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    For many of us, the very first response to almost any emergency is "He/She/They need hand-made quilts"

    Interestingly enough, some of us are willing to spend $20+ and hours of time on a quilt and donating it - but not so willing to send $20 in cash for mundane things like water and food. (Assuming that the cash would go for what it was intended)

    Wonder why?

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    I think it is because the $20 rarely goes where it should, or may 50 cents of it...

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    I feel like I am contributing more if I give an object than if I just give cash. It can even be a store bought item. I don't know why; strange, huh????

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    money is so NONpersonal...seems like it means more to the receiver & the giver if it is a touchy-feely thing!

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    Sometimes cash or $$ is the best choice... but we often want the reciever to know we cared enough to send something more ... our time ... our caring... our hugs... to us quilters .. quilts are so much of our being we really feel we are giving more when we give quilts.

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    I have fabric & time, but very few dollars. :roll:

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    I do not like giving cash there are a few I will give to. After I found out that the arthritis collections only got 25 cents out of every dollar that was collected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twisted Quilter
    I have fabric & time, but very few dollars. :roll:
    :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn
    Quote Originally Posted by Twisted Quilter
    I have fabric & time, but very few dollars. :roll:
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    Me too.
    We give time and talents. And plenty of it. That's what makes us happy.
    We use our money for bills, helping out the kids and grandkids, buying fabric (my hobby), the History and Military Channels (DH hobby), and going out every now and then for a nice dinner. That's what makes us happy. We will die happy.

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    I will join you in getting tarred and feathered for this, bear, but why whenever there is a tragedy involving kids, people end up sticking stuffed animals on a chain link fence somewhere?

    I always think, gee there are kids in foster care/hospitals who would like those stuffies...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    For many of us, the very first response to almost any emergency is "He/She/They need hand-made quilts"

    Interestingly enough, some of us are willing to spend $20+ and hours of time on a quilt and donating it - but not so willing to send $20 in cash for mundane things like water and food. (Assuming that the cash would go for what it was intended)

    Wonder why?
    I send in more than $20 for many mundane "things" when I can. I think perhaps one reason I am often hesitant is that the $20. may never get to those in need. For instance, the World Food Program that is about to run out of money to help feed those in Somalia. Unfortunately, southern Somalia is being controlled by al-Shabab right now and they will not accept food from "infidels". Also, in Somalia food sent for those in the famine areas is being stolen and sold. So, I do not think we quilters (or others) are stingy... sometimes we just dont know what to do to really help.

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    u send what u can.. some it is $, some it is quilts, some it is food..... it's a personal choice.

    In these crazy times it can be hard to decide who , what and where to donate. We are particular of who we donate too, If the majority of a monitary donation ( $ ) does not go directly to the ppl it is designed to help, we do not send $. We do not feel comfortable sendign cash to pay saleries, advertising and admistrative costs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by flowerjoy
    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    For many of us, the very first response to almost any emergency is "He/She/They need hand-made quilts"

    Interestingly enough, some of us are willing to spend $20+ and hours of time on a quilt and donating it - but not so willing to send $20 in cash for mundane things like water and food. (Assuming that the cash would go for what it was intended)

    Wonder why?
    I send in more than $20 for many mundane "things" when I can. I think perhaps one reason I am often hesitant is that the $20. may never get to those in need. For instance, the World Food Program that is about to run out of money to help feed those in Somalia. Unfortunately, southern Somalia is being controlled by al-Shabab right now and they will not accept food from "infidels". Also, in Somalia food sent for those in the famine areas is being stolen and sold. So, I do not think we quilters (or others) are stingy... sometimes we just dont know what to do to really help.
    I agree - I think if we "knew" that our $ were being spent in the ways we intended, it would be easier to donate $ to a cause.

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    There are many reasons. When you give $20.00 most of it will not reach the destination. Sometimes money is better, but only if it can be given in person, which in most cases is not possible. In another instances, everyone will send money to get needed things and forget the little things that make us feel good and loved, and nothing do that better than a quilt, in my opinion. In many cases all you can afford is 10 or 20 dollars, but by donating a quilt it can be sold or raffled off and raise much more than you could donate by giving cash. When I donate a quilt I am not expecting that someone will own it immediately. It can be used any way they see fit to help those in need.

    I once made one for Stop Domestic Violence. They had a surplus of them and used mine for a while to decorate their office and later on raffled it to help buy food for their shelter. I am sure at the end someone is loving my quilt and the charitable organization got their much needed assistance.

