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Category: I Ask You

When “On The Ground” Doesn’t Help

So, who are you guys donating to?

Here’s my thing. I gave to Doctors Without Borders, even though I don’t agree with some of their politics, because doctors and medicine seem to be the biggest need right now.

But I want to give to other charities too, and I don’t know who. I won’t give to the Red Cross because they can’t seem to stay out of trouble. After every big tragedy like this, there always seems to be a huge scandal about embezzling and money going to the wrong locations. Besides, they only have 3 stars at Charity Navigator.

I normally give to AJWS, but their website says that donations will go to charities on the island that they’ve already established relationships with, in calmer times. I don’t see how that could possibly work. What use is money in Haiti, right now? They can’t buy medicine or food or even water, because there simply isn’t any to be had. They might as well burn it to boil contaminated water.

So what good, reputable charity is successfully flying/shipping stuff in? I’m at a loss.

Twenty Bucks

So Crow and I were at Petsmart this morning, and as we were walking out, I saw a credit card lying on the ground in the parking lot. I went, “Hmmm. That’s not good.” So I picked it up and, not seeing anyone around who was looking for it, stuck it in my pocket.

I was going to call the credit card company, but then I figured the guy would be worrying, and he’d have to wait for the new card, yadda, etc. So I googled him (unusual name) and called to let him know I had it. His wife made a big fuss over what a saint I am (HA!), and he verified the card number and lender over the phone, and I told him where he could meet me.

Anyway, when we met, I had him show me his ID, and I gave him the card back. And then he forced twenty bucks on me. I tried to convince him to give it to the Humane Society or something, but he wouldn’t hear it, and it got awkward, so I took it.

Now I can’t spend it, you know. There was only one civil option and I took it, and I can’t take money for that. So I ask you. What should I do with the twenty bucks?