Have you ever had a day where you just needed a little love? How about a little break? How about a little help? Everyone of us has had one of them days. Unfortunately, in today’s world, many people are having that kind of day, over and over; like the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog_Day_(film) ). Its time to stop assuming that someone else will step up to do the job, to give a little bit back to your family, community, local charity, neighbor or anyone you can think of, who might just need a little help.
I’ve had my share of down and out times. I hail from a one income, single parent home, living in what most would call the suburb ghetto of Los Angeles; but I overcame all the obstacles placed in front of me; so its time for me to give back in a big way. I tried to give back by opening a wig business to help those who suffer from hair loss due to Cancer, Leukemia and Alopecia; only to meet some pretty shady people in the art, music and beauty scene in Arizona. They not only pretended to give back, but they also took advantage of my generosity, friendliness and never reciprocated with any donations or charity, just slander and gossip. So closing that chapter in my life was the best thing that could have happened to me; as i’m now free to give back to those who truly matter to me.
A few of the charities i’ve been donating to for the past 15 years have been the Breast Cancer Resource Center in Princeton, NJ; Susan G Komen (I stopped giving to this organization after learning that they sued other charities for using the “for a cure” tagline wasting tons of donated dollars, which they could have used to do good. For example in 2005 I learned that one of my most dearest clients was refused a bus pass from the NJ chapter of Susan G Komen, after she contacted them for the assistance, to get her to a cancer research appointment in PA; where she was volunteering he r own body to research breast cancer, while she was alive, to help those who might be saved from what she went through); Goodwill was another charity that was very high on my donation list (until I learned that their CEO of Goodwill Industries Suncoast Inc is earning $440,197; the CEO of Goodwill Industries of South Florida, Inc is earning $316,685; The CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, Inc. is earning $393,001while paying some of their employees less than minimum wage; monies made on donated goods.); Salvation Army (which I will continue to donate too), as well as St Vincent De Paul’s (because they give back 100% of everything they make from the donations, to help the community) and to many individuals that welcomed my assistance.
Recently I have donated the goods collected in my Extreme Coupon endeavors to the St Vincent De Paul’s food bank, Sojourner Center of Phoenix, AZ, City of Angels of NJ, plus a few private individuals. Soon I’ll be donating to many other organizations that are not large enough to garner the Millions of dollars given to charity yearly. The easiest way to give back to your community is to listen to your neighbors, take a look around your streets and take note of what is missing, what might assist and what is needed. Most local charities with thrift stores will come to you to collect your goods, however you will also find some charities that are so small they make it a little difficult to actually get goods to them. Don’t give up, keep on track and make every effort to connect with those who assist the groups closest to your heart. Believe me, each and everyone of us can use the assistance at one time or another in this lifetime.
Facts on Goodwill Industries CEO salaries was complied from this site: