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How much does CHARITY cost?

In News on December 18, 2010 at 10:57 pm

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So (Saturday morning) I wake up to my Mom raving about a Kids for Coats Charity that’s going down in Fort Worth, TX at Charity Church, 4400 Panola Avenue. The flyer says Bishop F.R. Mays was hosting it and claims there are “18 wheelers full of coats, hats, gloves, shoes, toys, and bikes”. The flyer also stated that the charitable donations would begin disbursement at 9 am. and at least one family spent the night in the churches parking lot inside of their car in an effort to be early in line. I arrived at 9 a.m. armed with my wonderful iPhone camera in hand to interview lined up recipients and to document what appeared on the surface to be a well-organized charitable situation in progress.

At 9 a.m. there were already at least 200 +/- people in line (later on the lined swelled to about 400). The line didn’t move until Deion Sanders arrived to do a photo-op with all of the freezing patrons that had been standing in the charity line since day light broke. He had his own digital camera guy. They shot him shaking hands with folk at the beginning of the line, overlooking the scores of other families who shameless came out to receive a little assistance. The lady standing next to me wanted to get a picture of him, so I sent my kid with my i-phone to snap a shot. She returned less than enthused and said he really didn’t seem to be that excited about people wanting to photograph him. I said, “Fine” and I put the the camera away. I left the event at about 11 a.m. just when the disbursing had alas began.

One of the Gordon Sports student athletes accompanying me spotted Deion Sanders as we exited the affair and asked me if I’d snap a picture of him with Deion so he could ‘brag about it to his friends later on in the day’. I said “sure” and got within ear distance of Deon who was now standing across the street from the event surrounded by church security in bright yellow sweat shirts with red christmas hats on. I held my i-phone up and said, “Excuse me Mr. Sanders, do you mind if I get a picture of you and this young man who…” before I could finish Deion cut me off and said “No ma’am. I’m not taking any more pictures at this time. I’ve already done that”, in a very commanding tone. I responded, “I understand sir. Thank you so much”, he then turned and saw my i-phone (likely – he became aware that I could be taping the whole thing and he said), “Ma’am, I’ve been here all day taking pictures with the kids here at the charity and right now, I’m just taking a break chilling with my fam.”

What a crock of doo hickey. I had been socializing throughout the line and filming the scene for at least an 1:15 minutes before he arrived.

His behavior was unattractive not to mention how the AP Academic Honor Student was taken by Deions rude response and the lie that followed.

One of the women that I spoke with in line [G.A.] had been there since 8:30 a.m. with her 3 children, (12-year-old girl, 8 & 4 year old boys) told me that she didn’t even know what the charity was about, she just knows that she needed help and left the house before feeding the kids to get a good spot in line. I left the charity lines at 11am but when I called her at 2 p.m. to see how she fared in the charity receiving, she politely started out with, “I’m sure who ever put this charity on had the best intention at heart in doing so, but my children and I waited 8 hours in line and they gave my 12-year-old daughter a ball and a hat; they gave my two boys toddler bikes. My 8 year old was much too tall to ride his bike – I mentioned it to the charity helper, but the lady insisted we take it any way. I asked for a coat for my 12-year old daughter who didn’t have one and they looked at her jacket and said, “That jacket is fine”. I then told them that’s my old jacket – she doesn’t have one. She’s wearing this one because it was cold when we arrived this morning. That’s when they gave my daughter a hat. A hat.? I asked for a pair of shoes for my son and the charity helper assisting us looked at his shoes and said “He doesn’t need new shoes, unless there are holes in the ones he’s wearing.” – I said, ‘Son raise up your feet’. The lady saw the holes and granted him a new pair of shoes. I didn’t know they would be assisting our needs based upon how we were dressed”. G.A. concluded , “We need help, but we should always strive to be presentable too”.

She was clearly taken aback at the level of degradation and begging she had to do to get a few necessities for her children that she couldn’t afford. She really didn’t come for the bikes, G.A. said her kids needed clothes, coats, and shoes. She thanked God and was grateful for what she did receive and said she’s so glad The Salvation Army and Good Fella’s charity organizations don’t discriminate based on appearances. Anyone whose ever received any kind of assistance is less likely to give a charity worker grief for “proving their financial status”, by providing a current residential bill, or pay stub etc., if asked. But when you advertise to a suffering economy that you have coats, hats, gloves, and shoes for children who need, it’s not right to judge them on their external appearances.

Now I know why we’ve always seen less fortunate (black) people looking hideous and destitute in welfare assistance lines…they fear if they clean up to receive their blessing it may be withdrawn or down graded. So we have media footage of black women receiving assistance with their teeth out and their children’s hair uncombed. I didn’t know they were just “playing their part” – working the system the way it prefers to be worked, (in full humiliation). Now I know.

Please remind me — if I’m financially down
to dress like a fool; a spectacle clown

if I expect to receive any kind of necessary help
from a charity funded by ‘show boating wealth’.

I understand that this particular charity dotes the fact that they utilized private funds
but prejudging folks by their struggling yet presentable presence – hardly meets the sum.

Any help yielded to the community deems a notable mention indeed,
I’m Qui
and I appreciate Charity Church for their efforts to “burden ease”.
May God bless them all – indeed.