This is a subject that has been on my mind for quite some time. But now that baseball and softball season has started, it is something that I have seen come up quite a bit. Years ago the kids would at least sell something in order to raise money for their sports team. Now they pretty much stand outside of local businesses, with the can held out in front of them, doing what I can only call as organized begging. This is something that there are permits for, they are legally allowed to be there. But I cannot help but feel a mixture of guilt, and annoyance every time I see one of these little tykes out there, dressed in their uniforms, with at least one adult standing beside them, awkwardly asking for change.
It’s not as if you can pass by them and completely ignore them. I personally feel terrible if I don’t at least say hello–even if I don’t happen to have any cash on me at the time. But I think that exploiting the children’s cuteness to essentially beg passers by for money is just awful. At least in the past few years in my town, most of the organizations have given the parents the option of not doing the tagging–but they pay handsomely for that option.
I guess I am just not sure whatever happened to selling things and actually making the effort to make money. I see fewer and fewer car washes, candy bar sales, and other things that are actually giving the donor something in return (so it is more like the kids are actually earning the donation) and more of this “tagging” and I see it every year. My point is, there are so many other options for fundraising that are much better for the community, why resort to the can? 0403-15