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    Does it bug anyone else or just me :(

    we'll be sitting there and someone will come along asking for money for some charity or other. we all fish around trying to find coins feeling embarrassed then 10 minutes later another one and then another.

    if we dont have any coins we feel awkward, sometimes they can be quite loud and stand there until they get something

    i understand that these people are paid to do this too so theyre not doing it for the charity free of charge

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    I honestly don't think people like the Salvation Army are paid for collecting and I do know that the Samaritans definitely are volunteers but, I do agree that it can be embarrassing when you're with a few friends and they come round. I always feel obliged to give.








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    They do it here in front of grocery stores, and sometimes the cashiers in the stores ask for donations. I smile brightly and say, "No thanks! I've taken care of all of that at work."

    I hate feeling as though I'm being held up. Plus, here there are so many fake collectors of charitable contributions, I'd not know who to trust. :(






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    The stores here--primarily grocery, but sometimes others--allow the charities to assault you as you enter and exit the store. And they always are collecting for something inside the stores, as well. My response is "No, thank you. I contribute directly to the organizations I choose to support."

    I refuse to be badgered into donating to organizations, even if they are the ones I support.

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    I have almost regularly donated to the Salvation Army in years past and will probably continue to do so as my Son-in-Law's late father was very active with them and they really helped his family out, not only in a time of need but also when his dad passed a few years back. However, since they now rely heavily on volunteers as opposed to the uniformed Salvation Army Soldiers it is really difficult to tell if they are real or not.





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    There was an expose on this some time ago on tv.

    It revealed the scale of both fraudulent collectors but also paid collectors that were going round pubs and clubs.

    It turns out that a staggering number of people who you'd expect to be volunteers are actually paid to collect money :/ which to me is just crazy but is defended by the charities who say that x% of something is better than 100% of 0.
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    Quote Originally Posted by uscwest, post: 55097
    I have almost regularly donated to the Salvation Army in years past and will probably continue to do so as my Son-in-Law's late father was very active with them and they really helped his family out, not only in a time of need but also when his dad passed a few years back. However, since they now rely heavily on volunteers as opposed to the uniformed Salvation Army Soldiers it is really difficult to tell if they are real or not.
    The Salvation Army is one of the organizations I contribute to for similar reasons, John. I mail contributions directly and occasionally donate when they have the kettles out during the holidays. I don't carry much cash, so the pickin's tend to be rather slim when I'm out and about.

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    Bead for Life gets my donation dollars these days. I can't think of a better group to help right now.






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    Most of my donation dollars go to Children's Hospital here in DC. It is said that they have never turned down a patient who couldn't pay and they have saved thousands of lives.





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    If someone has a little box on the till I always put money in it or the ones that sit outside with displays ect. The only ones allowed in pubs round here are volunteers apparently. I know my mums youth club does a 'pub run' where they go around a pub in costumes and ask the bar staff if they can get some donations.

    They aren't allowed (the youth club tells them so) to go and ask an individual, but instead just go and stand at the bar for a little bit!
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