earning less than a dollar an hour so in those days a dollar was a nice amount.
My supervisor was pleased as she had obtained a pledge from all her girls in her department.
Today there are many “Good Causes,” but it pays to be careful and deliberate when we give. Are we feathering the nest of the big CEO who heads an organization? Is the group a scam and not really sending your funds to where they said they would?
My monthly missions giving list is long and each missionary has a different agenda.
I do not call these causes, but ministries and I enjoy being a part of them.
At year end I give an annual gift to a variety of military groups and toys for children.
You might ask how I can give to so many and still tithe to my church? The answer was simple for me, and you must discover your own method.
When a group of us retired from my job of 10 years, we were given a “Golden Hand Shake.” It is a monthly amount that is in addition to my retirement check. I decided the Golden amount was a gift from God, so I chose to give it back to God in the form of partial support to a variety of ministries. Usually I add to it from my pension.
It works for me and I do not seek another cause.
You might enjoy a post by Billy Coffey, Pick Your Cause.