Have you ever had something that you really wanted and were getting ready to purchase, and instead of doing so you gave the money to some needy person? Have you ever considered taking a prized possession and selling it, and give the money to an institution that you believe in?
A friend of mine down sized their home, so that they could give to an orphanage. If you want to read more about this story go to this link at The Columbus Dispatch.
To do something generous like this is really good for helping others, and the giver benefits in secret indescribable ways; they experience true joy and contentment. Things we buy may provide some personal comfort and fun but by taking the road less traveled and giving up things we experience more than the normal life can provide. Food for thought.