Monday, June 3, 2013
Don't Call Me, I'll Give Where I Want by Paty Jager
This month's topic is bittersweet for me. I love to give, but after witnessing my father donate away his life savings, I have learned to keep it small and only donate to the things I am most passionate about.
Having lost my mom to cancer, I always donate when the grocery store is doing a fundraiser for the Cancer Society. I also donate if they are running any charity event and collecting money. Memorial weekend, I donated and garnered a poppy from military personnel at the Fred Meyer store.
I drop coins in the slots of donation cans on counters. I buy children's coats, pj's, and shoes that are on clearance and take them to the area stores who collect for foster kids. And I give money to the local 4-H program that I volunteered at for over 20 years and was part of the staff for eight years. During my time as a leader, my sewing club made lap quilts for the residents of a local nursing home.
Donating in these ways that are harder to track keeps me from being hounded by organizations, I don't have as strong a desire to support. I detest being pestered. If I am pestered it's a sure bet the organization won't get anything. But by dropping my donations a little at time for the charities I want to help, I feel I'm doing my small part and not sacrificing money my husband and I need.
Giving is one of my greatest joys and knowing that I have kept a child warm or perhaps helped with finding a cure, then I'll gladly give a little when the mood strikes me and not when someone calls to fancy talk me into something I don't want to do.
Do you have a favorite charity?