The big problem with food pantries, churches, etc. that try to help folks out is that they don't have any way to check on just how needy their patrons are. Too many of those on food stamps and other assistance programs spend their day going from one place to another and stocking up on everything available. Then the poor lady who gets off of work and needs help for all of her kids stops by the pantry/church and they are out of everything.Have a older retired couple that live near me and bless their hearts they donate left and right. They donated some nice furniture to a local shelter that has a thrift store that sells donated stuff. After a investigation reportedly revolved around allegations of theft local news rag said that all of the stuff older couple donated went to the workers and top dogs home..free
Just to be a prick.... what about food pantries, yep mailman comes by and picks up can goods and takes to pantry, they get food donated by other means and food hoarders hit them up and the stuff sits until someone throws it away, thats right...I've seen them. Most have money yet still go to every food pantry within six seven counties and hoard food.
I consider Taxes as donation enough, I do help out friends and family if they need help moving outta some place they just got evicted from but thats as far as I'll go!!:rollin:rollin:rollin
I know it brutha!!!The big problem with food pantries, churches, etc. that try to help folks out is that they don't have any way to check on just how needy their patrons are. Too many of those on food stamps and other assistance programs spend their day going from one place to another and stocking up on everything available. Then the poor lady who gets off of work and needs help for all of her kids stops by the pantry/church and they are out of everything.
My company tries that with united way... uhhh... it's a shameMy company used to shame employees into donating a certain percentage of their pay to United Way. I used to donate until I found out the head guy was using hundreds of thousands for personal use and drove around in Limo's.
Maybe the BADD charity did not waste 99% of the money. Maybe they spent it on BEER.
As a general rule, Americans are very generous with regard to charitable donations. This works against us as too many charities/foundations/etc. now hire some organization to do their fundraising--and of course many of the organizations charge exorbitant percentages for their expenses.
I recall several years ago the TV ads for the ASPCA really got to me with the video clips of abused dogs & cats. Called their 800 number one night and gave a cc number for a $100 donation--and I was very clear that the $100 was a ONE TIME gift and I didn't want to sign up for any kind of recurring donation and I didn't want to get on their list to be regularly contacted for additional money. $100 one time that's it. "Oh, yes, Mr. XXXXXXXXXX, we understand perfectly and thank you for your donation" was their reply.
Wasn't a week till I got a tee shirt from them, along with a card I could sign and return for another gift or regular gifts. Bout a week later it was another trinket and card. Then the phone calls started--can't you please help us was the "theme" of the call. On at least 2, maybe 3 of the phone calls I stayed on the line a long time and used up a lot of their time and towards the end of the call explained my $100 one time donation and the reps acknowledgement of my desire to not be contacted again and then, as a finale, told them it would be a very cold day in hell before I would ever send them another dime.
So, I no longer make any charitable gift resulting from a phone or mail solicitation. But last year, just as the weather was turning cold, there was this older guy standing on the side of the intersection--you know the type with a sign saying hungry/cold/no work/etc., or something like that. Made a quick turn into a McDonalds drive through and in 5 minutes I handed the guy a sack full enough to make him a big lunch and have enough left to eat later in the day. And that was about a 10 or 12 dollar donation that I KNOW he wan't going to spend in a liquor store.
I'm not heartless. But I'm tired of being taken advantage of.
Same when I was with Ma Bell, and later with the local school system. They'd also use that, "Don't you want our organization to be 100%...or worse, I was pressured to give my "Fair Share" which ultimately was that straw that broke the back. I started refusing to participate in the campaigns and would donate to individual groups that I knew and trusted, and those are getting harder to find recently.My company tries that with united way... uhhh... it's a shame
We have our regular beggars at the various shopping centers, notably Wally Worlds around the area. Seems a lot of people run out of gas and spent their last dollar on groceries for the kids, and would I help them with a few bucks so they can get home. At the end of the begging day, I have seen them get into Town Cars and very fancy Pickup trucks and even saw one couple heading into a local watering hole after a hard day begging in Pascagoula. Sometimes the urge to punch one of these cretins out is overwhelming.I dont stop to give money to beggers at Walmart and freeway offramps etc. I just cant stand to get ripped off by freeloaders. I know people that have stopped and given them food. I also know people who have offered them jobs and got turned down.
I have done the same.When I get these phone calls, I always tell them that I would love to contribute to their cause, please mail me all pertinent information. I have NEVER gotten anything in the mail for any of those solicitors. Something about mail fraud tends to slow the crap down.