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I work for a nationally known child protection group. It is fun in that we raise a lot of money for kids in crisis. However, some people we call are so rude it’s abominable. It was a challenge before the “so-called” economic disaster but now people are blatantly hostile to phone calls. I would wish everyone who gives to charity and those in the higher echelons would have to spend eight (yes, just eight) hours on the phones to see what it’s like.

It’s times like this when money is really needed to help those less fortunate. I know many folks are caught up in their own “crises” yet if we don’t help others joyfully with what we have then we are all lost. It’s not about what is happening to you but how you respond to it.

Yes, I know there are folks who just cannot help and I understand but it’s the ones who talk about all the other charities they have, or who are rude because of a phone call. I am only doing my job to the best of my ability. I see my work (though I am paid) as service. It keeps me humble. I know many people believe calls for funds are intrusive, however, it’s the quickest way to know whether folks can help or not. So all I ask if you don’t want to give be gracious about it. Rudeness is never necessary.


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