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    Sometimes it is exactly what I want to give, maybe not what is exactly wanted to receive.

    I give a gift from the heart and hope that is the way it is accepted. What happens to it from the point I "gift" it, is entirely up to the receiver.

    Money now goes to many family members for gifts as I have seen what they do with other gifts and my heart says they need money worse at certain times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    For many of us, the very first response to almost any emergency is "He/She/They need hand-made quilts"

    Interestingly enough, some of us are willing to spend $20+ and hours of time on a quilt and donating it - but not so willing to send $20 in cash for mundane things like water and food. (Assuming that the cash would go for what it was intended)

    Wonder why?
    I believe it is because people have been burned by charities before. There are very few I give cash to, and that is because I know where the money will be spent -- it's intended purpose, and not for overly inflated salaries of multiple layers of unnecessary management, not 70 cents of every dollar used to pay for fundraising activities (!!!). Next time you get a call or letter asking for a cash donation, ask them to first send you a copy of their annual report which shows their budget. See the responses you get. By law, they have to tell you. They will try to stall. Check out http://www.charitynavigator.org/inde....view&cpid=224 to see more about this and who ends up with what.

    And, no tarring and feathering...you just asked a legit question.

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    I would send money to help...IF someone I knew was going there and would make sure it got to whomever I wanted it to go to.

    Once, driving around in Mexico my brother and his wife ran onto a girl's orphanage that was in dire need of everything. So for some years they went back and took a lot of stuff there, and we all dug deep for them. He was/is hard nosed enough to make sure that every dress and every pair of shoes and every dollar went to that orphanage and none other. He even piped in water so they wouldn't have to buy it a few gallons at a time.

    Now where else could this happen? Every thing we sent went right there.
    But other charities? I don't really trust them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S
    Sometimes cash or $$ is the best choice... but we often want the reciever to know we cared enough to send something more ... our time ... our caring... our hugs... to us quilters .. quilts are so much of our being we really feel we are giving more when we give quilts.
    Very well stated!

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    Funny, just below my letter when I pushed "SEND" came this thing right below it!!!!!!




    Donate Car to Make-A-Wish
    Donate your Car to Help CA kids Free towing/ Maximum Tax Deduction
    wheelsforwishes. org/ Make-A-Wish

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    I get tired of everyone wanting money and not items. I have also been dissapointed over the years with how money was handled. If some one needs food I would definitely give food over a quilt. I am just leary over giving money. When we adopted our first two children we also sponsored children in orphanages and send money monthly. When our children were home I asked the agency if I could send a thank you note and a picture to the people that had sponsored our children. I then found out that each of my children had 8 sponsors. The combined monthly money collected on each of my children was the same as a years income in the country they were living. It definitely was not spend on my children.

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    When asked to donate I always ask where the money ends up-

    when the tsunami hit in '05 and then the hurricane in Haiti- I was asked to give. I said- I know we have children in the US that go to bed hungry and don't have shoes. I need to help them first. There will be a lot of help for the natural disasters, but we need to help our children.

    I volunteer with AFSP- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. It's a difficult subject to talk about but its serves a need- just like awareness groups for diabetes, cancers, etc. I researched it before getting on board- I want to be sure what they provide is good info. I feel comfortable giving money to them as I've seen the benefit of the programs they provide.

    Just remember when you're giving money to be sure the charity is legitimate and the money will get to its intended end use.

    Barb

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    What gets me is they ask for cash donations and will send a t-shirt, a bag, a magazine subscription, etc., all free? I think not!

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    A quilt could last for many years keeping someone warm. Bottles of water will be gone in a heartbeat. I do not donate money, but I can donate my time. ;-)

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    A quilt will last alot longer and be way more useful than money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    For many of us, the very first response to almost any emergency is "He/She/They need hand-made quilts"

    Interestingly enough, some of us are willing to spend $20+ and hours of time on a quilt and donating it - but not so willing to send $20 in cash for mundane things like water and food. (Assuming that the cash would go for what it was intended)

    Wonder why?
    because some think the quilts will be well received and are needed..not always the case..as with the money you never know where the quilt really ends up..until you see one day on ebay!

    The $$ however if given to the right hands can provide, gas for a person to get to work, shoes, clothing, tampons....just ask anyone who has actually survived a natural disaster and they will tell you...give the money to a local church that might be doing a mission run to that area..or the Lions club...there is always an organization heading into the area to help where needed..give them $20 for gas money to get there!

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