Pro vs Con: Students and charities

During the holidays, people are encouraged to donate to those less fortunate than them. But what if you don’t have much money to spare? These columnists weigh in.

Students should donate money and time

By Brittney Corum

‘Tis the season of giving.

The Salvation Army bells are ringing. St. Jude’s Up ‘til Dawn kicks off tonight, and Franklin College Dance Marathon members are fundraising for their spring event.

Many people don’t like this time of year because they think people are just out for their money. Some people are like Ebenezer Scrooge and don’t care; others are strapped for cash and are not sure if they can do anything to help others.

In my opinion, you should give this season. It is a good way to share your blessings.

Giving to a charity is a great thing to do because it can help make our world a little nicer to live in. For example, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ensures that no patients and parents pay a dime as they are treated for cancer, lifting a burden that a family might not otherwise recover from.

A Home for the Holidays is also a good cause. This organization centers its focus on children in the foster care system.

There is also the well-known Angel Tree program, where children who may not receive Christmas presents write their lists on little paper angels to put on a public Christmas tree. This gives complete strangers an opportunity to purchase gifts for these children.

Now you’re probably thinking, “I’m just a poor broke college student. How can I be charitable?”

You can also donate your time to different organizations you love. Volunteer at your local animal shelter, library or nursing home—any place you can think of that might need your help this holiday season.

Just because you don’t have any money doesn’t mean you can’t give in another way.

Students shouldn’t feel pressured to donate

By Ashley Steeb

Have you ever turned on the television, only to find a commercial asking you for a charitable donation?

In all honesty, I despise these commercials. Don’t get me wrong—it’s not that I don’t like helping others, because I do. I like to donate my time during the holidays to help others when they need it.

I don’t like these commercials because they make me feel awful for not being able to afford to donate money. I have said multiple times that I am a flat-broke college student, like several others. I can barely afford basic necessities; let alone can I afford to donate money.

I wish people would stop basing the amount of someone’s charity on the amount of money they donate to a cause. Donating your time can be just as good, or even better in some cases.

Franklin College’s F.O.C.U.S day proves that time is just as helpful. Multiple organizations have said the work that a group of students do in just a few hours is worth a week of work, which allows these organizations to focus on other important areas.

Once I get a steady job and a steady, reasonable income, I plan to donate more a larger sum of my money to charities. Needless to say, I will also donate my time to help because I have witnessed firsthand how helpful time is to some.

I’m not advocating for never giving money to charities when you’re a college student. I’m just suggesting another way to help those who in need.

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