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Does charity on Purim have to be "new" donations?

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When giving matanot l'evyonim on Purim, I know that the mitzvah is fulfilled by giving money out on THAT day -- but must it be money that was set aside to be given on that day?

If I have a box and I put money in it during the rest of the year, deciding on, for example, September 28 that the money is "tzedakkah" then can I take the contents of that box that have not yet been distributed and distribute the money on Purim and be yotzei, or does the money have to "become" tzeddakah and be given out of Purim taken from funds that were not already earmarked as charity?

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