i'm about 80% poorer now than i ever was as a jw. but i've given more than i ever did back then.. go figure.
i mainly stick to local people who have needs. because what i can give is seriously just a pittance.
we've had people in our neighbhorhood who's home has burned down, a young man 32 died suddenly of liver cancer without insurance and i gave a little for his burial and to help his widow and two kids..there have been a couple of children with cancer and neighbors collected funds to help house their parents near the hospitals the kids were in etc.. stuff like that.
only time i gave to the red cross was a few times after katrina and after a tornado hit near us and destroyed a bunch of houses.
a local church helped us get air conditioning and build a wheel chair ramp.. i give a bit to them when they do their xmas collection drive.
i would rather be hands on giving assistance but circumstances dont allow. i admire the heck out of all of you who are actively helping others!