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Giving to Charity

Giving to Charity

Date: Jan 19 2010

Themes: Holidays

Grammar: Second Conditional Progressive


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Money may not be able to buy happiness, but it can do a lot of good. Thousands of charities and non-profits exist around the world, where you can donate part of your income to a good cause. There are charities that help save children, whales, or trees; charities that support the arts, the schools, or the environment; and even one charity that allows you to buy a water buffalo, llama, goat, or pig for a village in need.

Of course, not everyone can afford to donate to charity. And some people doubt that giving money to a big organization is really the best way to help out. Listen to Marni and Ella talk about what they do to help solve the world’s problems.


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Marni:  Ella, are you someone who donates to charity?

Ella:  I wouldn’t say I donate money because I’m a broke college student, sort of. But I do like to donate my time.

Marni:  Well right. There is sort of that sweat equity.

Ella:  A lot of people see charity and think money automatically, and I was just like, “I can’t do that.” I have to think of something else to do instead.

Marni:  Right, but I think that that’s great that you’re willing to say, “Hey, I don’t have a lot of money, but I can give my time.” I think that time is just as valuable in many cases. There’s certainly lots of things you could give money to. I try to donate a little bit of my income here and there, especially around the holiday season, there’s always tons of food drives and places to donate to locally, different charities and things.

Ella:  For me money is hard to give because you don’t see how it directly affects someone, but when you give away food or clothes you know what that purpose is directly, the cause and effect. But with money it’s like “Who’s in charge, what are they doing with this?” So I always feel uncomfortable giving money, unless, you know…When I see a homeless person and they’re asking for money, I’d rather give him a bag of chips or some water, because I feel better about that ‘cause I know what I did.

Marni:  I think that’s actually a really good idea because then you know exactly…if they’re asking for money for food, you’re giving them food. I think that’s a valid argument. I don’t know, I’ve been trying to give away more, or donate more money if I can. There’s certain organizations I feel passionately about. And, boy, it’s like…I just feel like if I were wealthier, I’d be giving a lot more. This year, I’m not able to give that much. I think I’ll try to donate my time, take your lead.


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Ella and Marni both think it’s important to give back, but they have different ways of doing it. Ella can’t afford to donate money to charity, so she donates her time instead. There are different ways of donating your time, like serving meals to the homeless or helping to build new houses for the poor. For Ella, this is the best way to help out because it has the most direct effect on people.

Marni agrees that it’s important to donate your time, but she also tries to give some of her income to charity. There are some charities that she believes in strongly and wants to support. Sometimes large organizations are capable of doing more with your money than you could do yourself.

Do you donate money to charity? What do you think is the best way to help the world, with time or money?



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hussain mt

hussain mt

Saudi Arabia

Our money is from God (ALLAH), why not donate to the poor part of our money ???

If I have a lot of money I would be giving part of …

Islam has teached our ,that we must sharing the poor our money, food, drink, our feeling, and all thing.


10:08 PM Jan 19 2010 |



 life without  chariy is like a field ithout tree

09:54 PM Jan 19 2010 |




I also think that money is one of a lot of things that makes us happy …

but there are also other things which makes people happy …

07:22 PM Jan 19 2010 |



money ain't happiness, then give me ur money and be happy!!!!

06:58 PM Jan 19 2010 |



Money is not the happiness! But it helps to many things! Giving charities to HONEST People, is the best! And not only money, wee can give them food, clothes.. :) Peace2Every1

06:45 PM Jan 19 2010 |




this kind of action is perfect!but there r lots fakers ,right?and sometimes i will give them the money too。。。。

06:23 PM Jan 19 2010 |


United States

1. We must donate money to those charities which we strongly believe in, or those who work transparently.

2. If someone beg your food, just give him some money; if someone beg your money, just give him some food.

3. Only donate money and time to the people who knows the meaning of "thanksgiving"

05:33 PM Jan 19 2010 |




I think people who can't not afford to donate money, then they should donate their time

and people who can afford it, they should donate money… because I think if everyone donates a little bit then the world would get better


03:32 PM Jan 19 2010 |




Yes, I absolutely go with the idea of helping the people who are in need. Don't just live comfortably alone! When we are more than enough, why don't we look at those who are suffering! Your little amount of money can help them! Now I'm trying to study English with all my best. After I get MA of TEFL, I am going to run a school on my own and help those who are in need of education.When get money from the rich, I can open the school for free to the poor at my hometown….Thanks for everything that God gives me

02:55 PM Jan 19 2010 |

kareena kapor

Saudi Arabia

giving charity is the most important pillar in my religion islam

all muslims have to help poor ppl and orphan child and wayfarers and so on

01:52 PM Jan 19 2010 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

If we look around ourself we will see many people who needs our donate.


07:54 AM Jan 19 2010 |



If everyone donates a little, the world will be better.

06:57 AM Jan 19 2010 |



If everyones donate a little, the world will be better.

06:56 AM Jan 19 2010 |

Rosa Chandra

United States

I try to donate a little bit of my income every month , I have been trying to donate many charities as much as I can. I am happy to help them.

03:56 AM Jan 19 2010 |

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