Answered by Sayyidi al-Ḥabīb `Umar bin Hafīẓ (may Allāh preserve him and benefit us by him).
We have been instructed to give charity when tribulation befalls us. What should our intention be in doing so and how should it be done?
The intention should be pleasing the One in Whose hand is the whole affair and following the guidance of His Messenger. We should find the things that are most precious to us and seek out those most in need and give them to them.