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December 17th, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I consider myself to be a fairly generous person. Especially with my family and friends. For charities I like to give tangible items such as food, toys etc. But I also give cash/checks occasionally for things like Katrina or Haiti or even some local charities. But I don't like to be asked to give. For some reason that strikes me the wrong way.

I don't like the ringy-dingy guys standing in front of the stores everywhere you go. I don't like girl or boy scounts or kiwana's or elks accosting you when you go into stores. I don't like phone calls asking for donations. Not sure why being asked makes such a difference, but it does. This time of year it seems like you are asked for donations everytime you turn around. Maybe it's the fact that you have to say no to someone when they ask and it makes you feel like you need to justify why you aren't giving. I don't know, I just know it makes me irritated when people ask me to donate.

One of my goals last year was to spend $20/month on buying food for the local food pantry. I hoped to purchase at least 100 items/month with that $20. Last year this was fairly easy to do. This year the deals weren't quite that good, plus I lost a lot of time due to illnesses/surgeries. I ended up spending the $20/month but didn't make the 100 items goal. So today I donated another $100 to the local food pantry.

Next year I think I will increase it to $25/month on food/personal care. I usually spend about $100/year on toys also. It's a lot of fun buying toys and now that I don't have young neices to buy for I can still buy but for someone else.

I'm having a lazy day today. I woke up with a headache from the weather and just haven't felt like doing anything. I think I'll spend the day working on my jigsaw puzzle and reading.

I finished reading the library book Deeper Than Dead by Tami Hoag. Mystery - very good.

1 Responses to “generosity”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I agree with you about the bell ringers. I feel so rude when I walk by them without acknowledging them - but then if I do acknowledge them, I feel like I'm making them think I'm about to give them something ... Ahh!

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