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@ London Bridge today there were Red Cross girls holding the charity bucket...

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5y, 8m agoPosted 5 years, 8 months ago
I immediately knew that it was likely for the Japanese disaster. Being the poor student that I am, I simply couldn't donate much and it was kinda tricky deciding how much to actually donate. But I knew I had to - I just felt that it was morally correct to do so. Hence I grabbed the wallet and pulled out the lunch money that I had (i.e. £3) and was ready to put in.

At the time, I thought that £3 isn't a lot for Japan and its certainly no bragging right. When I finally put the £3 in and left, a part of me felt a sense of guilt in which £3 is not enough.

did anyone else feel like that?

P.S. When i put the money in the bucket, the girl gave me her best smile and man did that feel good! I was tempted to get another £3 and donate again!
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Yeah you should feel guilty. In London - that won't even buy them a pint tonight...
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jah128
Yeah you should feel guilty. In London - that won't even buy them a pint tonight...


or..., i could invite them all to my uni for the pint there!

Edited By: Artonox on Mar 24, 2011 13:52
#3
If you want to make up for it you can sponsor me! ;) I'm climbing Kili for Childreach, although admittedly they don't work in Japan...
#4
Everyone has gone charity crazy lately!! Is it just me or are there more charity muggers out there than normal people. I encounter 5 on the short walk from the bus stop to work
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good on u....i believe that it doesnt matter what u give a penny or a million pound..fact u r sacrificing something of urs to give to someone in need is a big thing....if u believe in karma then u know u will get ur reward....personally as a Muslim i believe that God will bless u either in this world or the next.
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its refreshing to see people like you around dude, not many people around here care about donating even if its just pennys people dont realise they can make a difference even if its just £1 a month you give away that quid goes a LONG way
#7
I always feel mindful at those collecting by the tube entry/exit barriers shaking their buckets and cornering passers-by; 1. because I feel it’s guerrilla tactics designed to make you feel embarrassed and reach for your wallet/purse because you can’t escape and get past them because they are blocking the entry/exit plus you usually have a gaggle of people behind of you and you might feel like a skinflint/embarrassed to be the only one not giving money and 2. I guess because I’m doubtful where the money will actually go. Some of these chuggers get paid £7/£8 per hour, how much of what you actually donate will get to the people who need it or will it be swallowed up in said person’s wages or admin costs?

It’s not to say I don’t donate or give money, but it’s the general disdain you get shown if you don’t throw some money in the bucket, or if you have thrown in small change looking at you like as if you are scum that I don’t like.

And to answer your question OP, yes I have felt what you explained, that sometimes you wish you could give more. I think magicbeans summed it up nicely.
#8
thx for the replies guys.
Just so that we are all clear, the girls are very good looking and they seemed asian, but they are certainly not the primary reason that I donated (but its impossible for a man to say that it isn't part of the reason *shifty eyes)

emhaslam
If you want to make up for it you can sponsor me! ;) I'm climbing Kili for Childreach, although admittedly they don't work in Japan...


hehe ill need to see if I can get an internship for some more cash first !

fluffyundacrakas
I always feel mindful at those collecting by the tube entry/exit barriers shaking their buckets and cornering passers-by; 1. because I feel it’s guerrilla tactics designed to make you feel embarrassed and reach for your wallet/purse because you can’t escape and get past them because they are blocking the entry/exit plus you usually have a gaggle of people behind of you and you might feel like a skinflint/embarrassed to be the only one not giving money and 2. I guess because I’m doubtful where the money will actually go. Some of these chuggers get paid £7/£8 per hour, how much of what you actually donate will get to the people who need it or will it be swallowed up in said person’s wages or admin costs?

It’s not to say I don’t donate or give money, but it’s the general disdain you get shown if you don’t throw some money in the bucket, or if you have thrown in small change looking at you like as if you are scum that I don’t like.

And to answer your question OP, yes I have felt what you explained, that sometimes you wish you could give more. I think magicbeans summed it up nicely.


