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Charity, Duty of

Charity is the act of giving something of value, usually money, physical property, or time, to a worthy cause or to a person or people in need. Generally, charity is extended to those whom the giver views as less fortunate or those whose cause the individual considers worthy of receiving charity. People living in chronic poverty; people suffering from disease, abuse, or other misfortune; and victims of crime or natural disaster are sometimes viewed as especially deserving of charity. Likewise, those who are unable to care for themselves or who are perceived as vulnerable are also viewed as highly deserving of charity. People with physical, mental, or cognitive challenges; children; the elderly; animals—particularly endangered species; and the physical environment may also be perceived as needing ...

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