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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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Your presumption is incorrect. The main thing is to separate it on Purim, not distribute it. See e.g. Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 142:3 ploni‭ about 2 months ago

OK, can I separate it from funds already earmarked as tzedakka or must it be separated from "new" funds? rosends‭ about 2 months ago

What does it mean to separate money from tzedaka and designate it as tzedaka? AA ‭ about 2 months ago

If I have a box that I put change in all year, already having in mind that it is tzeddakah, can I take some of what is already in that box on Purim and set it aside and hand it to a poor person that day, or is the mitzvah the "creation" of new tzeddakah from funds that would otherwise not have been earmarked as charity and give it out on that day. rosends‭ about 2 months ago

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