Originally Posted by . . . Yrs to Go
Pressed "NO" and committed to donate a dollar to something, anything, else.
When I was a teenager, one of our school's more notable hoodlums challenged learners got the bright idea to take a coffee can door-to-door in December to collect funds for the Red Cross.
Business was invigorating & brisk (think Pittsburgh in winter) and he was over $500 ahead (pure profit, no overhead and no intention of sending ANYTHING to the RC) until one of his happy donors called his parents to express their congratulations at their son's impressive initiative and maturity.
Overheard during the run-up to the explosion: "MY SON is collecting for the RED CROSS?!? He's supposed to be at detention!!!!"
The son soon learned how difficult it was to give back $500 a dollar at a time, with explanations. He's probably a stockbroker now. But I'm sure all our nation's challenged learners can aspire to greater goals.
Somewhere, all across the nation, young entrepreneurs are painting "KATRINA" on coffee cans and lacing up their walking shoes...