Do public school fundraisers drive anyone else but me crazy???? We pay nearly $5,000 a year in property taxes for the public schools and then the neighborhood kids come around selling things to raise money for their public school. We LOVE our neighbors and we contribute to LOTS of charitable causes, but there's just something about giving MORE money to a school system that we don't agree with that really makes me NUTS!
So should I just pick something and shut up about it - after all our neighbors are super generous with us, they lend us things all the time - from their truck to pick up trees for the yard to tools and things that we haven't saved up for yet. Their daughter is ALWAYS at our house helping with the little ones, she LOVES babies and gives our little ones baths and changes diapers and whatever to help out. So I don't want to be stingy, but I would like to convey the message that while I want to support HER, I think we do enough to support her school. The schools here are nearly brand new so it's not like they are falling down or lacking in any major modern convenience.
I was kind of thinking about just giving her $25 and saying - this is what our family has budgeted for charitable giving this month, you can take the money and give it to your school, or you can take the money and give it to another charitable cause (I just got an Angel tree flyer in the mail that I would give her as an idea) or I can put that into our babysitting fund and hire you an extra night to babysit for us!
Blah! I'd love to vent on Facebook, but I'm guessing I'd quickly be defriended by like half my friend population, so I'm ranting here, hoping I'm not the only one to feel this way.
Wheh, I feel better already.