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As you open your hearts and wallets especially during the holiday season do you check out charities before giving?

Yes
No
Not if I 'know' them
I don't give to charities
Bah! Humbug!



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11. D Robb
     (11/9/2017 11:05:03 AM)
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Our small town pantry doesn't have a problem with scammers because everyone has to register in advance and the number of visits is limited. In my experience nobody was there willingly, but because their family was needy.

12. Jefferson Packer
     (11/9/2017 11:40:40 AM)
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With what I earn as a high school teacher, I kind of consider my entire career to be a charitable gift to society. ;-D

13. M Bathurst
     (11/9/2017 11:46:53 AM)
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14. Thomas C CEOExpressSelect Member
     (11/9/2017 12:07:36 PM)
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Same deal, it's a small town, surrounded by larger cities.....you'd be surprised with the stories, nothing is fool proof when it comes to greed

Biggest scramble is when Stop & Shop donates a "mistake" Birthday Cake, girl fights in the aisles, even though the staff tries to put them aside for families with children

15. D Robb
     (11/9/2017 12:29:00 PM)
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Again, something is different because clients here have to preregister and be certified before they shop. If anything, in my opinion we have too much sweet stuff from Starbucks so there is always more than enough. The other rule, that prevents your problems, is that at our pantry clients cannot touch the food. They are shown the choices, choose, and the person escorting them puts their choice in their cart.

16. Scott Walker
     (11/9/2017 12:30:46 PM)
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Thomas,

As you open your hearts and wallets especially during the holiday season do you check out charities before giving? Answer , yes;
however,
Beside giving of $, find it easier to give a bag of groceries to the person on the corner with the sign that says "Hungry, please help, god bless"; at least you're not easily buying drugs or booze.

17. Joseph Lischka CEOExpressSelect Member
     (11/9/2017 12:44:01 PM)
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We volunteer at our churches monthly "food for the soul", which provides free dinners for anyone who walks in the door. It benefits us because we are encouraged to interact with participants. Many have minimum wage jobs that don't pay the bills and others are mentally or physically disabled. One middle-aged woman looks, dresses and talks like a soccer mom. She walked out of her house ten years before and has been homeless ever since.

We also have been donating to the Soldiers Project since our son's death. The Soldiers Project provides psychological assistance to veterans and so far appears to be making good use of donations.

Message edited by user at 11/9/2017 12:46:12 PM

18. Thomas C CEOExpressSelect Member
     (11/9/2017 3:42:48 PM)
     Message ID #293302

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Not my problems, I don't participate. I would if I was asked.

It's my daughter, and yes they escort the clients, but she has been doing it for so long, she has seen it all

19. Thomas C CEOExpressSelect Member
     (11/9/2017 3:46:55 PM)
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Addicts are people too, and many times there is no help which is why they are out on the streets, they pretend, but who's kidding who, by circumstance that could be me.

And that's is how I think, help a person out, don't judge. I can't cure them, but I can make their day go a little easier.

Sometimes all they want is someone to talk to, and a couple bucks.

20. Jefferson Packer
     (11/9/2017 4:02:13 PM)
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But seriously, I no longer trust the Red Cross. I also don't have time to research big charities and try to figure out which ones are actually about getting money where it needs to go.

Instead, I give at an ultra-local level, at the high school where I work. I almost always buy the fundraiser candy bars, or the canned nuts. I spend my own money on school publications, and on software and sometimes even hardware for my kids to work on them. I have bought students bicycles who told me that they can't get to school on time because the person who drives them here doesn't get out of bed until after 8 am. I have donated to students' pet causes, and helped them out with money to public their own independent publications.

And I give away things like coats, jackets, mittens and especially food regularly. I have a mini fridge in my room, and students who arrive hungry can ask for an apple and string cheese. I sometimes even make them toast. All of it comes out of my salary.
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