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San Diego Charities Encourage Generosity On ‘Giving Tuesday’

Evening Edition

Aired 12/3/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Laura Dietrick, Executive Director, University of San Diego, Caster Family Center for Nonprofit Philanthropic Research

Major Lee Lescono, Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army


The Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been dubbed Giving Tuesday, a national movement that started last year to encourage people to support local charities.

Dozens of charities across San Diego County are hoping the day becomes for philanthropy what Black Friday is to bargain shopping. That's because charitable check-writing has been relatively flat in recent years due to the recession. Some local nonprofits have also struggled with federal cuts from sequestration.

San Diego nonprofits involved in the campaign include the San Diego Imperial County Red Cross, where CEO Tony Young plans to live in a mock shelter outside Red Cross headquarters in Kearny Mesa beginning Tuesday until enough money is raised to get him back home.

Young said the effort, called Shelter of Hope, is being launched to bring awareness to the vital services the Red Cross provides in the community when a family loses its home to a fire.

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"The Red Cross is on the scene, we evaluate the situation, we actually put them in hotels, we pay when it comes to their food and their shelter," Young said.

As part of the campaign, the Red Cross plans to give away Red Cross bags to the first 250 San Diegans who stop by and donate.

Other participating charities in San Diego include the San Diego Food Bank, Armed Services YMCA and the Salvation Army.

KPBS' Alison St John, Natalie Walsh, Patty Lane and Peggy Pico contributed to the Midday and Evening Edition segments

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jpinpb | December 4, 2013 at 6:09 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

I suggest to select another charity. "If those ringing bells every holiday season weren't enough to make you not want to donate, this will.
You'd think as a charitable organization The Salvation Army would be all about charity. However, that's not exactly the case.

"The Salvation Army has a history of active discrimination against gays and lesbians. While you might think you're helping the hungry and homeless by dropping a few dollars in the bright red buckets, not everyone can share in the donations," Bil Browning notes on The Bilerico Project. "The organization also has a record of actively lobbying governments worldwide for anti-gay policies — including an attempt to make consensual gay sex illegal."

If that doesn't make you feel uneasy, then how about the fact that they believe gays need to be put to death?

Major Andrew Craibe, a Salvation Army Media Relations Director, went on public radio hosted by journalist Serena Ryan, to discuss a recent call by LGBTQ parents for a boycott of the nonprofit for its anti-gay policies and beliefs.

Ryan questioned Craibe about Salvation Story: Salvationist Handbook of Doctrine, the manual used to train Salvation Army "soldiers" and members. Several chapters refer to the sin of homosexuality, including a section that cites Romans 1:18-32, which includes a admonition that homosexuals "deserved to die." Ryan: According to the Salvation Army gay parents deserve death. How do you respond to that, as part of your doctrine?

Craibe: Well, that’s a part of our belief system.

Ryan: So they should die.

Craibe: You know, we have an alignment to the Scriptures, but that's our belief. Yes, a human being, in 2013, thinks another human being should die simply because they're gay. Want to donate to a company that isn't using its money to support the anti-gay ideology"

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