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Public Service Announcement

This is the time of year when many charities become more active and, in turn, so do fake charities.  Celebrate holidays or not, you probably have a heart and you’re probably likely to give to people less fortunate than yourself.

It’s sad that we have to go through this every year, but I care too much about those less fortunate than myself not to take a break from the comedy and photo work to remind my audience of this.

Just remember that the easiest charities to give to probably aren’t charities.   And, if they do the most good, they probably don’t need a slogan to tell you that. Yes, I’m specifically referring to the Salvation Army.  This is the part of the article where I was going to embed videos from someone more articulate and more knowledgeable on the subject, but was unable to clear permission in time.  Instead, I’ll provide links to her videos:

Before You Give To The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army: Doing “The Most Good”?

Common Objections To Boycotting The Salvation Army

And then there’s yesterday’s Don’t Give To The Anti-Gay Salvation Army

For more from Zinnia Jones, check out her YouTube channel.

I don’t single out the Salvation Army for being the worst fake charity.  They’re not.  But, they’re the most ubiquitous, and they’re pretty damn bad.  The real point of this public service announcement is to remind you to research the charities you give to.  Know what your money is going to, and exactly how it’s going to help the cause you support.  The less fortunate wouldn’t have it any other way.

EDIT: Zinnia Jones has just gotten back to me with permission to embed her videos.  Perhaps I’ll later edit this article so her videos are embedded rather than linked to, but I’m incredibly busy right now.

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