DEAR HARRIETTE: I gave away my clothes to a local church over the holiday season, and it was one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. I know I cannot give away my all of my clothes to the homeless, but I am interested in being more charitable in the New Year and I do not know where to start. -- Wanting to Do More, Brooklyn, N.Y.
DEAR WANTING TO DO MORE: Thank you for your generosity. I am certain that deserving people in need benefited from your offerings. It is true that being charitable invokes great feelings. It is part of the cycle of life that we give and receive in order to have a well-rounded existence.
Your next step may be to give your time. Look around at local charitable organizations, including the church where you donated your clothes. Find out where the needs are and then assess which of those needs best fit your personality. You may be able to help serve food at a shelter, deliver food to the homebound or stuff envelopes for an upcoming charity fundraiser.
Nonprofits appreciate when people give their time and effort, especially in the cold weather months. Best of all, your efforts will continue to bring you joy.