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This world we live in is not perfect. It is never going to be and there will never be the perfect time to give of some of your time or money. Despite the economic rises and falls and your own finances, the reality is that when you give, you help others in need.

AnswerFirst Cares and its partners encourage you to make a contribution of time or money. If you are fortunate, contributing your time and money can have a double impact. What many people have come to realize throughout their years of philanthropy, is that often giving to others fills a void in their own lives.

Many times when we help others in need, we experience a feeling of satisfaction and pleasure. Scientific studies by the National Institutes of Health have proven that pleasure centers are activated in the brain while giving. Along with the pleasure, giving can also help bring more meaning to our lives.

When you connect with a charity through giving of money and time, you create moments to meet individuals who can inspire you and infuse your life with greater meaning. So, if you have been stuck in a rut, try giving some of your time and/or money. It may do the trick.

Giving can also promote generosity in your children, family and friends. Letting your friends and family know of your donations may prompt them to find causes of their own to support. As for your children, when they see firsthand your gift of money and time, they may adopt a habit of giving when they grow up.

AnswerFirst Cares and its partners realize that every little bit matters. It doesn’t take a gift of $10 thousand to make a difference in a person’s life. If only a few dollars or an hour of your time is all you have to give, the impact you have on someone’s life can be immense. And, at the end of the day, you may have broadened your own horizons.

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