Mahasit Hashekel & Matanot L’evyonim
The Mitzva of Matanot L’Evyonim on Purim is to give a gift at least to 2 different poor people. The custom is to give the equivalent amount of the cost of a meal ($26 for 2 poor people). Yachad Kollel will distribute to needy families on Purim day.
Before or on Taanit Ester we should give Mahasit HaShekel to charity. It is customary to give the equivalent amount of a silver coin (that used to be given in times of Beit HaMikdash) which is $8 for each member of the family.