The act of charity is beneficial in so many different ways. It helps individuals by building their character. It helps the cause which individuals work towards, and it can even assist those uninvolved. If charity is good, then wouldn't the reasons for doing it be good as well? The initiative doesn't matter so long as it results in the welfare of the help is still intact.

During my eight grade year I got in trouble with the police and as a result, had to do twenty five hours community service. Charity was my punishment. Instead of feeling punished though, I felt blessed. It helped me grow as a person and realize that this is what I like to do. I became more interested in helping where I could. Since then I have joined clubs that help the community and now I'm the Vice President for Junior Soroptimist, a club that was created specifically for charity.

Although there are similar clubs to S-Club at most schools, the majority of students aren't usually interested. Instead, they partake in charity in different ways. At Lassen High School there is an annual canned food drive, which goes to feed the less fortunate families in the community. A box is placed in each class and the aim is to get as much canned food as possible. In order to make this drive successful there are many teachers in the school that give out extra credit for bringing in cans. Because of this there are many more cans brought in than if there was nothing exchanged. Though it may seem to take put forth a bad message, it actually puts forth an abstract one. It shows these students that in return for their acts of charity they will get something. These students may not realize it, but when they get those 10 bonus points they're helping someone out in the same way their teacher helped them.

Often times those who profit from charity are those who had nothing to do with it. Take parks for instance. The city in which the park is being made permits it to be constructed and usually volunteers plant the flowers, trees, etc. In turn, children can enjoy playing in the grass. Couples can appreciate the beautiful scenery as they stroll through the park, though they didn't do anything to put it there. All this, as a result of the donation of a person's good will and time.

To determine that charity should be done as a "selfless act"(Cohen) would be counterproductive to the intent. If everyone were to do it because of their selflessness there would much less charity in the world. It wouldn't build character because the traits were pre existing. It wouldn't do much for the cause because there would be much less help, and it wouldn't help those not involved directly because organizations would have to prioritize. Being so short handed would mean only focusing on the important stuff. As long as it helps charity, the reasons as to why one does it is irrelevant.