questionsare you planning to donate to help the japanese…

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Personally, I don't believe that a large enough portion of these donations actually help those in need to make them worthwile. What you are really paying for is people's salaries and TV commericals. Also, I can't think of what money can buy that is going to actually help the Japanese. They are one of the richest countries on the planet and a little more money seems like it wouldn't help. Maybe they'll use some of the money to drop food to the people which seems like it would help but writing checks seems to not be what is needed. I could just be cynical...

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I do different philanthropic things throughout the year. (Donating cooked food, bulk food, items, etc) Because I choose to do so. I like the direct impact that I can see, instead of questioning where it goes. Example: A long time ago I was a firefighter for a department that used to raise money for MDA. We learned where I money actually went and ever since then we stopped. That department still does fundraisers, but now puts the money where they choose. Like local charities.

So long story short. Do what pleases you. Do it often. I have little, but I try to share it. Religion is not my deciding factor. Donate to Japan if you want, but believe in the reason why, not because you feel like you need to.

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@xarous: I particularly like to donate to my local food pantry, and I also tend to be more generous with causes that involve children. I agree that people should give as they see fit, but please don't mock others' choices. I am not saying that you are doing that, but I've seen too much of that these last few days. I do not give to the Red Cross, but this has to do with family experiences going back 70 or more years.

This disaster is just so monumental, and it is just getting worse and worse. I'm just very interested in the ideas and opinions of the people of Deals.Woot.

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@meyerk0: Just so that you know and anyone else that happens to stumble upon this. I was not mocking anything.

It was people's generosity that saved my sister and her three kids from Katrina. It was people's generosity that gave my mother and grandmother a place to go when their home, along with years of memories were wiped out by Katrina.
I, myself have been on both ends. Giving and receiving.

I just wanted people to believe in what they were giving to or for.

Cheers.

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@xarous: I never thought you were mocking. I think you made some very good points. I'm sorry if I gave you the wrong impression. I would like to hear more from people like you. Thank you for your comments.

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While I was in the Navy they had an annual charity fundraising drive and they gave out little booklets that told how much of the money donated went to administrative costs, advertising, actual charity work, etc. Some charities are really awful on expenditures, while others are down at 10% or less.

But to answer your question, yes, I am donating.

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I did and I plan to donate more soon.

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I wasn't really planning on it, but my employer is doing a match on any donations from employees. We just have to send them a receipt and they'll donate a matching amount. If I can find a good charity where most of the proceeds go to the cause, I'll do what I can.

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@retsoksirhc: I saw the living social deal where if you donate $5 to the ARC, they will match. It would be cool if you could get LS and your company to match your $5 donation (even though ARC is one of those charities that should be monitored for spending).

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hell yeah!
unlike katrina, I don't see any thugs raping women, looting houses, and acting like animals in the streets, so while I didn't donate a cent to katrina relief, I've already donated $100 to the red cross with instructions it be used in Japan.