I have always been a believer, in helping the less fortunate when I can.
This year, I feel like being Scrooge!
Our company usually "adopts" 2 families at Christmas. After having my
company not matching my 401, it was a hit to me. Same with having wages
frozen for 2 years, and having to take 10 days per year not paid, plus
giving up 5 personnel days a year. I'm short 3 weeks pay, plus no 401
Our "boss" said the families we adopted needs cash. WTF?? I have some extra
food I can share, and a couple of new sweaters I'm willing to provide. My
boss says this is unacceptable. The families need to have cash, so they can
buy for their children. I have no idea what the money will go for, drugs
maybe? Besides, I don't have extra cash.
I contacted the Red-X. Said I have food & some new clothes to donate. They
said they have plenty of food & clothes, they need cash. This is no joke,
they actually told me this!
Helping the less fortunate? Since when have people decide what they will
accept as gifts? Bah Humbug, I don't need this crap.
There are charities that will take clothes and food. I know Purple
Heart Veteran takes clothes, and the food bank takes food.
Most of us have suffered in these times, some more than others, but
remember that the most meaningful gifts are those from people who can't
afford them; gifts from the rich aren't really much of a sacrifice.
although you have to admire some of the rich, such as Warren Buffet, who
leave their fortunes to charities.
I'll disagree. The worthiness of charity depends on the worth to the person
receiving it, not the motivation, abilities, or sacrifice of the giver.
Further, the poor can't provide as much charity as the more affluent. You're
right about Buffet, but more good is done, and quicker, when the charity is
dispensed during the giver's lifetime. Bill Gates is one such example (but
recently Buffet joined the Gates Foundation).
In the 13th Century, Maimonides ranked 13 kinds of charity. Second from the
top was an anonymous giver providing help to an anonymous recipient. At the
very bottom was a penurious contributor reluctantly, loudly, and publicly
giving a token amount to an embarrassed poor person.
The highest form of charity according to Maimonides? Providing a loan to a
poor person so he could start a business!
Many, many years ago, on PBS, F. Lee Bailey (in his youth) interviewed H.L.
Hunt, a wealthy Texas oil man and Bailey asked the proverbial "are you still
beating your wife" question: "Mr. Hunt, the history of this country is
filled with examples of the wealthy sharing their largess with the public.
One only has to think of the Carnegies and the Fords to see examples of how
they've used their great wealth to help mankind. Why is it you've never seen
fit to share your bounty with the less fortunate?"
Old man Hunt looked at Bailey as if Bailey had just eaten a bug. "I use my
money to give people something more important that a pretty picture to look
at in some damned museum. I use my money got give 'em a JOB!"
On Sun, 13 Dec 2009 23:04:27 -0500, "Stormin Mormon"
Recently, I saw a bumper sticker saying "If you love Jesus, Tell
Someone", I felt it should be "If you Love Jesus, SHUT UP". That's
because of the THOUSANDS of people who won't ("holy verbal diarrhea").
I heard a single mother needed a computer to work on his courses to
upgrade herself. Since I had a few desktops and laptops I could spare,
I offered a P4 3.3 MHz desktop with a LCD monitor, network card, etc.
She did not want it and said she only wants laptop. So I offered a IBM
Thinkpad T42 laptop. She did not want it either. Reason? it has too
small hard drive and no DVD writer. I don't think people like this are
not in need, they want this and that. Hell with it.
There are people like that but I can tell you from experience there are
folks who are truly happy to get anything. Don't give up because you
encountered someone with an entitlement mentality. Often people who
really need help (medical problems, wife left with little kids after
husband dies etc) are too embarrassed to come forward.
It is also better to work with the local charitable organizations
instead of the mammoth ones.
On Sat 12 Dec 2009 06:54:45p, Tony Hwang told us...
I guess the expression, "beggars can't be choosers", is no longer in the
I can barely meet my bills and may be facing bankruptcy by the middle of
2010 if things don't improve.
I have things I could give to those who might need them, but they want to
choose and pick.
As far as I'm concerned, charity begins at MY home!
~~ If there's a nit to pick, some nitwit will pick it. ~~
Years ago when my sister moved to LA she encountered a number of homeless
people on a certain street. One man had a sign he'd work for food. She
went in the store and bought him a sandwich. When she gave it to him, the
guy promptly threw it in the trash bin. A few other homeless people jumped
at the bin for the food.
The new thing now, is for somebody to approach you at a gas station and ask
for money. The fake reason they give is their car broke down up the
street. A woman asked me for $5. When I told her No, she kept standing
there and again I told her No, this time very strongly. What was going
thru my mind, is she going to attack me. Well, I still was pumping gas so
it crossed my mind to spray her with the gasoline if she tried to jump me.
Luckily she walked away and asked everyone else at the station.
You can always have some fun with them by acting crazy. I've had urban
campers approach me while I was walking down a sidewalk and when they
start talking, I will cock my head like a dog listening to its master,
do the crazy eyes bit and start screaming "EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!" while
walking toward with my arms and fingers outstretched like I'm going
to touch them. Walking stiff legged can enhance the effect and the
behavior can often send them running. There are lots of other things
I do to them to amuse myself.
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