In the middle of the road

What is the deal (sorry to be so Jerry Seinfeld) with the orange-vested people standing in the intersections waving buckets to collect money for whatever church or charity? Every now and then, I recognize the name of a group, but, how do you know they are who they claim to be? Is this really an effective way to raise money for a legitimate group? Is it even legal?

Even if I were inclined to give money out my car window, I probably wouldn’t because it’s irritating to have people walking around the busiest intersections in town. It seems that if you are a legitimate organization, there are other avenues for raising money. Maybe I’m just uninformed, but, it sure looks like there’s a fine line between fundraising and panhandling.

3 Comments so far

  1. Lesley (unregistered) on April 25th, 2006 @ 7:38 am

    I am soooo with you on that. In Memphis, the firefighters have a “fill the boot” campaign where they walk around in traffic with boots and once, I nearly hit one. Didn’t their mamas ever tell them not to play in traffic?

  2. Bo Link (unregistered) on April 25th, 2006 @ 7:58 am

    I’ve always wondered the same thing. How do we really know these people are fundraising for their respective church, football team, cheerleading squad, etc. What’s to stop anyone with Microsoft Word from printing up a flyer, pasting it on a bucket and standing out in traffic?

    After trying to fundraise for the Nashville Kangaroos for the past few years, I’m well aware of the mulititude of possible money-making activities. It would seem like these groups would want to do something a bit less dangerous to raise whatever capital they need.

  3. Jim (unregistered) on April 26th, 2006 @ 1:45 pm

    Then there’s the same genre of peoplel who come soliciting at your door. “Hey, I’m collecting for XYZ soccer team.” or “I’m a college student and I’m trying to go on a mission trip.”

    Nevermind, they don’t have any official-looking identification stating that they are indeed raising money for a legitimate charity.

    That doesn’t even mention the fact that most of these pimply faced kids don’t even bother to present a friendly, professional appearance.

    And the glaring fact that in order to ring my doorbell they had to be completely ignorant, blind or illiterate because I have a “no soliciting” sign just below the doorbell.

    You got me started, busy mom! These questionable solicitors on street corners or my doorstep really chafe my hide.

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