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Giving to charities - this really irks me!

  1. habee profile image90
    habeeposted 7 years ago

    I give to charities, but know what makes me mad? When you give to one and they share your information with a zillion other charites. Then your phone rings off the hook with folks begging for money to save the tree frogs, the two-tailed platypus, and blind Tahitian lesbians, just to name a few. And some of these people are extremely pushy and just won't take "no" for an answer! I'm not rich, and there's no way I can donate to every cause on Earth.

    Anyone else had a similar problem?

    1. Randy Godwin profile image93
      Randy Godwinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      What is your phone number again?  I'm curious about those two headed blind lesbian frogs.

      1. earnestshub profile image87
        earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Are they uncommon? smile

        1. Randy Godwin profile image93
          Randy Godwinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          No, they have a hard time reproducing.

          1. earnestshub profile image87
            earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Boom Boom! lol lol lol

      2. Preethi Anusha profile image89
        Preethi Anushaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        whats with the snake in all ur replies ??

        1. Randy Godwin profile image93
          Randy Godwinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Some of the things read on these forums cause me to recoil

    2. earnestshub profile image87
      earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Yep! My businesses all gave to charities, and I really got fed up with being expected to carry all sorts of charities that were near useless to people in need. All the local sports and social clubs for example. The worst was the police force magazine subscription. They drove me nuts! They continued to pester me for years, some of them! smile

  2. Misha profile image76
    Mishaposted 7 years ago

    No, I don't give to them. If I want to help, I help directly smile

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    A Texanposted 7 years ago

    Do you have the info on the Tahitian lesbians? I could save a couple! big_smile

  4. habee profile image90
    habeeposted 7 years ago

    Misha, that's what I do now, also. I had to learn the hard way!

  5. Michael Willis profile image78
    Michael Willisposted 7 years ago

    I have to agree with Misha's method. When I give, I donate directly. I don't want my money to pay for fancy offices, nice suits, administrative salaries ($$$) and the waste that is involved. I am sure this is not ever charity, so I will only help a few.

  6. habee profile image90
    habeeposted 7 years ago

    Tex, you can cure blindness????

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      A Texanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Uh, yes, yes I can!

  7. habee profile image90
    habeeposted 7 years ago

    Preethi, if you knew Randy, you wouldn't have to ask! Let's just say it fits his personality. lol.

    Besides, he's so handsome that his wife won't let him use his real pic!

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      A Texanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Not what she told me, oh, sorry Randy.

      1. Randy Godwin profile image93
        Randy Godwinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Hey Tex!  Since Texas is going to secede can we buy the Longhorns?  I hate to see them sold to USC.

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          A Texanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Ohhhhh, You realize UT could buy USC and Georgia and still have money left to finance Florida, right?

          1. Randy Godwin profile image93
            Randy Godwinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Yeah, but you still couldn't play in the U.S.  Maybe Alaska, but not the U.S.

  8. habee profile image90
    habeeposted 7 years ago

    As in "to coil again," RD??

    1. Randy Godwin profile image93
      Randy Godwinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I thought we were going snow skiing today. I had the jumps all ready for you.

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    JeanMeriamposted 7 years ago

    Our Canadian government did an interesting thing. We have no telemarketing registry. I think the whole country registered,lol. I haven’t been bothered in almost a year

  10. habee profile image90
    habeeposted 7 years ago

    Could we house them at Brodie Field, Randy??

  11. habee profile image90
    habeeposted 7 years ago

    It was too late. If the snow/ice is still here in the morning, Mel and I might come out in the morning. Remember? She told you what we wanted for breakfast!

    1. Randy Godwin profile image93
      Randy Godwinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Fine!  You want a double helping of hog brains and scrambled eggs as usual. Right?

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    A Texanposted 7 years ago

    Not that we would want Georgia, we have enough High School teams in Texas! big_smile

    1. Randy Godwin profile image93
      Randy Godwinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Yes I know, I watched one of them in the BCS championship

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        A Texanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        They got there, didn't they? lol

        1. Randy Godwin profile image93
          Randy Godwinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Yes, but the quarterback left after a few minutes.

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            A Texanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            And that was a good thing for the pride of the SEC.

            1. Randy Godwin profile image93
              Randy Godwinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              No, Florida didn't play!

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                A Texanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                I got nothing! Later.

                1. Randy Godwin profile image93
                  Randy Godwinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  You're fun Tex!  Hey, I won a new 870 Remington express last week.  Can't wait for next dove season!  Gonna crash now.

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                    A Texanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                    Sweet!

