Saturday, December 11, 2004

We Don't Need No Stinkin' Charity

It's been said that beggars can't be choosers. Meaning that if you're asking for a handout, you generally aren't in a position to make moral judgements of the people deciding to give you something for nothing. Tell that to the Statesville Housing Complex in Statesville, NC. Seems that a local "adult nightclub" (yeah, yeah - read that: strip joint) last year donated upwards of 500 gifts to be given to the children living in the public housing project. This year, the complex declined to accept gifts from the club. They got some calls about the picture in the paper last year showing the club bringing the toys in via stretch limo and decided they had enough donations this year that they could refuse the club's offer.

The community now thinks the complex is being a bit harsh for the holidays. Even the pastor at the local Baptist church thinks it's ok for the club to be charitable. I hope the housing complex isn't too surprised next year when they run a bit short.