Thus far my blog posts have been limited to fairly innocuous topics. This one may stir a few people up. At least, I hope so.
This weekend I've seen several groups standing on street corners or holding "yard" sales soliciting donations for their cause. The one that finally got my bucks was a "feed the children" food drive outside a supermarket in Weatherford, TX. As I walked toward the entrance, a young girl, obviously uncomfortable with the situation, accosted me, explained what they were trying to do, and handed me a short shopping list of preferred food donations. I thanked her and went on into the store.
I did my shopping, and decided to purchase a couple of items for the food drive -- mac & cheese in a box and canned chicken. Then I went over to the bakery and bought a box of lemon cookies for the volunteers.
Today was a chilly and blustery day in this part of Texas. This kind of fund raising is always difficult as so many people are not open to your message. Many people are just plain rude about it. But in poor weather, it's also physically uncomfortable and these volunteers, who could be doing something else with their Saturday, deserve some reward for their efforts.
As I exited, I handed the donations to the adult at the table and then presented her with the cookies for the volunteers. She was genuinely surprised and, I hope, pleased.
I've heard many people complain about fund raisers:
"Well, if I gave to everyone who wants me to contribute, I'd be bankrupt."
No one is asking you to contribute to every charitable organization or every fund raising event. Just find one or maybe two that you can get behind and believe in and support them in any way you can. In my case, my total out of pocket today was $15 because I bought the multi-packs of mac & cheese and canned chicken as well as some nice bakery fresh cookies. I could have purchased less. I might have purchased more. But today, that was what I was comfortable with given my financial situation.
My point is, give. We all need help sometimes. And we are all in a position to help, sometimes. Do what you can, when you can, and don't forget to thank the volunteers who give their time to make the fund raising happen.
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