January 10, 2012

The world don’t have to know

Every year around this time (nearing Chinese New Year), I will get quite a number of calls from various people asking me if I want to make donations to various charity homes and centers. A few ask me to join them so that they can collect a total amount and make a donation to whatever charity homes or centers they have selected. My usual question is … why the need to collect from everyone and total it up to a big lump sum? Someone told me that way it looks better donating a bigger amount. Then my next question is … looks better for who?

What is the purpose of making a donation … to look good? So that you can show and tell everyone that you have done a very good deed and you want people to recognize you for that? Does it bother you if you are only making a small contribution … so you need to make a big donation to look better?

I am sure the intention is good and worthy and I am sure the charity homes and centers will benefit from the good initiative. But for me, I don’t make donation this way … as a matter of fact, I don’t like making donation this way at all. I don’t like the idea of people wanting to make a big donation so that “it looks better” for some reasons.

Please don’t call me and ask me to participate in your “it looks better” donation plan. I have my own idea of contributing to the unfortunate ones (if I do contribute any) … I may not have a lot to give but I give whatever I can afford to whoever I think needs it. That’s all I will tell you. And you don’t have to tell me about your donations and contributions to charitable causes … I don’t want to know and I have no reasons to appreciate it.

Really, at the end of the day, as long as you know and you feel good that you have done your part to help the unfortunate ones, that is enough … the rest of the world don’t have to know.