Recently, I donated some money to a cancer charity because someone I know was taking part in a sponsored event and I wanted to support her efforts (plus, it was a charity that I believe in). I don’t remember providing any personal details, but since then I’ve been bombarded by phone calls from other charities asking me for money. Usually, the phone rings between 5 and 6pm, when, like most other mums I know, I’m in the middle of cooking/organising/trying to connect with my family and I’m afraid my response hasn’t always been very charitable.
There are a few charities that are close to my heart and I do my best to support them. I’m happy to give my time (by volunteering) and money, when I decide to. I’m perfectly capable of making my own decision about which charities to support and I don’t appreciate being badgered by others. And when I read about elderly and vulnerable people being pestered to donate, I can understand why some people have lost confidence in charities.
How about you? Do you dig deep or look the other way when the collection box rattles?