TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The season of giving is in full swing, but it’s easy to feel stretched thin as you're making your charitable donations. Many folks across the Wabash Valley are trying to balance charitable giving can be a challenge.
Marsha Stalcup says, “You know, I try to give a little extra this time of year anyway."
Stalcup considers herself a cheerful giver. But even she recognizes the whirlwind of giving opportunities in front of her.
Stalcup says, "A lot of the charities are of course giving their big push right now. So I think it does seem kind of overwhelming. Because you get you know very frequent email and phone solicitations you know, as well as personal stuff."
Nationwide, individuals gave more than $281 billion dollars to charities in 2016. But think about it, you personally can't give to them all, or you'd go broke!
Julia Harrington says, "The Salvation Army in front of stores I usually give to and causes like that. We also give canned goods to the local food pantries."
Harrington is a waitress, and a single mom of two. She could easily forego giving, but she says that's not where her heart is at.
She says, "I give where I can, and usually I’m the person that will put a few quarters in there and then I’m a server, so I have a lot of change. So I would do that. I’m that person, especially around the holidays."
Officials say to try not to let giving stress you out, as it's supposed to be a joyous act from the heart. Luckily, that's the stance Harrington has decided to take.
The mom says, "Not everybody has the change to give, it's just the days that you do, you do. It's supposed to be a selfless act and if you feel that there's anything that you're gaining from it, it takes the shine out of the holidays."
Officials say something to keep in mind is if monetary donations are not an option for you, time can be just as valuable.