Note before I answer: I will try my best to read everyone’s blog posts every day, but I cannot guarantee I’ll be able to stop by everyone’s or leave a comment for that matter. It’s definitely high up on my priority list though – I just have exams next week and I’m trying to work studying/finishing homework around my work schedule too. I’ll try my best though!
This is a tough question, because I like to be charitable. However, I’m also in school, working a minimum wage job. If I frequent my favourite coffee shop, I may leave my change if it’s like 50 cents in their tip jar. If I’m at school I may leave that 50 cents in the MSA charity fund. I think anything over 50 cents right now I hang on to. This may sound awful, but realistically, I don’t have a lot of cash right now. And sure, I could use that 50 cents I save for my coffee every day towards one of those charity buckets. I know this, and sure, I feel rotten about it.
Part of why I don’t always leave change in the charity buckets is because I don’t trust many charities. I see a lot of buckets for united way – when only 10% of the proceeds actually go towards their cause. I find a lot of those charities to be scams. I like to donate my money to local charities/organizations like burn victims, firefighters, schools, cancer research, local children’s hospitals etc. I guess that can make me sound like a cynic, and maybe I am.
I honestly think time can be a more valuable thing for me to donate, and I miss having that extra time to volunteer. I suppose time is something I could afford, but at the cost of stretching myself much too thin, it has taken a back burner (temporarily). The only thing I’ve been able to keep up with is donating my blood. But I know that’s not enough. There’s never enough. Maybe that’s just as awful of a thought – knowing I can’t ever give enough of myself without being completely void of everything. Maybe I need to be a bit selfish sometimes, and I know that’s just an awful, terrible, despicable thought.
I guess the honest truth isn’t always pretty.
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