I see what you mean. But whilst its easy to donate, its also easy to ignore. During the rush hour and outside it, almost everyone just brisked past them. Also, every charity has admin costs, handled by managers, accountants etc which do cost money. But by having a large sum of cash in one charity usually means bargaining power, so they could buy more things as well as hire more doctors with supplies than if all of us bought them individually. Its basically a double edged sword.
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I collect with a bucket for a charity for wild animals. UNPAID. Chuggers are used to sign people up for monthly payments. Have stood in the foyer of Asda and etc and it's gruelling work. But I've met some amazing kind generous people. A guy in a wheelchair gave me a £10 note, he said "you can't take it with you" Most people give 50p or £1 but some just a few coppers and a few £2 or £3.
We aren't allowed to shake the bucket or block people. And I am very very grateful to those who give, apart from helping the animals, it's very disheartening to stand there for ages without a single coin being given.
The last coin I got at my last event was from a couple who said "we collect here sometimes and we know what it's like to be invisible!" They chased after me as I was leaving. So blessing to all givers :)
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chalkysoil
I collect with a bucket for a charity for wild animals. UNPAID. Chuggers are used to sign people up for monthly payments. Have stood in the foyer of Asda and etc and it's gruelling work. But I've met some amazing kind generous people. A guy in a wheelchair gave me a £10 note, he said "you can't take it with you" Most people give 50p or £1 but some just a few coppers and a few £2 or £3.
We aren't allowed to shake the bucket or block people. And I am very very grateful to those who give, apart from helping the animals, it's very disheartening to stand there for ages without a single coin being given.
The last coin I got at my last event was from a couple who said "we collect here sometimes and we know what it's like to be invisible!" They chased after me as I was leaving. So blessing to all givers :)

my husband sometimes volunteers as well...and he was saying u cant shake the bucket anymore....weird as its such a natural thing to do.

anyways good on ya!
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chalkysoil
I collect with a bucket for a charity for wild animals. UNPAID. Chuggers are used to sign people up for monthly payments. Have stood in the foyer of Asda and etc and it's gruelling work. But I've met some amazing kind generous people. A guy in a wheelchair gave me a £10 note, he said "you can't take it with you" Most people give 50p or £1 but some just a few coppers and a few £2 or £3.
We aren't allowed to shake the bucket or block people. And I am very very grateful to those who give, apart from helping the animals, it's very disheartening to stand there for ages without a single coin being given.
The last coin I got at my last event was from a couple who said "we collect here sometimes and we know what it's like to be invisible!" They chased after me as I was leaving. So blessing to all givers :)

Well done!! I work for a hospice as nursing staff and we rely on volunteer collectors to help raise money to keep the hospice running. The nursing staff do stints in their own time too, as well as events etc.

Just remember lots of those people with the buckets are doing it for free! But be wary of the people who come knocking door to door and those in the city centres that get you to sign up - they do get paid on a commision basis.
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Shellywelly
chalkysoil
I collect with a bucket for a charity for wild animals. UNPAID. Chuggers are used to sign people up for monthly payments. Have stood in the foyer of Asda and etc and it's gruelling work. But I've met some amazing kind generous people. A guy in a wheelchair gave me a £10 note, he said "you can't take it with you" Most people give 50p or £1 but some just a few coppers and a few £2 or £3.
We aren't allowed to shake the bucket or block people. And I am very very grateful to those who give, apart from helping the animals, it's very disheartening to stand there for ages without a single coin being given.
The last coin I got at my last event was from a couple who said "we collect here sometimes and we know what it's like to be invisible!" They chased after me as I was leaving. So blessing to all givers :)


Well done!! I work for a hospice as nursing staff and we rely on volunteer collectors to help raise money to keep the hospice running. The nursing staff do stints in their own time too, as well as events etc.

Just remember lots of those people with the buckets are doing it for free! But be wary of the people who come knocking door to door and those in the city centres that get you to sign up - they do get paid on a commision basis.



Commission and a good hourly rate. My friend done this for the SSPCA but was via one of these companys and it was a flat rate of £10 per hour plus huge commission on every sign up.
#13
I donated a pushchair to charity today, have done my bit .

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