Christmas Charities.

Tue Dec 12, 2000 10:44 am

What charities do you give to or volunteer for as may be the case, for christmas?

For me this year, I will donate to the Salvo's, Sydney City Mission, Wires (Wildlife proetection service) and the RSPCA.

And I will also be doing 2-3 days volunteer work at the RSPCA.

Why the RSPCA? Because too many selfish people buy people pets for christmas & / or dump them as they are going on holidays or simply don't want them anymore. Most of these end up at the RSPCA's animal shelter in the Sydney suburb of Yagoona. Christmas is a sad time of year at this great institution.


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RE: Christmas Charities.

Tue Dec 12, 2000 12:04 pm

I'll do more than my usual amount of volunteering at the Animal Protective League of Cleveland. They're going to need all the help they can get, for the same reasons you already stated, Mx5_boy -- plus that dastardly Dalmation movie...

I don't tend to give actual money because I have so little, but I give of my spirit and my physical capacity.

Perhaps $5 US to the Epilepsy Foundation of America.

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RE: Christmas Charities.

Tue Dec 12, 2000 5:31 pm


As always, it's the SSPCA, Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Gary Watt
Aberdeen, Scotland

RE: Christmas Charities.

Tue Dec 12, 2000 8:37 pm

Redngold / Gary,

Good to hear you guys care for the lesser ones.

mb (*big hugs to you guys*)

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RE: Christmas Charities.

Wed Dec 13, 2000 12:48 am

I don't give to charities during the course of the year. I don't do volunteer work unless it's for friends and family. I don't support those "charities", period. As far as I am concerned, they are nothing more than attempted schemes to avoid taxes. Plus, how much of those donations do you think actually make it to the "needy" after you skim off "administrative" expenses? I would be surprised if it was more than $.10 on the dollar. Quite frankly, I don't give a damn about anyone else, because do you think anyone else gives a damn about me?
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RE: Christmas Charities.

Wed Dec 13, 2000 2:26 am

Well merry christmas to you too, Scrooge. How can you say that working at an animal shelter (something that people here in Iowa get sentenced to do as part of their community service) is contributing to a tax scheme?

I understand not giving to the people that call your house and ask for money, but geeez, lighten up Matt D (a.k.a. Scrooge).
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Wed Dec 13, 2000 2:58 am

hey thanks for the idea....
I'm going to take a string of Christmas tree lights, and spell out "HUMBUG" with them on my garage!!!!!

As for not giving to people that call my house asking for money, just saying "NO" would be too boring.
So when they call (and they always do), I agree to a pledge, knowing full well that they will show up a few minutes later looking for the donation. So I give them the address to the vacant house a few doors down. Then I sit in my window, and wait for them to come. It never takes very long. Watching them pound on the door in vain is a riot. Then watching them walk around to both sides of the house is no help in regaining my compsure. Finally, they leave. Sure enough, like clockwork, they call back a short time later, then using a disguised voice, or that of a friend who I invited over, will vehemently deny ever having made such a pledge......
I never hear back....
I always regret doing that because I always wonder how many times I would be able to get them to come out looking for a "donation" that isn't there.

RE: Christmas Charities.

Wed Dec 13, 2000 10:53 am


You are awful! I must admit I don't like door knockers and will either ignore them or tell them to go away. And I am very careful of which charities I give to.

But institutions like the ones I mentioned rely on donations and volunteers on a year round basis to make up the better part of their funding. Take the Salvation Army for example, what a magnificent job they do, and all without prejdudice, preaching or reproach.

Cheers & a merry christmas to all.

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RE: Christmas Charities.

Thu Dec 14, 2000 8:37 am

I've donated to two charities this Christmas.

The AIDS Committee of Toronto
Medecins sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders)

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