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Diane Caso May 22, 2013 at 09:54 pm
PLEASE, PLEASE...if you donate, make sure it is to a reputable charity. Although so much aid wasRead More given to Sandy, Katrina, etc victems...there is always that element that is out to make a quick buck for their pockets. My daughter lives inOKC-thankfully, her family is safe. Many churches in OKC are giving aid. Check FB OKLAHOMA AID . Make sure that any donations get where they will really help those in such dire need. It's just so unfathomable to me that a disaster of this magnitude follows so close on the heels of SANDY.
Mrs. G. May 22, 2013 at 11:58 pm
Diane you stated what many people with the right mindset needs to hear. We are housing Sandy victimsRead More for the last 7 months, and that has fallen on deaf ears. My parents lost their home to a major fire. Loss is very close to home. But, people who want to help need to think through how to do so in a responsible way. Sending money without thinking how and where it goes is not responsible. It might make people feel good, but is that really the goal of giving?
proud May 23, 2013 at 01:15 am
Can't hurt.
Barzillai August 28, 2012 at 02:15 pm
Discretionary money is what's left after you pay the mortgage, food, transportation, etc. EveryoneRead More has their story to tell, obviously, but keep in mind that higher income families can and should donate more. Ranking places like this is rather boorish. Reminds me of how the College Board decided that our annual parental obligation was 25% of our gross income. I would have laughed if it wasn't so painful. Especially in times like these, people are having to get creative with their local charitable contributions. The Waltons used to make each other's Christmas gifts. We cut back on gift giving and give more of our time and talents and a little bit less of our cash.
rosemary conte August 28, 2012 at 04:09 pm
I'm not surprised that our area is so far down on the giving list. Simply, there is just not enoughRead More money to live on for many people, let alone money to give away. I'm curious as to how such studies acquire the information from people as to how much discretionary income is available in their households. Leaving out the millionaires....it would seem that most people in NJ have less disposable income than those in many other places because living expenses here are so high.
Paul M August 30, 2012 at 03:35 pm
I gave clothes to worthy organizations. I give enough cash in the form of property tax with no kidsRead More in school.