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  •  I just signed up to donate (5+ / 0-)

    $10 per month, sucked directly out of my checking account, to a local soup kitchen.  I used to put coins in a jar on my desk, and when it got too heavy to lift, I would roll the coins and take it in.  But that was only about $55 a year or so.  Now I am contributing $120, and that feels good. (Not sure what to do with those coins now, but I will find a suitable charity.)

    My church keeps a laundry-sized basket in the lobby, and asks people to fill it up.  Once a month it is blessed at the altar and given to a local food ministry.  It is weighed and this is kept track of.  In the most recent newsletter, it was stated that October's take was 130 pounds.  "That is pathetic," the pastor wrote. "We usually give twice that.  Remember to share with the poor."  

    To say my fate is not tied to your fate is like saying, "Your end of the boat is sinking."--Hugh Downs

    by Dar Nirron on Sat Nov 07, 2009 at 05:34:41 PM PST

    •  Good for you! (1+ / 0-)
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      Azazello

      That's a wonderful commitment.

      And to be honest, money is much more useful to most food pantries than canned goods.  Food banks can leverage so much more food for the dollar, plus there's no labor or transportation involved in getting money to them.

      I know doing food drives make people feel good about something tangible, but if everyone would just throw a couple of dollars in the pot, it would go much further.

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