We would like to commend this organization for its good giving and encourage others to remember for whom they are working.
Sad as it is, abuse does happen among charitable organizations. Abuse can be especially prevalent this time of year as people are more willing to open their wallets and give that extra dollar or buy that extra toy for a needy child. And, many organizations are there to accept that extra dollar, toy or food item, but how can you be sure your gift is received by those who really need it?
Many local churches give to established charities, like the Lois McArn Food Bank or the Connie Maxwell Children's Home, to avoid abusers of the system. Other organizations require people to apply for assistance. While screening people for help may seem "uncharitable," it has become necessary to ensure those who are really in need are being cared for.
As you make out your holiday gift giving list this year, here are several reputable Christmas charity projects: "Standing in the Gap Ministries," "Christmas Joy for Children" and the Cheraw Lions Club's annual Christmas toy and food collection.
One charity function that requires no screening process is Mt. Hebron AME Zion Church's soup kitchen. For those just needing a hot meal, stop by 224 Jersey St., Cheraw, from noon to 2 p.m. every Wednesday through December.
No matter where in the spectrum of goodwill you fall this holiday - the giver, the distributor or the receiver, do not take advantage of others' generosity. It makes us all look bad.