I write in frustration and anger, about the “begging” that goes on among our young people. These are not the street or homeless people we encounter almost daily.
They seem to choose the usual venues, ie. the grocery store, the drug store, and the liquor store. They congregate en masse, usually in the uniform of choice, you name it, they are all out there, with their “cap in hand” begging for donations to their various causes. They swarm us as we go about our business, blocking access to the store, asking if we would like to donate. Upon being turned down, however politely, they will all together say “Thanks anyway!”
This is a poor example of what we should be teaching our young people. Nothing is offered in exchange. It is just a handout that they seek. It is all they offer or ask for.
I strongly urge the leaders of these worthy organizations to encourage their charges to do something to earn a donation. Sell something, do something. Wash a car, mow a lawn, clean up a street, take out some old person’s trash, collect cans or bottles, I don’t care, just don’t stand around with a hat outstretched, asking for handouts. What in heaven’s name are you teaching our kids?
Wayne Boylan, Aldergrove