11/26/2013 04:19 pm ET

7 Worst Ways To Give To Charity During The Holidays


As we approach the holiday season you might find yourself feeling more grateful, compassionate and charitable than at any other time of year. Now is the time when people eagerly donate that load of clothes taking up space in the basement, or employers begin hosting food drives. But is it possible for such a generous act of goodwill to create more harm than good? When it comes to holiday giving, charities sometimes find themselves overwhelmed by volunteer requests and donations. So before you are overtaken by the giving spirit, there are a few things charities and nonprofits are dying for you to know.