Ending Hunger

I like giving to the charities of my choice. I am not as fond however, of the solicitations that happen at store check out stands.  At one place I am asked on the card scanner if I would like to contribute to a fund for homeless pets.  At another, I am asked by the checker if I would like to donate to a foundation for diabetes research.  When these show up on the card machine readers, I can decline fairly discretely if that’s my choice.  When I’m asked by an actual human, it has the potential to be a tiny bit uncomfortable. I’ve learned to cheerfully reply, “not today, thank you”.  But I looked like the ultimate Scrooge the other day at a large grocery store chain when the person standing behind the counter succinctly posed the question with the exact words, “Would you like to end childhood hunger?”  Good gravy, I answered no.



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2 Responses

  1. Karen V. says:

    I so so so agree with you Mary. I like what Barb said. I am going to keep that attitude in my brain as I pokitely decline. Although there are days when I have the urge to go a little postal . Hard to control myself. How very un-Mennoite of me.

  2. Barb says:

    I have been asked & declined to end breast cancer, cure diabetes etc. I’m very careful with my charity dollars & want to know about the charity before I give. This type of fund raising is getting out of hand. Just think, we may be giving the person behind us the gift of being able to say no thank you, too.

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