The word charity is originated in late Old English meaning: “Christian love of one’s fellows,” and until the beginning of the 20th century, this meaning remained synonymous with charity. Over time, the meaning of charity has been shifted from “Christian love” to that of “providing for those in need; generosity and giving,” a transition which began with the Old French word charité.
Charitable giving is the act of giving money, goods, food, clothes or time to the unfortunate, either directly or by means of a charitable trust or other worthy cause. Most forms of charity are concerned with providing necessities such as food, water, clothing, healthcare and shelter.
Other actions performed as charity are visiting the imprisoned or the homebound, ransoming captives, educating orphans, even social movements. Donations to causes that benefit the unfortunate indirectly, such as donations to fund cancer research, are also charity.
Charity is doing good to others. However, only a few of them explicitly say they practice charity actively, with some sponsoring underprivileged children to get further education. While the most common perspective of doing charity is by giving money in terms of having “compassion”, “love”, and “responsibility”.