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View Poll Results: Have you given to the bell ringers this year?
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I put my used gum in one of their cans. 1 2.78%
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Old 11-28-07, 01:34 PM   #1
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Bell ringers: Have you dropped a coin on them?

Confess, have you dropped a coin in the can of any of these annoying bell ringers this Holiday Season?
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Old 11-28-07, 01:36 PM   #2
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I refuse to anymore.......

They used to ring now and then, but it seems their policy now is to ring incessantly, without stop anytime, ever while there. I refuse to donate to a group who tries to get your attention and donation by annoying you in to doing so.
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I put in a five and took out 4.50. I did my part.
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The Salvation Army needs your money. The people ringing the bells are volunteers from local churches, etc. who give their time to help others.

My grandfather was a fireman for the city of Dallas. The Salvation Army would come to the scene of fires and provide hot coffee, snacks, etc free of charge to the victims and the fire fighters.

If the Red Cross showed up, they charged the fire fighters for drinks or snacks.

Just saying.

If you are not going to give them a donation, at least give them a smile and a thank you.
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Old 11-28-07, 01:45 PM   #5
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And yes, I gvie, I seldom go past a bell ringer without giving. I also give my sons money to put in, and explain to them why they are doing it.
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I also give my sons money to put in, and explain to them why they are doing it.
To ensure the charity's CEO has a GREAT Christmas?
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I dunno, this always comes to mind... http://youtube.com/watch?v=WQ_B62k9sQk
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To ensure the charity's CEO has a GREAT Christmas?
remember this if you are ever the victim of a fire or disaster and these guys come to help. Refuse the help, I mean how could you accept help from an organization with a well paid CEO? Do you know of any charities that operate on a major scale without infrastructure? me neither.
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Hey...now there's a first.

Jsharr gets all serious and doesn't get when *I* am being sarcastic. It's "Role Reversal Day" it seems.


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remember this if you are ever the victim of a fire or disaster and these guys come to help. Refuse the help, I mean how could you accept help from an organization with a well paid CEO? Do you know of any charities that operate on a major scale without infrastructure? me neither.
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Actually, you are one of the few people on here that I enjoy arguing with, and then you go and ruin it with humor. Damn you KT!
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Actually, you are one of the few people on here that I enjoy arguing with, and then you go and ruin it with humor. Damn you KT!
Humor? What do you mean? I'm always seer-eeh-us.
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Cat fight - rooooaaaaoooowwwwww.
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Cat?

My avatar (and name) are a termite.

Where the hell do you see any cats?
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I never see them...

thank the theoretical god.
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thank the theoretical god.
You typically HEAR them LOOOOONG before you see them.
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- i might contribute more if they didn't sell all the good used bikes to 'inside' buyers and leave the junkers in the showrooms...

(down here the *box-mart shopping lots are empty, while there's no parking whatsoever at Salvation Army stores - go figure)
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I put in my annual donation, as the Salvation Army is a worthy cause, then ignore them for the rest of the year.
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remember this if you are ever the victim of a fire or disaster and these guys come to help.
Isn't this why I save for myself for a rainy day????? People used to rely on themselves with minimal help from other people in extreme cases only.

Flood: Insurance
Fire: Insurance
Hurricane: Insurance
Unemployed: Insurance and savings

I'm all covered! Thanks for asking.

Lack of planning on your part does not make a priority on my part
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Isn't this why I save for myself for a rainy day????? People used to rely on themselves with minimal help from other people in extreme cases only.

Flood: Insurance
Fire: Insurance
Hurricane: Insurance
Unemployed: Insurance and savings

I'm all covered! Thanks for asking.

Lack of planning on your part does not make a priority on my part
So, it is midnight, your house has been blown away in a tornado and you are freezing cold, standing in the rain. I guess Compass Bank is gonna open up and let you have some money to burn to warm up?

I did not say give all you own to charity. I pointed out that they respond to disaster scenes, large and small and give comfort and aid to those in need.

You go ahead and plan for how you will deal with the loss of your home and all you own and do not ask for any help if that unfortunate day ever comes.

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Never contribute to them. There are many other worthy charities that don't discriminate.
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I got turned off to the Salvation Army a few years ago when they got a huge donation of $50 million or something, and instead of putting it into disaster relief, or soup kitchens, decided to spend it on evangelizing and efforts to convert people to Christianity. Now, since they are a Christian organization, I suppose that's part of their mission, but I would rather give to an organization that is focused on helping people's immediate needs, not their alleged "spiritual needs" ... that they may or may not actually "need".

Also, phone charity solicitations are usually run by 3rd party for-profit groups that keep an average of 65 % of the money raised, and only pass on 35% to the actual charity.

So ..... Give as much as you can to charities, but do some homework first. Giving to small, local charities is often good because you can see your $ in action.

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