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While you contemplate whether you should donate some money or not, please read these encouraging quotes:

  • “When you give everything and expect nothing in return, only then will you be in a position to gain anything. When you love loving, you give because giving is getting. Giving is a gift unto itself, and when you realize this you understand that you can’t network if you can’t love.” ― Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE
  • “The ‘Muse’ is not an artistic mystery, but a mathematical equation. The gifts are those ideas you think of as you drift to sleep. The giver is that one you think of when you first awake.”    ― Roman Payne
  • “The best gifts come from the heart, not the store.”   ― Sarah Dessen, Lock and Key
  • “I was discovering that the most precious gift someone can give us is time because what gives time its value is death.”
    ― Ingrid Betancourt, Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle
  • A wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver.”  ― Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ
  • “A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.”  ― Seneca, Moral Essays.

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