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    Yoda? Is that you?!
    That made me LOL - then awkwardly try to explain to Df why the random laughter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pmakes3 View Post
    Harvest moon you don't have to accept if you felt you didn't need it but perhaps people could divert money usually used on festive "stuff" and put it towards their move to independence from the "system" ( not implying anything about your situation just saying in general!!)
    Considering they left it under a bush and put a note in my letter box stating where it was located, how could i reject it?
    I don't waste money on festive 'stuff' other than presents for the kids as i don't have any other family or really celebrate christmas for thay matter.
    Considering i was employed and renting privately as was my friend we really didn't need to put money towards seeking independance from the 'system'.

    It's fact that these presents and hampers often go to those who truely don't need them.
    A single mother doesn't automatically equate to charity case!
    Why not focus on the homeless and those who are truely disadvantaged?
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    I get what VicPark is saying. Excess spending shouldn't be necessary to make a child feel loved and secure on Christmas Day. Parents who put time into imaginative play can bring joy and entertainment for next to nothing, as she said using Tupperware from the kitchen.

    However I think it's important to remember that not all these parents are capable of that. Some of them might be too high to even remember it's Christmas, some aren't around at all.

    We know for a fact that Christmas is a particularly miserable day for many, many children. That's all we need to know

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    I've been a bit jaded lately about the whole charity thing. Staff that help themselves to kids presents and buy them for next to nothing... that isn't the purpose of the giving trees!

    I used to be a big Salvo's donator and user of their stores but I have stopped. In both the city and the country they are charging outrageous prices in their stores. They are getting lots of money from the govt. Yet the food parcels become less. I know someone that used to do volunteer work there for several months and she said they give out not even half in parcels that they receive in donations, what they make in the store. Yet they are extending their church She also told me all the workers help themselves to all the best stuff before it goes to the shelves and the Manager gives them a 'discount' so it costs them next to nothing.

    I just feel a lot of these non govt organisations are bordering on corrupt...

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    That's awful

    I used to volunteer as a sorter at vinnies and while we got "first dibs" the rules were clear - we could set aside an item and the store manager would price it according to how it would be valued and then we paid full price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    I just feel a lot of these non govt organisations are bordering on corrupt...
    Some, maybe but there are many that do as much as they possibly can. There are organisations out there that have no charity funding and have to fight like made to get grants to support their work. The staff that work in these places outdo themselves and bend over backwards, while knowing that the proposal they sent in last month may not be accepted and next month they may be out of a job and their clients left without help...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TnA View Post
    Some, maybe but there are many that do as much as they possibly can. There are organisations out there that have no charity funding and have to fight like made to get grants to support their work. The staff that work in these places outdo themselves and bend over backwards, while knowing that the proposal they sent in last month may not be accepted and next month they may be out of a job and their clients left without help...
    Oh I agree totally. But how do you know which ones are decent? we don't have a lot of money and I want to know that the small amount we give is actually going to needy people, not on the back of staff who paid 50c for clothes or toys I have donated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    I've been a bit jaded lately about the whole charity thing. Staff that help themselves to kids presents and buy them for next to nothing... that isn't the purpose of the giving trees!

    I used to be a big Salvo's donator and user of their stores but I have stopped. In both the city and the country they are charging outrageous prices in their stores. They are getting lots of money from the govt. Yet the food parcels become less. I know someone that used to do volunteer work there for several months and she said they give out not even half in parcels that they receive in donations, what they make in the store. Yet they are extending their church She also told me all the workers help themselves to all the best stuff before it goes to the shelves and the Manager gives them a 'discount' so it costs them next to nothing.

    I just feel a lot of these non govt organisations are bordering on corrupt...
    I go op shopping regularly and often find that the prices are ridiculous. I have the money to buy brand new and only op shop for he hopes of scoring cool vintage pieces, but I do find myself wandering around thinking why people that actually NEED cheap clothing bother going into some of these stores, when they could buy something brand new from k mart for the same price or even less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redlipsandpearls View Post
    I go op shopping regularly and often find that the prices are ridiculous. I have the money to buy brand new and only op shop for he hopes of scoring cool vintage pieces, but I do find myself wandering around thinking why people that actually NEED cheap clothing bother going into some of these stores, when they could buy something brand new from k mart for the same price or even less.
    I've thought that too. The thing is, while they are crazy priced for the item they are selling, they are often still a little bit cheaper. I saw this mattress in there one day, it looked seriously 30 years old. They had about $100 on it But to buy a brand new double bed mattress you are looking at a min of $200. So if someone was desperate, they would buy that completely overpriced mattress

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    Oh I agree totally. But how do you know which ones are decent? we don't have a lot of money and I want to know that the small amount we give is actually going to needy people, not on the back of staff who paid 50c for clothes or toys I have donated.
    True. We donate through the year to a few smaller organisations rather than the more main******.


 

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