An attorney was asked to make a contribution to a worthwhile
charity. His response was, "I guess you hadn't heard, my mother
is suffering from a terminal illness and she has medical bills
which far exceed her income. My brother is a disabled combat
veteran. He is not only blind, but is in a wheelchair and he has
to take ten different medicines a day. My sister is an only
parent of three children since her husband died without life
insurance. She has no college and scrubs floors for a living
while moonlighting by taking in ironing. My wife is in a mental
ward, and may never get out. My only child is in a drug
rehabilitation program, but he left and no one can find him."
Before he could get his breath and continue on, the fund raiser
thought it wisest to end this and let the poor man alone. "You
are correct, sir. I had no idea of your problems. Of course we
can't expect you to make a contribution with so many demands
already on your income."
The attorney nods and replies, "Exactly. Why should I contribute
to your organization when I don't even give to my own family?"