Is it surprising to note that donations that are usually aplenty once the holidays are nearing are dwindling in numbers? Considering the state of the world today, it should not really be surprising. People are having a hard time coping with the economic crisis and before good deeds can be done, they have to look out for their own means of survival.
This is not an act of being selfish. Times are really hard and the charity groups just have to accept that fact. Over the years more charities have been blessed with donation in the form of money and in kind but today, the best they can hope for are perhaps in kind donations.
In kind means of course stuff like used clothes or even gadgets that are no longer in use. While many of these charities need money to finance their operating expenses, the best they can do is perhaps to conserve or cut down on some of them.
There is the issue of food allocation as well, a part that is sure to be affected. Rising prices are not helping and surely, a lot of cuts will be done. Until the economic issues stabilize, everyone is affected and this includes the good causes.
Charities mean well but it needs the support of generous donors. But while they cannot be forced, it remains that people are not hesitant to share. The factors affecting giving is just something that they cannot override at this point.
Originally posted on November 7, 2008 @ 1:58 am