Yes Vax2000, I must say that agree with your post in its entirety.
The Salvation Army is one of my chosen charities, that I choose to donate to on a regular basis every month.
I believe in the work they do, and will never forget that they were the only group who would go to the Front Line in the war to support dying soldiers and comfort the suffering.
My preference is to donate what I can afford, and to a Charity of my own choosing.
I will not "donate" to a charity just because I am asked to do so, and particularly if they knock on my door.
In Adelaide on a number of occasions, evil-minded thieves have knocked on people's doors, claiming to be from one particular charity or another in order to solicit money for their own private purposes... this has given rise to much fear and dubiousness about contributing to ANY charity that knocks on one's door.
I believe Vax2000 posted everything that needs to be said about derek.brown.au's post.
I would not like to think myself as a "mean miser", nor one who is not sympathetic to others in need.
Thank you vax2000 for your post, I support it fully, and will continue to donate to my 8 preferred charities my way, and not when a stranger calls at the door asking for money.