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The Value of a Dollar

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Valkyrie

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About twenty years ago I stopped at Tim Hortons to grab lunch.  I needed to go grocery shopping, but had to wait until payday and had five bucks to last the rest of the week.  A dollar went further then than it does now, which meant I had just enough to pay for some cheap groceries until I got paid.  It was very crowded due to it being "Camp Day", when they collect donations to send needy/ill children to summer camp.  There were several people with boxes collecting donations and a girl approached me with a big smile and asked if I would like to make a donation.  I looked at the dollars in my hand, did some math, and came to the conclusion that I didn't have any money I could give.  She said "even just a dollar is fine". Or something along those lines.  Giving a dollar meant that I had to skip eating, and at the time I worked 12 hour days six days a week as the assistant manager of an equestrian center.  So it was very physical work requiring lots of energy.  I apologized and said I wasn't able to donate.  The look on her face made it very clear that she thought I was being a cheapskate.  I felt horrible.  I would have been more than happy to donate, had I been in a position to do so.  

 

Fast forward to today.  It's Camp Day again at TH.  I no longer have to worry about scrimping every dollar until payday.  So I made a donation and included an extra dollar.  I hope that person twenty years ago has learned some empathy.  You never know what someone needs that dollar for.

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This is very true and you make an interesting point. Of course nowadays, if you go to Tim Hortons with five bucks you're lucky to come out with any change at all, but that's inflation for you. It was wrong of her to put pressure on you to donate, but I know that's what they do. There are many reasons why people choose to give or not to give to certain charities and people shouldn't feel the need to explain their decision to complete strangers who are, after all, asking them for money. Most people have a charity that for whatever reason, is particularly close to their heart and they will do whatever they can to help, but giving is very personal and these people should recognise this fact.

 

Also, it was a bit cheeky of her to say 'even just a dollar is fine'. I don't know what the value of a dollar twenty years ago, would be today, but it's definitely more money than anyone should be expected to put into a random collection box in Tim Hortons.

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1 hour ago, Dodger said:

This is very true and you make an interesting point. Of course nowadays, if you go to Tim Hortons with five bucks you're lucky to come out with any change at all, but that's inflation for you. It was wrong of her to put pressure on you to donate, but I know that's what they do. There are many reasons why people choose to give or not to give to certain charities and people shouldn't feel the need to explain their decision to complete strangers who are, after all, asking them for money. Most people have a charity that for whatever reason, is particularly close to their heart and they will do whatever they can to help, but giving is very personal and these people should recognise this fact.

 

Also, it was a bit cheeky of her to say 'even just a dollar is fine'. I don't know what the value of a dollar twenty years ago, would be today, but it's definitely more money than anyone should be expected to put into a random collection box in Tim Hortons.

You are very right, Dodger.  I get a breakfast sandwich and coffee from TH almost every morning on my way to work and it costs $5 and change.  If I remember right, back then I got a bagel and a drink for a dollar and change.  Not sure if I got a drink or not, though.  My memory isn't that good.  lol  Now when places do their 'round up to the nearest dollar' for charity or ask for a donation I usually say 'not today' or something like that and have never had anyone give me attitude about it.  There's plenty of other ways I give back and usually to organizations/causes that hold interest to me and I trust.  And you are right, no one should have to justify their decision to give to a charity or not.  

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