Charity begins..

I don’t have much money. No, compared to some people I am very comfortable. I don’t do charity donations. I will not give money to companies that pay their executives huge salaries. That’s my decision.

What I will do is donate time, effort and skills to anyone who needs it. Is there a family around here that is short of funds? Fine – I’ll pole up with a bag full of groceries.

I knit – I will make anything for anyone who needs it.

Now we get down to the nitty gritty – do you commit £2 a month to the donkey sanctuary (or whatever) or do you throw your door open to someone who needs shelter? No prizes for guessing what we do … come on over, it may only be a bed in our caravan for as long as you need it. If that is your only hope of getting out of a rotten situation, we’re here.

Don’t think we’re a soft touch, we’re not, we’ll expect you to live as family, pitch in and help. But the bed is there if you need it.

5 thoughts on “Charity begins..

  1. I feel the same way about it. I get annoyed when I can’t even check out at the grocery store without getting hit up for money. But volunteering to walk dogs at the local pound feels like real charity. I know the dogs wouldn’t get to see outside their cages otherwise. And, what the hell. I love dogs. Maybe I’m begin selfish after all!

    1. No – you do what you can. We all do. And that is fine. I just get cross with people who sign up for their £2 a month and think they are saving the world. You are giving your time. More value, I think xxxx

  2. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    It is tough to decide which of Ailsa Abraham’s witty, insightful and sometimes in your face posts to reblog but I chose this one because I think that it reflects a sea change in the way we look at charity. I too will not give to organised charities unless I have dug deep – yes there are genuine volunteers who give up their time for a Saturday a year to collect monies for said charities but I also know from investigating a number of collection methods that it has become organised in a very different way – it can be (not all) a pyramid scheme with the cash tin collectors getting paid per hour – each group of collectors has a supervisor who gets a cut of the contributions and they in turn have managers who also take a cut. By the time the money gets to its intended recipients it is pence rather than pounds. Of course this is not the case for many charities but the few have spoiled it for the many. I too believe that there are many alternative ways of giving that are within your means -not just financial but time and compassion wise. If we all start in our own part of the world with family and friends the knock on effect could be universal – it seems impossible but faith has been known to move mountains. Thanks Ailsa for keeping us on our toes.

  3. Spot on. I think we only give money when we are being tight with the skills that really matter. I do give money to Comic relief because they use it the way I would – teaching people to cope rather than giving them handouts. Otherwise I give my time, my input, my ideas… which is far harder than giving money because I have NO time at all.



  4. I used to do things for charity. Harder now to physically do anything much – can’t knit, well have done a scarf in about 1980. Do selectively donate to charities, but only when I know where it really goes.

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