Charitable Contributions vs. Sponsorship
It may be that I am becoming a curmudgeon. That could explain my growing resentment of being asked to pledge to a charity picked by someone else, who is enjoying an activity for free by getting pledges.
As have many of you, I have paid teens so much per pin for bowling for some charity. I didn’t mind. Bowling is fun for the kids. The charity is a good one. I gave it little thought.
Similar to contributing per bowling pin, I have pledged so much per mile for people walking or running for some charity of their choice. They don’t have to pay an entry fee when they are participating for charity.
Of course, I could have contributed to the charity directly, regardless of whether the solicitor ran or walked or bowled. Or, I could donate to a different charity of my own choosing, again, without any activity by a third person.
I like to ride horses. I can do it with or without sponsors. I could go on a 100 mile ride and all who read this could pay me so much per mile. I could have the fun and get the credit for raising money from you to give to my favorite charity.
Or, you could leave me out of the loop and donate directly, which I encourage you to do.
The Red Cross, various church organizations, and other charitable groups are doing lots of good to help people who have suffered as a result of the recent tornadoes and current wildfires, as well as helping others throughout the world. There are charities that fight diseases, such as cancer and M.S., or help wounded veterans, or needy children. Most are good causes.
Please give, whether or not I bowl, run, bike, walk or ride my horse. Choose your own way to help. Bless your hearts for doing so!
However, if you wouldn’t give unless I ride my horse, let me know about your pledge and I will take old Woody out for a spin. I will send your money on to my charity after I deduct the cost of feeding Woody and maybe renting my saddle to myself. You know, for charity — the one I pick.