Thursday, January 21, 2010
Those of you that have gotten a feel for my personality in the past few years know that I am the first one to help anyone in need. Present a worthy cause and I am on it. I've donated funds to everything from Save the Frogs to covering a fellow blogger's electric bill.
However, I always make sure my help is needed and that I am not simply doing it to give myself a warm fuzzy feeling.
As I pursued Craigslist today, I noticed several churches asking for donations of things to send to Haiti. A couple of minutes on Google and you will find that they simply don't want our shit. They have no place to store it, no one to sort it and no one to deliver it.
It gets me wondering. Who exactly are these organizers of donations doing this for? Yes they have good intentions on the surface and maybe deeper than that but I think getting involved in more than a send a check and be done with it kind of way makes them feel good about themselves.
Really folks, that isn't the point. If the point is to help, do some research, pick your favorite disaster team that is there setting up and send them the funds to do their job. That is what they need. Meaning well is one thing, actually doing what needs to be done is the right thing. If all you have to donate is time, set up a car wash or a yard sale and send the cash so they can help these people with services not bandaids.
And keep last year's bikini and your dusty canned peaches with heavy syrup.
Maybe I am being too harsh.
Posted by Christine at 12:26 PM