Charities are not an ethical trash can. A starving family doesn’t need an XXX-L grey shirt, laden with mysterious stains, or a toddler’s Halloween costume. They need practical things, and the only realistic way they’re going to get them is by others sending money. Money buys food, it buys medical supplies, and stimulates the local economies. My wife and I sorted through bag after bag of useless things people sent to Sri Lanka, after the tidal wave struck, when a few bucks could have gone a long way.