Almsgiving is tied closely with fasting. Whatever
we give up, the money we save should go to the needy. It should be given
away to the missions, the Church, or a worthy charity. In a family with
small children it helps to make this a visual practice by, for example,
having a jar or box in the center of the table as a reminder and measure
It is also considered "almsgiving" to give
one's time and goods to those who are in need, i.e., donating time for
a soup kitchen, giving clothes to charity, visiting the shut-ins, driving
those without transportation and other similar practices.
The earthquake in Haiti provides us with a good opportunity
to donate money saved from our self-denial to those who have lost what
little they had.