JESSE JOHNSON/Special to Bullet News
No, I would not like to donate a dollar to your company’s charity.
Every single time I go to the check-out counter at big-box stores, the cashiers always ask me if I would like to donate money to some cause that I will never see helped.
I’m not blaming the cashier for doing their job, but I am blaming head office for forcing them to ask each customer and making each person that declines to feel judged.
The mindless interaction at check out doesn’t help anyone.
If the multi-billion dollar company wants to help people then they should donate the money from their profits instead of having employees awkwardly ask each customer to donate money making people feel bad for saying no.
Instead, there could simply be a sign posted at checkout asking for a donation so the customer is aware of the option.
Donating a dollar doesn’t make me feel better for giving to some charity I don’t even know. It doesn’t give me a real understanding for the people I’m supporting and it doesn’t make me happier.
If you’re looking to give back or help others then please go to a real local charity and give them some money or volunteer your time, or even tell your friends about the issues and help raise awareness with your knowledge.
Donating $1 and seeing no results or even remembering where your money is going will not help save the world.
You’re better off donating money to a charity you’re connected to and writing it off on your income tax.
Having donated my time to a Salvation Army by helping feed people who are desperate for food has taught me it is far more eye-opening to go out and see the issues rather than adding a dollar onto your receipt.
When you donate during checkout there isn’t a real, genuine human interaction that should be going on between the person donating and the person in need of the donation.
It’s the human interaction and the feeling of understanding that your money is going to a good cause and it will help people.
The world is full of people who need things other than money, such as warm clothes, food, water, encouragement, time or compassion.
Donating a couple of dollars is not something to be proud of, but donating your time and skills is much more noble.
So no, I would not like to donate a dollar, but I am willing to donate my time… and a few cans of food.
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Jesse Johnson is a graduate of Niagara College’s journalism-print program. He is a freelance writer and photographer, currently living in St. Catharines.