Think seasonality when you’re giving items to the local charity of your choice. Seasonality refers to what you yourself might need if you were struggling, because you’d lost your job, or were plagued by addiction which you simply seemed unable to beat. As the seasons change, so too do the needs of the downtrodden. Obviously they need help in any season, but the question arises as to what makes the best donation.
Coats are a wonderful thing. It’s not just homeless people out there that need to bundle themselves in several coats that you need to picture. There are children whose parents aren’t as responsible as yours were, or as well providing as you have become. The season of giving shouldn’t be a time to think about how people don’t measure up, or have shortcomings, or are even addicted to drugs, alcohol, or many other vices which are available in the modern world. It’s just time to think about the fact that many people cannot care for themselves as well as others. Staying warm is essential to comfort and health, and a big, warm coat is one of the best ways to achieve that. Hats and gloves also help, as do scarves, sweaters, and other bulky, thick clothing. To a person for whom the heating bill is a major expense, being able to dress warmly is more important than for others.
But it’s not just cold weather that requires special clothing. The blazing heat of summer requires just the opposite to help people prevent heatstroke, sunstroke, and a host of other heat related concerns. By being able to dress in shorts and a shirt that allows for maximum cooling, those who also struggle to pay for air conditioning can have at least some relief. Trading in thick winter clothing for thin, cooling summertime materials is an important ability. So give generously of each season’s clothing selections.