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Our Anonymous Sister is not just interested in “street people.” She also has an idea for people who are able to do saleable hand-craft work to be able to donate to charitable organizations. She writes:

If a person does needlework, quilting, crocheting, knitting, or perhaps artwork, the time comes for determining a price for the item.  That makes me uncomfortable so here’s how I’m trying to get around that—-

Either the item is made on consignment or on custom order, it doesn’t matter.

A tag on the item indicates the cost of materials and the number of hours involved, but not a price.

The purchaser, in light of the cost to produce the item, decides on an amount to donate to a charity of their choice.  Of course I want to steer them to EEM.

They give me the check made out to the charity.

I log it on my personal records for personal satisfaction and then mail the check to the charity.

The purchaser should then get a letter of acknowledgment sent directly to them from the charity.

When I first came up with this idea, I thought the donation would be tax deductible for the check writer, however, since goods were received, I don’t think so.  However, they will have a letter from the organization and their conscience can guide them.  My time and materials won’t be compensated, but it’s something I’d likely be doing anyway.

Anonymous Sister

She is a contributor to Eastern European Mission for whom I am a regional representative. Of course, I support her idea of giving to EEM! The address is Eastern European Mission, P O Box 670928, Dallas, TX 75367. (If you send to them, please mention my name!) You can read about some of our work here, here, and here on this blog as well as at www.eem.org. The idea, though, can be adapted in many ways for almost any charity.

What do you think?


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