People might not appreciate this…

It wasn’t till I introduced myself to the VP and started dance around the idea that I want to donate coats to the school that I was smacked with the notion that this could be seen as wildly presumptuous and insensitive.   It is the unthought notion of the stigma of charity.

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  1. Krista,
    It sounds like you’ve run into an awkward situation. I think it’s great that you’re taking that initiative, and for sure, there is need for it in the schools at which we are teaching. At my school, today’s staff meeting brought to light the fact that the number of students who are financially at risk in the school (who are not ALREADY being serviced by the school’s efforts) has increased from the 70s to somewhere in the 90s in just ONE year. Insane. Though it might be awkward and uncomfortable, we cannot pretend that people in our own communities don’t need a little help from time to time.

    I think it’s all in the way you approach these things. Confidentiality is key, of course, and I think it’s a good idea to piggy-back on some other established group if you have a charity idea brewing, because that group will already have policies in place to deal with those confidentiality issues, and will know how best to get materials to the people who need them.

    I also think some of the stigma with charities has to do with the multitude of them. I know I have felt a little bit…bombarded by the number of fundraising events that have been going on at my school in the short few weeks that I’ve been here. It seems that every day there is a new event or cause that needs something from me, and as a struggling student myself, this gets to be overwhelming. However, seeing how well these fundraising efforts succeed, especially considering how many of them are operating simultaneously, really goes to show that, though everyone might not be receptive to the idea all the time, it’s important to run events and campaigns because they really do yield amazing results that can change lives.

    Food for thought! Keep up the enthusiasm and initiative, Krista!

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