The Salvation Army Bell Ringers are OUT! HELP - page 2

You know, I'm all for giving to those less fortunate, but everytime I see them I feel guilty. I can't give to every single bell ringer out there! If you give at one store and go to another, they... Read More

  1. by   Mkue
    I usually try to give some coins once at the beginning of the season and then I can say, "I already gave".. I do like the sound of the bells, and hope the $ goes where it is needed.
  2. by   Rustyhammer
    I don't know about your neighborhood but most of the bell-ringers over here look like they live under the bridge.
    -Russell
  3. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by Rustyhammer
    I don't know about your neighborhood but most of the bell-ringers over here look like they live under the bridge.
    Thank you very much. That needed to be said.

    Heather
  4. by   Q.
    Isn't that all the more reason they should be ringing bells for donations in the first place?
  5. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by Susy K
    Isn't that all the more reason they should be ringing bells for donations in the first place?
    Sure. I donate to Planned Parenthood too. Doesn't mean they should put knocked up 16 year olds in front of every store ringing a bell for money.

    Heather
  6. by   emily_mom
    Seems like I always have a headache when I run into them. Gets on your last da*n nerve, esp after fighting crowds all day. I'm with Rusty...I'll give em money to be quiet for a minute!!!
  7. by   shygirl
    Originally posted by Rustyhammer
    I don't know about your neighborhood but most of the bell-ringers over here look like they live under the bridge.
    -Russell
    Over here too Russell! LOL
  8. by   Lausana
    I'm not really sure if I'm supposed to be, but I can't stop LMAO, you guys are hilarious :roll I will give some change tomorrow to make ammends.
  9. by   dianah
    Be grateful, and be careful what you wish for . . .

    my husband says he offered to play banjo for them, instead of ringing a bell, and they politely declined . . .



    Actually, right now he's working on a classical arrangement of "White Christmas" on the banjo . . . sounds good, too! (and I hear it A LOT!!! LOL!!) -- D

  10. by   Kayzee
    I see the ringers everywhere I go. These days it seems like their everywhere. Gets to be annoying. I give to a few, but I am not going to feel pressured into giving to all red kettles. Thats ridiculous. Sometimes I even avoid them and go out a different door. How's that for guilt?
  11. by   Sleepyeyes
    But, according to this month's Reader's Digest, the Salvation Army gives 83% of its proceeds to the needy, and its CEO makes some piddling little amount like $15,000 a year.

    Makes me think I'm doing more than paying for pricey TV commercials.
    Last edit by Sleepyeyes on Nov 26, '02
  12. by   Q.
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER
    Sure. I donate to Planned Parenthood too. Doesn't mean they should put knocked up 16 year olds in front of every store ringing a bell for money.

    Heather
    Hmm. Don't know how I feel about that.
    The Salvation Army has actually helped us a few times (well, actually, helped my father) in that they give you a nice, clean place to live in exchange for work. That work probably entails standing outside in the cold ringing bells. :chuckle

    I guess I'm partial to old men who looked like they crawled out from under the bridge. Probably because I've seen my dad look a lot worse. :stone
  13. by   baseline
    I don't think we are denying the good that the Salvation Army does, I am getting the impression we are objecting to their manner of collecting donations.

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