  13. habee profile image90
    habeeposted 7 years ago

    Actually, I prefer calves' brains. But make sure it's from a really smart cow. The last one you scrambled up was from a dumb bovine, and it tasted funny.

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      A Texanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Maybe it was a mad cow.

    2. Randy Godwin profile image93
      Randy Godwinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      My fault, the last one was a cow,  I'll serve a bull this time.

  14. habee profile image90
    habeeposted 7 years ago

    Hey, Tex - don't be bad-mouthing the Dawgs! Thems fightin' words!!

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      A Texanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      People in Georgia should not say Fighting and dawgs in the same sentence. Remember big brother is watching!

  15. habee profile image90
    habeeposted 7 years ago

    RD, you're always serving up plenty of bull!

    1. Randy Godwin profile image93
      Randy Godwinposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Serving up "like a bull" I think you meant to say!  Nite holle!

  16. habee profile image90
    habeeposted 7 years ago

    G'night Randy. Night JOhn-boy.

  17. habee profile image90
    habeeposted 7 years ago

    I love the Dawgs! My daughter has one of Uga VI's grandsons. He's so cute!

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      A Texanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I was just giving Randy a hard time, I believe Georgia beat A&M in a Bowl game this year! Anybody playing A&M has a fan in me, at least for 3 hours.

  18. habee profile image90
    habeeposted 7 years ago

    Cool, Tex. Are you snowed in??

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      A Texanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Nah, its cold now but tomorrow supposed to be in the 60's. If you don't like the weather in Texas, stick around. Goodnite.

  19. habee profile image90
    habeeposted 7 years ago

    Same in South GA, Tex. nighty-night!

  20. skyfire profile image72
    skyfireposted 7 years ago

    I never prefer to spend my money on religious charities. And if i want to help anyone then i prefer to donate funds directly.

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    StormRyderposted 7 years ago

    I donate to various charities and as soon as I gave to one my mail box was stuffed with requests of donation..I haven't gotten calls but tons of mail.

  22. thisisoli profile image56
    thisisoliposted 7 years ago

    I gave up on a lot of charities a long time ago, there is still a couple I donte to, but the spam messages asking me to give, the guilt trip they call 'sponsorship', which once used to be about climbing a mountain, now it's walking a mile, and the people who constantly harass you on the street.

    I didn't used to mind giving to charity, but now they just annoy the hell out of me.

    1. EmpressFelicity profile image85
      EmpressFelicityposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      "Chuggers"?  I HATE them.  I particularly hate when they're in zig-zag formation, so you have to do what I call the high street slalom to avoid them.

      They get round the "no tin rattling allowed" laws by using direct debit forms instead.  Urgggh.

  23. WriteAngled profile image93
    WriteAngledposted 7 years ago

    I get extremely pi$$ed off by the whole idea of sponsoring someone's holiday, for example: "I'm trekking up Mt Kilimanjaro for Save the Children, sponsor me". I will never ever donate to a charity which promotes this type of stuff.

    If I do donate to charity, it is usually to a very small one that either acts locally or concentrates its efforts on a specific location somewhere else in the world. Charities that are run entirely by volunteers take priority over those with paid staff.

    I was once employed by a charity. It made me sick to see the events they organised for their big corporate sponsors. Lots of smarmy top executives swilling wine and stuffing food, and our director and trustees brown-nosing them. When I questioned the morality of spending so much, I was told it was OK because the events were sponsored by one of our sponsor companies. However, it still meant money was being spent on this crap instead of going to the cause we were supposedly promoting. Blech!

  24. Lady_E profile image82
    Lady_Eposted 7 years ago

    Habee - love your way with words, tickles me.

    I just have a direct debit that goes to a certain charity every month. I've had it for years. Any others, maybe people collecting in shopping centres - I just give a little cash.

    That way your phone number isn't shared. smile

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    Jill Bruceposted 7 years ago

    Our country is full of good-hearted, generous people who are always willing to help someone in need.  I really hate how these nationally organized so-called "charities" are set up to take advantage of that. And those charities that advertise on television should be ashamed of themselves.  Imagine the good things they could do with the thousands of dollars they're spending on all that air time!

    Like you all, I contribute directly to causes I think are within my reach, for example, I knit childrens outer wear and blankets for Afghans for Afghans, and crate pads for animal shelters, and am also in a Prayer Shawl ministry.  One knitting circle I'm in knits toys and washclothes for a children's charity and winter hats for homeless shelter residents.  I also serve lunch at an outdoor church for the homeless.

 
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