Let Your Fingers Do the Giving

Occasionally, one of my almost-daily good deeds will involve the changing of hands of some quick, hard cash. That can mean dropping a few coins into the palm of a panhandler (although, judging by my track record, I’m far more likely to hand over a granola bar or banana. And yes, I frequently travel with same). But it can also mean giving bigger bucks to a charity. I know you’re all doing it, too. According to the latest Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, a healthy majority of Canadian teens and adults – 84 percent – donate money to charity at least once a year.

Technology today makes the process of financial donation fast and pain-free. You can do it online, over the phone, or even with a brief text. (Yes, I’m still talking about financial donations.) PLAN Canada, whose international work my family supports, recently posted this announcement on Facebook: “You can now make $5 donations for Pakistan flood relief by texting HOPE to 30333. Texted donations are eligible to be matched by the Government of Canada until Sept 12, 2010. Even a small donation can help.”

So text or upload your contribution within the next two weeks, and your efforts are guaranteed to be doubled. Darned good odds, I’d say.

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