The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 22, 2014

About That Donation

For The Daily Item

— A local charity office realized that it had never received a donation from the town's most successful businessman. The person in charge of contributions called him to persuade him to contribute.

          "Our research shows that out of a yearly income of at least $500,000, you give not a penny to charity. Wouldn't you like to give back to the community in some way?"

             The businessman mulled this over for a moment and replied, "First, did your research also show that my mother is dying after a long illness, and has medical bills that are several times her annual income?"

             Embarrassed, the charity rep mumbled, "" "--or that my brother, a disabled veteran, is blind and confined to a wheelchair?"

             The stricken charity rep began to stammer out an apology but was interrupted, "--or that my sister's husband died in a traffic accident," the businessman's voice rising in indignation, "leaving her penniless with three children?!"

             The humiliated charity rep, completely beaten, said simply, "I had no idea..."

             On a roll, the businessman cut him off once again: "--so if I don't give any money to them, why should I give any to you?!?"