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Have you ever done it, If so how much?
Do you refuse to do it? If so why?

Please try not to lie, no one really cares if you're a goody goody or not.
Through the years I've given bit's here and there to different charities, often it was the NSPCC never very much. More often than not it was tobeggars or down and outs.

Here in the Philippines the street people often beg. The cripples and outcasts of society along with those who just have the misfortune of being on the dark side of poverty. The knack of saying no when they tap on the car window at the traffic lights is to simply tap back at them.

What's really funny is that half the kids are as fat as fat kids. Many look like they've eaten their siblings. After you tap the window they move on to the next car. When I first got here, I would give anyone who tapped (I was the original foreigner) a few coins. Pretty soon the weekly give was mounting up and it was a ball ache, always scrabbling for change.

Giving feels good, it felt good but it didn't take long for them (the street people) to spot my car from a mile away. I'd pull up at the lights and all of a sudden my has 40 legs attached. Now I don't give, I just tap the window and carry on talking or listening to the radio. In truth I just ignore them. Oh now and again if one of them sticks out enough to feed my guilt I'll give them a few coins but no more en masse.

Now what I do is pick one street vendor out and give anything I give to him. At Xmas he gets a larger amount, I buy what he sells even if I don't want it. every time I get back from the UK I give him some kind of medication, usually inhalers because they cost a fortune here. and that's about it for me.
We can't make everyone happy so we just try and put a smile on one persons face, and the guy really does smile.

Does it make me mean that I can ignore the hungry and poverty ridden here. I don't feel mean.
i heard many years ago that with oxfam only 5 pence in the pound actually went to a cause. the rest was used for wges and administration costs. it must have changed by now (i hope)
i give in the spur of the moment,usually thinking it could have been me sitting there,how lucky i am being born when and where i was.
i think many of us are wired the same way.
but it' got a bit too much so now i have a designated begger lol.
joking aside. i actually feel one person is a little better off for more than just few minutes.

mrmod

Donating that doesn't always have to be money. Keep that in mind.
good point dan.

sometimes when we go to macdonalds or a restaurant we bring out whats left (sometimes a lot) and give it to the street people. (not as often as we maybe should though Sad )
but now i'll make more of an effort. i always give my clothes to a person and not a shop.
Where I live in rural B.C., Canada, we don't have any homeless people ... which I am most thankful for.
If someone experiences great loss due to fire there is an out pouring of giving from community members. The same sort of thing happens if someone becomes ill/injured and cannot work.
Within our grocery store there is always available a food hamper which we give to.
As Velvetfog shared, mainstream charity organizations use large amounts of revenues on internal administration costs.

Analysis: Here, are the most accurate figures for the above-listed executives. (as of 2003)

•Marsha J. Evans, President and CEO of the American Red Cross, was paid $468,599 in salary and benefits in fiscal 2003. (Source: BBB Wise Giving Alliance)

•Brian Gallagher, President and CEO of United Way, was paid $432,709 in salary and benefits in fiscal 2003. (Source: Charity Navigator)


•W. Todd Bassett, National Commander of the Salvation Army, was paid (along with his wife, who also works for the organization) $94,091 in salary and benefits in 2003 (including house and car). (Source: Fayetteville Observer)

Check this out also .... unbelieveable!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CVco2G6pys

altezon

(08-26-2010, 03:50 PM)kath3 Wrote: [ -> ]Check this out also .... unbelieveable!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CVco2G6pys

The story's about an alleged scam, but the story itself is the scam. Smile

(08-26-2010, 04:34 PM)altezon Wrote: [ -> ]
(08-26-2010, 03:50 PM)kath3 Wrote: [ -> ]Check this out also .... unbelieveable!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CVco2G6pys

The story's about an alleged scam, but the story itself is the scam. Smile

o.k thanks altezon ... I had recieved it as an email. Being it was aired on "Real Stories" I thought it was legit.

where i lived in the uk homelessness wasn't a prob though it was in a large part of the uk.
here is completely different. if you gave to everyone who came round the car in a month 25 cents. you'd have handed out more than your wages.

mrmod

Up where I live it isn't too common to see a homeless person. You do seem them, just not very often...
last week we done a gig for charity for sick children,very worthy cause
(09-09-2010, 02:55 AM)DUBLIN5 Wrote: [ -> ]last week we done a gig for charity for sick children,very worthy cause
I was looking for an update on SB. How did it go?

(09-09-2010, 03:20 AM)kath3 Wrote: [ -> ]
(09-09-2010, 02:55 AM)DUBLIN5 Wrote: [ -> ]last week we done a gig for charity for sick children,very worthy cause
I was looking for an update on SB. How did it go?

http://pigpenpoetry.com/showthread.php?tid=1604

there ya go Wink

(09-09-2010, 02:55 AM)DUBLIN5 Wrote: [ -> ]last week we done a gig for charity for sick children,very worthy cause
there things i think people can relate to. i saw the thread over at sb as well as kath.
good for you dubs Wink

(09-09-2010, 05:55 AM)billy Wrote: [ -> ]
(09-09-2010, 02:55 AM)DUBLIN5 Wrote: [ -> ]last week we done a gig for charity for sick children,very worthy cause

there things i think people can relate to. i saw the thread over at sb as well as kath.
good for you dubs Wink

good for sick children also/remember they think being sick is normal part of life

that's true. it's also true of people who live in real poverty.
to them its normal to go hungry.
exactly