Letter: Kids’ fundraising events beat begging

Dear Editor,

It is refreshing to see children in groups putting on fundraising events to raise money for their cause.

Whether it’s Girl Guides selling cookies, a sports team selling hot dogs, Brownies selling apples, or others holding car washes, they are not only offering a product or service in exchange for a donation to their particular need, they are learning to work together with others to meet a goal – all part of learning life skills.

What distresses me is when I see able-bodied boys in cadet uniforms standing outside retail outlets with a tin can, soliciting donations. Even squeegee kids give something in return.

This does nothing except instill a sense of entitlement that the world owes them a living, as they stand there like homeless people begging for money.

Those in charge need to come up with something else that gives these kids a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day, that they can take with them through adulthood.

Fred Dalkeith, Aldergrove

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