A non-Yankees related rant…skip it, if that doesn’t interest you…
Everyone in my family has been sick for a while – my wife and both my kids. It was only a matter of time before it caught up to me. And, yesterday, it landed. Actually, since they first became ill a couple of weeks ago, I’m surprised that it took this long to get me.
Related, this morning, on the way to work, I stopped at the local retail drug store chain outlet to get some Cold-Eeze. As I paid for it, at the counter, the cashier asked me if I would also like to donate a dollar to the Haiti Relief Fund.
Now, this is a pet peeve of mine. To be candid, its gotten me in trouble at work, in the past, when I’ve been asked by my employer to contribute part of my pay to the United Way or to partake in a group activity during the holidays to buy gifts for the needy.
I’m all for making charitable contributions. I think it is important. And, my family does make donations throughout the year – to the efforts and organizations that we feel are helping those in need, etc. But, it’s our choice as to who we give to, and when, and how much, etc. Further, no one else has a right to get involved in the process – as its our business (and not theirs).
Back to this morning, when the woman at the counter asked me about donating the dollar to the Haiti Relief Fund, I politely answered “No, not at this time. Thank you.”
So, what happened? The woman looked at me as if I was the nastiest and most uncaring person on the face of the earth. I let it go at that and left the store.
Next time someone asks me if I want to make a donation to their particular charity, I’m going to say “Yes, I’d be more than willing to do that, if, in exchange, you’d be willing to make a matching donation to my designated charities of choice.”
And, then, perhaps, I’ll be able to give them a look when they say “No thank you”?