Saturday, March 20, 2010

#70 Making Non-Cash Donations

White Christians may meet their stewardship quota by tithing, but their most joyful giving comes in the form of non-cash donations of stuff they no longer want. Second hand stores like Goodwill or the Salvation Army are the recipients of worn out clothes and old VHS tapes, but the best junk is reserved for the church.

Anything hand made is too highly valued to be thrown in the Goodwill pile. Besides, cross stitching doesn't garner much in the way of a tax deduction. However, white Christians follow the belief that the bigger the gift the better, so their favorite donation is furniture.

Outdated furniture, whether an end table, sagging sofa, or plaid lazy boy, is typically considered to be "too nice" for the thrift shop and will be dropped off at the church. These unsolicited items will then find a home in some out of the way area of the church such as the youth room or the nursing mothers' room (after being doused with Febreze), where they will remain until Jesus comes again. The floral couch and nicked up coffee table that weren't good enough for this philanthropist's living room must never be thrown out, lest the donor or descendants thereof be offended.


Abraham Calvin said...

Julie Keller emailed me with some great ideas for this post. Thanks Julie!

Ralph M. Petersen-Always Right; Sometimes Wrong! said...

I was the business administrator in a large church for six years when I was young and somewhat ignorant.

I learned real early to be very discerning and careful about non-cash donations. One day late in December, a member came into my office to donate a pick up truck so he could take a tax deduction. I accepted. He had the truck towed to the church (it didn't run) and left me the pink slip. There wasn't one single undented or undamaged part on the truck; nothing that I could even sell for parts.

I had to have it hauled (at the church's expense) to a wrecking yard.

Anonymous said...

I believe Julie's old metal desk and filing cabinet is still in use.

Anonymous said...

I believe Julie's old metal desk and filing cabinet are still in use.