Rabbi Dan Ben Amotze sz"l
The Tzedaka box issue of the Jewish heritage was a very intimate tool to collect dontations on a daily basis. We would see them in many places such as, people's houses, as well as synagogues, in grocery stores or any other place you could think of. These "Tzedaka" boxes were placed in such places that would catch people's attention, and often times were very large pieces. "Tzedaka Tatzil Mimavet" means, "Who repeatedly makes a donation will save the death from himself." In the early 70's a comedian by the name of Dan Ben Amotze played a parody in the form of stand-up comedy. This parody consisted of him giving a eulogy to himself about his un-satisying habbit to make a Tsedaka "dontation." He spoke to his coffin which lays on the stage, "Tzedaka Tatzil Mimavet Ve Ata Amarta Tzochakim." He was looking at his own coffin blaming himself for not making a proper donation at the right time.
In a metaphor for giving a Tzedaka there is a saying that goes "You must donate a small and complete onion, and not a half of a big onion."