(Closed) NWR: #Fitchthehomeless? Opinions?

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

HATE it. I hate the idea of exploiting people in need to advance your cause.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@somethingaquamarine:  Yes.

Donate your clothes because you actually want to. Do not donate because you hate the brand, or the CEO of the brand.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@somethingaquamarine:  Exactly. No one would even consider it if this idea was proposed with those who are mentally ill or developmentally challenged instead of homeless. I don’t know why it’s so commonplace to think of the homeless as walking punchlines instead of real people who are struggling through something so much harder than most of us can imagine, but it needs to stop. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@BlondeMissMolly:  Yeah I see your point there. I too paused for a second before I made up my mind. However, living in Minnesota and having volunteered at a homeless shelter for months has left me with the impression that A&F clothing is one of the least helpful things a person could possibly donate. Their need for tight T shirts with giant logos and other clothes made to fit only the cute popular girls is very low on the spectrum of overall needs. Maybe I would reconsider my stance if A&F sold a lot of big warm coats, sensible shoes, and other self-care items. Besides, I have to wonder whether the benefit that a homeless person might receive from an A&F T shirt is worth a public movement that perpetuates this blasé treatment of the homeless as walking jokes that don’t warrant legitimate concern.

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