(Closed) Asking for "financial donations" in lieu of Christmas presents?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 32
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9681 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I don’t think anyone should ask for presents or money. If you get something, great, but it shouldn’t be expected. Donations are for charity, not people who can’t manage their own finances. 

Post # 33
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5399 posts
Bee Keeper

I want to believe you’re making this up. I really do. 

Post # 34
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2455 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

“A donation has been made in your name to the Humane Society.”

What?  You asked for financial donations…  Oh, I didn’t realize you meant the charity of your wallet.

Post # 35
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261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@LynnSnow:  I also thought you’d be talking about a private request or something–not just letting anyone who might see it know that they want cash! That’s crazy. My dad insists on spending the same amount on my sister and I and will write a check to get there (for both Christmas and birthdays), but I would never ASK my family for cash!

My sister and I jokingly say we’ll just pay each others cell phone bill (we’re on a family plan) whenever we can’t think of anything. Practical and necessary!

Post # 36
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982 posts
Busy bee

@LynnSnow:  wait, people actually ASK for money on FB? Wow! I think it’s so rude to request things like that. What if someone had some really cool stuff already bought for their kids? What if they enjoy giving gifts that kids can open and have fun with? I think, if asked for ideas for presents, it’s okay to say money, but to assume that people will be buying gifts and that they should give money instead is really off. Especially if they can’t afford to support the kids they have but keep having more!

Post # 37
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1776 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

The ONLY possible way this is okay is if someone said “Hey friends/family, if you plan to send anything for Christmas/Birthdays, we’d prefer if you donated to Habitat for Humanity or *insert any legit charity here*.  No pressure of course!  Love you all!”

Asking for money for yourselves on fb… ugh 🙁  It’s one thing if you kid needs like money for some kind of medical treatment, but just as far as gifts.  Boo to that!

Post # 38
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1292 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

People are ridiculous. That is all. 

Post # 39
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1876 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I hate this new trend of people asking for “financial donations” to cover their bills. Donations are something you give non-profit organizations. Charities. Not gainfully employed individuals who need to figure out how to budget and live within their means.

Post # 40
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997 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Oh my goodness. If I saw that on my Facebook I would most likely assume it was a joke. The nerve of people…

I did ask my parents for money this year because I could not think of anything I needed. But that’s a completely normal and acceptable thing to ask for in my family. And they are my parents, not my random Facebook friends.

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