yep, that is the facebook status i've been yearning to write for months now. whew, maybe that will get it out of my system. there are a lot of charities out there that i do not support, and i feel like everyone i know is trying to raise money for them. it puts me in a sticky spot, especially when i love the people and i agree that the cause is worthy.
but seriously, the march of dimes is a heinous crime against everything logical and humane, and i will not send them a penny, much less a symbolic number of dimes. i have one relative and one friend who are both actively raising money for them, and one of them is sending me emails and the whole deal. i feel like i can't really say, "it sucks that your baby was born super-premature, but it also sucks that you're raising money for the grossest charity there is," because that's what comes to mind and i know it's a stupid thing to say. and there aren't any "premature babies charities" that i've found on the Good Charities List (heh), so i can't even do what i normally do and send money to a better (a.k.a., "more acceptable, to me") charity in their honor. sigh.
…which is what i typically do with all of the cancer walks, which are plenty and frequent, and (as you may recall) touch me very personally, cause-wise. as far as i can tell, my sister is on track to do two walks per year for the rest of her life, and both of the charities (american cancer society and komen) fund animal testing, so i don't want to send them my money. but i also don't want to look like a crappy sister, so (thus far) i've been sending money to the cancer project and the breast cancer fund instead, when that time of year rolls around.
still, not every cause has a charity on both the Naughty List and the Nice List, so what to do in those situations? pick the closest health concern and go with a tangentially-related Nice Charity? shift my eyes sideways and do nothing? i've been taking the do-nothing-and-stay-silent route or the donate-elsewhere route, and i guess that's working okay for me so far, except for the aforementioned urge to say weird/sassy/explanatory things in my facebook status.