This past weekend I was running around town doing errands and came across three different youth groups in a fund raising activity. One was a baseball team, the other was a football team and the third was a cheerleader group. I had children in various activities and I fully understand the need to raise funds for equipment and trips. So you may be surprised to know that I didn’t offer to participate in any of the three events, and in fact, wanted to chew out their sponsors. Why you ask? Why would I not want to help out youth trying to raise funds? The answer is simple. All three groups were panhandling!
Yes they all had buckets asking for “contributions” to help with their costs. I’m sorry but I find that extremely despicable as well as teaching these kids that someone else should take care of your problems. If they had been selling candy or offering to take groceries to cars, that would have been different. Maybe washing cars, selling doughnuts, wrapping paper….anything. I would have most likely done at least one of them.
Now at the risk of offending anyone that has participated in one of these events, these parents and sponsors should be ashamed. It is not other folks duty to pay for your kids to be in these organizations. If you can’t afford it and the kids cant have a real fundraiser, then don’t be a part of it. Life is tough and life isn’t always fair. When you get older you don’t always get what you want and you generally have to pay your own way in life.
On the other hand, I wouldn’t mind a little help getting my mortgage paid off early. Could some of you guys help me out please? My paypal account is………………
Speaking of obnoxious kids, a restaurant in North Carolina has decided to ban screaming kids. My hat goes off to them! No my kids were not always angels, but if one of them acted up, I got up and left with them, though honestly it was extremely rare. To sit there and let your kids scream and cry and not do anything is extremely irritating, and I’m glad to see this place do something about it. More restaurants should join in with this policy. I was at a fast food place recently and a couple had a child with them who for some reason just started screaming and whaling away. These people did nothing until they were through eating and finally left. The management chose not to do anything either. I think more establishments should have the guts to take a stand like this. They would certainly have my business.