Indeed , charity does begin at home and I've found it is rather more difficult to practice beyond the front door . There are several charitable organisations operating in our provincial city here on the Fraser Coast , but it appears they do not require humble donations of pre-loved household furniture unless the goods are in tip top condition. Every household , at random times , replaces furniture or other domestic items . In short , we update , then usually allocate the replaced item to either family or an organisation for distribution to those in need . My wife recently contacted three of our local charities , one of which sent a truck and driver to collect an item of furniture . Imagine our surprise when we were informed the item could not be accepted , as any necessary cleaning or re-upholstering could not be afforded by a recipient of charity. The item , a lounge , was as solid as a rock , with fair to worn upholstery which was marked with the age of usage it had undergone. This experience has left us in a perplexed state...the act of charity is now governed by the finer requirements of those for whom the charity is intended. The matter of the surplus item has now been solved after being gratefully accepted privately , by a young lady moving in to a flat. What do I do now ? My mother's words still ring in my ears ,
" Charity begins at home " she always said . I guess I took the lesson to heart because all of my beliefs in charity have suffered a blow to their credence .