The prophet (صلى عليه و سلم) was considered the most generous person, especially when it was during the month of Ramadan [Riyad as-Salihin].
If you’re following our envelope system, donating to charity not only becomes easy, but it can be a family effort as well. Every time you dip into you envelope to purchase groceries with cash, don’t store the pocket change you get in your car. Instead, take it home and store it in a jar that’s dedicated to charity (sadaqah).
When the jar is full, count the change and take it to your local supermarket and feed it though one of those coins-to-cash machines. Take the cash that you receive to your local masjid and you can do one of two things. You can either donate the money towards charity, or you can ask them for one needy person in the community and take him/her grocery shopping with that cash.
This will not only teach you but will teach your kids the value of giving back to the needy/poor.
Here’s the jar that my family uses:
We counted almost $40 at the time of this post, and the jar isn’t even half full yet.
Giving charity should be a family event, especially during the month of Ramadan.