We get more than a few donations of $5 and $10 often accompanied with a message along the lines of “I’m sorry, but this all I can give right now.” or “I wish I could give more.”
To this, we would like to officially say…
Don’t Be Sorry!
To some, a $5 or $10 donation might represent the cost of a morning take-out coffee on the way to work, while to others it might represent a significant portion of the weekly or monthly budget.
They might be a student working their way through college, a single parent working two jobs to make ends meet for their family, a retiree getting by on a meager pension, or any of the other myriad groups of people around the world who live from paycheck to paycheck.
And when these people look in their wallets and purses and see that remaining $5 or $10 bill, instead of thinking “Ooh, I’ll treat myself!” they decide to give that money to a cause.
They choose to forego what little luxuries they rightly deserve to help support the activities of people they’ll probably never meet, for the benefit of members of a different species who they’ll also probably never meet, and about which they’ll only ever read on a website or in a newspaper, or see on the TV news.
Think about that for a second!
These small donations are precious to us; they represent real sacrifices. There must be no feelings of shame or chagrin when making these donations. Indeed, some of us have been there, and we understand.
So, if you have made a small donation and have apologized for it, take that apology back. It is us who are profoundly grateful that you have decided to support our mission.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you!