November 30, 2022- I was struck by the number of “Giving Tuesday” e-mails which returned today, saying they had fallen short of their goals; struck, but not surprised, by the news. While money is like water, and the amount in toto doesn’t change, the form in which it exists changes constantly. Snapping one’s fingers or thrusting out one’s hand does little, or nothing, to increase flow, when the supply in liquid form happens to be a trickle. I was the recipient of no fewer than 800 e-mails, over the course of Thanksgiving weekend. I gave what I consider to be a reasonable amount, during that period, and will continue, throughout the holiday season, to offer what I consider a reasonable amount.
There is another aspect to this: The very real consequence of constant bombardment, even by the most deserving of causes, is ennui; disinterest, the passing into White Noise of the message being trumpeted. At worst, it can even trigger opposition to the cause. None of these are what I want to see happen to groups like Sandy Hook Promise, Stand With Parkland, Mercy Corps/Haiti, Lady Freethinker, and World Central Kitchen. There is enough nefarious thought in the world, without bringing it to the fore.
I favour an appeal for volunteers as much, if not more than, the call for funds-as much as the mantra, “Money is our life blood”, or the cloying “Money pays the bills” may stoke the intellect. Human energy is equally beneficial, and the more local that energy, the better.
Shooting stars that aim to intensely at one target may well miss their mark. Sometimes,less is more.
It seems we are back to the political fund-raising as well — I hope it will stop after the Georgia runoff election. If I gave even $5 to each email I have received this election season, I’d have to beg for food!
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Oh,yes. There have been an average of ten e-mails a day from one of the GA candidates.
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Amen! We have been swamped with solicitations, demands, pleas, and fund-raisers too. We participate as volunteers with the Food Pantry at church so we focus our giving of time, talent, and treasure there… Though I often give to the Salvation army bell ringers!
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I give to the bell-ringers, also.