Monday, 7 January 2013

Giving ...


Welcome to my two new followers, Oh Pioneer and Beyond Astral Skies. Glad to have you aboard the Norfolk express!

I don't know about you but if I get pestered by charities I tend to run in the opposite direction. We always give to the poppy appeal and DB supports the Vulcan to the Sky project.

I normally don't make New Year resolutions but this year decided to make one. Every month, I will give to a charity of my choice, a one off donation. It will be by cheque and although they will know my name, they will not get my address.

Programmes that show some charities at work interest me greatly. Last year, I watched a programme on how some of our surgeons (plus those of other countries) donate their time freely to perform sight saving operations on people around the world. In honour of their dedication, this is my first chosen charity. A link to it can be found here, should you be interested.

I have already decided on the 12 I shall give to. They are close to my heart, and may or may not have been/are, relevant to loved ones. (this is a hint to not inundate me with your charities :0).

Judicious saving will enable me to do this. It is something I have thought about doing for years but never gotten around to. This is the year!

11 comments:

  1. we had a talk from a Sightsavers Rep at church. They can re-use old spectacles so now we have a box where members donate their unwanted pairs.

    a good charity indeed!

    happy new year

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    1. When I looked on their web site, they said they didn't take second hand glasses - how strange!

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  2. We give a one time cheque at Christmas and budget for this in our yearly budget. Charitable giving is so important on every level and we all have our favourites. We benefit so much from giving as well as receiving. I think your idea is fantastic.

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    1. Well, other than the things I have always wanted to give to, I have been quite remiss on occasions so now I am doing it properly. I didn't want to let them know who I was or set up a DD, I want to give when and as I can.

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  3. That's a fabulous idea. I donate monthly by direct debit to the heart charity which supported me so much after I came out of hospital, and give them a one off donation at Christmas in lieu of the money I no longer spend on cards and stamps.I really felt I needed to give something back to them, and this is my small way of doing it.I agree about pestering leading to the use of avoidance tactics!

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    1. I used to pay in Marie Curie for years but got fed up when they started asking for more. Hence this lot will be anonymous.

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  4. I agree with you. We sponsor a child via a charity and also each donate to a number of other charities via subscriptions and/or regular donations. I get quite irritated by "shaken buckets" in my face. My bad, I know.

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    1. According to the law, they are not supposed to shake anything at you otherwise it is begging. Go figure. Wonder if it will all get worse when new government relaxations come on board about people being able to set up as and when they want!

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  5. That's a great idea Dc! Here in Australia, the charities are exempt from the 'Do not call' register so their marketers constantly ring and therefore are quite annoying! DH and I give to a few charities and none are those phoning all the time. DH sponsors a child via the Smith Family. The money he gives each month is used to help educate this Aussie child.

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  6. Thank you very much for the welcome! I give to charities that I choose as well. I never give to an organization that solicites my money via phone or door to door. I also check out any organization that sends requests via mail before deciding on donating money. I do donate on a regular basis to the local foodbank and to any food drives sponsored by the school or my church.

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  7. I like to donate to my favourite charities on a volountary basis, mostly to the local air ambulance and my hubby gives to Vulcan to the Sky too which is based about 2 miles away. We also have a couple of boxes on the counter at work which get fed with bits of loose change.

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