Every one of us gets the phone calls….either telemarketers or someone asking for money for a political, religious, or community donation. We got one this morning and it was from the Minnesota Special Olympics…a worthy cause for sure. We have gotten many requests for such donations in the past…from many causes we would like to support….certain political candidates who support the principles we support, MCCL….those who oppose abortions and encourage adoptions, many, many, many causes that are so important. I used to get regular calls from the national humane society after I made a good donation at the time of Hurricane Katrina because to of the left-behind pets in New Orleans. Later I learned that giving to the national humane society (address on Washington DC) is pretty much like pouring sand down a rat-hole. They peppered me with gifts and more requests for money. I wondered how much money from people who donated was being spent on the blankets, the cups, the calendars, the towels, the pencils and all other neat gifts that came for me in the postal mail????
I finally wrote a heart-felt letter to the NHS and told them that I did not want to be showered with any more gifts because henceforth I would be giving to my local humane society and I was sorry I had not donated to the local Louisiana Human Society for the Katrina pets cause. After a few more letters, they quit sending me my “rewards”.
When my mother died, Â my sister and I had some cash memorials to deal with so we halved the money and each of us gave to causes we thought Mom would have approved of.Â Â It was a one time donation of about 100 dollars to 3 things for my choices.Â Â Â I had explained in my letter to the places I sent the money, Â that it was a ONE TIME donation but they did not want to understand that…I was peppered once again with many more requests.Â Â
Â I once wrote a check to Jamestown College for a choir concert I attended. I still get requests from that college after about 20 years.
This morning the one of us who answered the call for the special olympics in MN explained to the college student who was working for the organization why we could not contribute and why we did not want any bonus magazine subscriptions. It was fairly straightforward. We are in our 70′s and have a very meager fixed income especially since Social Security was “frozen” at a level of two years ago. Especially since my teachers retirement was also “frozen” at a rate that existed two years ago. What has not been “frozen” is our expenses: taxes go up, the cost of groceries goes up; the cost of gas for our car goes up; the cost of EVERYTHING we need goes up……ad infinitum!
So we cannot give to every good cause that comes down the pike.Â Â If we gave to every cause that is called to us, we would not be eating…we would be total paupers and could then go “on the dole”Â if giving to causes is grounds for getting welfare payments.
As for welfare, we have NEVER been on it…neither were our parents or our children; we have instead payed all our taxes faithfully so that others can receive welfare payments and we have done it without complaining….except maybeÂ when I spot a person who is obviously on welfare..food stamps and the whole works….piling steaks and crates of soda pop into a grocery cart at a store!!!!!
So the answer to the callers, isÂ Â “No we have to pass on this…..we have paid our way all our lives and are still doing it via our tax payments. We would like to help but we simply cannot….if we want to continue supporting ourselves instead of everyone else.