Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Philadelphia Inquirer | 12/14/2005 | A double standard in charity

Philadelphia Inquirer | 12/14/2005 | A double standard in charity: "A double standard in charity
Giving to the poor lags this year despite a rise in donations to hospitals and religious groups.
By Toni Callas
Inquirer Staff Writer

The clang of the tiny, gold bell drew Maple Shade's Marlene Currier to the Salvation Army's familiar red kettle outside Strawbridge's at the Cherry Hill Mall.

She put in a few dollars and was on her way. It didn't matter that she had already given to a New Orleans family devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

'My husband and I live by the saying, 'To whom much is given, much is expected,' ' Currier said. 'We are very blessed and want to give when we can.'

Apparently many Americans feel the same. Despite reports that donor fatigue is affecting Christmas giving, those who keep track say agencies and groups will see an overall increase from the $250 billion raised for charity last year."

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