|Donations Wanted For Everything|
Does it get used for what you thing it does?
Maybe there are people trying to get you to sign up for voting in an upcoming election. Many also want you to sign some petition. Maybe they are telling you the truth about the petition and maybe they have some hatched-up story, just to get your signature on something not even related to what you are being told. After all, most of these signature gatherers are paid so much per signature they collect.
Many times, there are people from a local religious group inviting people to attend their church, or perhaps they are offering you religious literature. Do you ever donate to any of these people, or listen to anything they may have to say?
By The Fire
Some people are truly homeless due to circumstances beyond their control, while others actually prefer life on the streets. Others, are homeless because they are too lazy to look for work, or due to spending their money on drugs or alcohol. I have actually met people from just about every category mentioned herein.
When I entered the store, there was a tall, slender black may asking for donations for the homeless. I told him, that I was sorry, but I wasn't very far from being homeless myself. Living on social security, and with rising prices of everything from gas to utilities, and groceries, and such, things were pretty tight for me, already.
When I exited the store, he asked me again. I certainly think he remembered me, an older, gray-haired lady, who had just passed him only a few minuted before. He was polite, but appeared to have a little attitude, so after I deposited my bag in my car, I went over to talk with him.
I explained that I almost never donate to anyone requesting donations, but that I do help individuals I know actually need help, such as a gentleman who is ill, recuperating from Cancer, and trying to eat as well and as healthy as he can on his limited income. His mobility is a battery operated chair, and he has to ride the bus nearly all day to see his doctor who is in another city about forty miles away.
We talked for about fifteen minutes. He was very polite, but I could see that within, he was angry about his circumstances. He said that he wanted to continue his education and get a job that he was interested in, such as pharmacy, or some related field. He said that he felt, and maybe rightly so, that many people did not wish to donate because he was black.
However, many people who did donate, while I was standing there, certainly were not black. Some were oriental, hispanic, as well as caucasian. He apparently had done this for awhile, and said it helped to cover his room and board at the shelter. Yet, he did not seem to be aware that many, if not most people just don't donate to anything. Maybe they are concerned about the money not going for the stated purpose, or possibly, they either just don't care, or can't really stretch their money very far these days. I have heard many people say they don't donate to things, because they just get tired of seeing these people outside places where they shop, and do not wish to encourage them.
A few people dropped very little into his glass fishbowl, or into his locked military-style steel box, and asked if they could have one of the pens that were on the table, imprinted with the name of the charity, which in this case, provides living facilities for homeless, ex-military.
I gave this young man my blog information, as well as one of my E-Mail addresses. I do hope he contacts me, as I think I may actually have information which may help him have more hope for his future.
|Helping a neighbor|
is a good thing
How many people actually check out charities, to see what portion of their donations go to administrative costs, and how much actually goes to their "cause.?"