Charity and Benevolence. Last evening's fund raiser for the victims of Kerala Floods, that left many dead, injured and crippled for life, that caused so much of damage of property and lives and that made humanity to help in whatever way, made me think what prompts us to make a donation? Donations can be in any form- cash or kind, blood, body organs, labor in any which way to help those in need of help caused by any mishap. Is it pure act of compassion? Or is it other than and more than an act of compassion? Let us examine. Our first reaction is will the donation reach the intended beneficiary. What is the guarantee? And then : - I must do it because I am a responsible human being and/or - I must do it because the God said to offer a portion of my meal to Him (as Ahuti in the Yagna) before I take it. -I must do it because others are doing. -I must do it because it will reward me in my next life. -I must do it because it's an opportune time to get rid of my junk-clothes, books, blankets etc. - I must do it because it's deductible in income tax - I must do it because I can tell the whole world. In most cases the beneficiary will never know the donors. But that does not matter. Whatever be the reason, charity is always welcome. There are however situations where the beneficiary is obliged for life. I was told about a nurse who donated blood to save a mother's life in a dangerous delivery as no other option could be explored. Imagine yourself as one on a bed in a hospital receiving blood from another person on a bed next to you. Charity is not all about benevolence but it is always welcome. 75000 dollars were collected and will reach the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.