Shelter Stories: A Mr.Frisky Blog
The Grand Gesture
We all dream of having enough money to make the big donation - the one that "really counts".
I remember reading decades ago, about a Charity who received $3 a month from a donor. Many charities had refused his donations saying it was too small. As you likely know, many donation pages start at a minimum amount. Although most have an "Other", I wish they would rename it to "We Welcome Your Donation Amount of $_____"; Other just makes it sound like you're cheap.
Anyway, this man finally found a Charity who welcomed his $3 as if it was $3,000. As his income rose over the years, so did his donations. Eventually he was donating $100 a month. Had they turned him away at the beginning, they would have lost a lifelong donor. Surveys and studies that show lower and middle income people give far more of their limited monetary resources to charity than wealthy people - isn't that a sad fact?
So the truth is that $3 does matter. The truth is that saving lives at an animal shelter isn't due to grand gestures. It's due to:
So don't wait till you hit it big in Vegas or win the lottery.
Just Love and Give at your local animal shelter, rescue or sanctuary.
Mr.Frisky says Thanks!