I have spent £4.40 on two balls of lovely wool to make this scarf, which although not cheap, is not an exorbitant sum. It is going to take me many hours of knitting to make each one, though, so my time will be a greater donation than my money in this case.
I do help to sponsor a child through the ShareNiger project [see button in sidebar] but that is the only thing I do which is pure money. I feel quite put out sometimes when I see the continuous advertisements in newspapers and on tv which urge us to donate "£3 a month" or some other small amount, to their cause. Surely they realise that these small amounts add up, and we can't all be donating £36 a year to all the causes. I certainly can't.
(image from macmillan.org.uk)
The annual Macmillan fundraising which I lead in the chapel, the work I do for the chapel itself, the Christmas boxes, work at the gym and the school, and small financial donations to good causes I support when I can - that is what I do. It is all I can do, because we don't have the financial resources to just give cash, so I have to make the money go further by injecting it with my time, so to speak, to make more of it. I do feel bad sometimes when I walk past someone with a collecting tin and don't stop to put anything in, but I think I have to get past this feeling of guilt, and worrying what they will think of me, and just come home and knit another few rows of a scarf and remember that we all do what we can, and we can do no more than that.