For not the first time I felt badly this weekend when I walked into the grocery store. It was a largely due to the changing times.
The Sea Cadets had their tins out and were collecting donations from the store patrons. I was unable to help because I seldom carry cash — not in coinage anyhow. In Canada, if you don't have coins, by default and definition, you are not carrying any denomination less than five dollars. And that's too much to toss into an unexpected charity collect — for me anyway.
It's due to technology in my case because all I need to buy groceries is my cash (or debit) card, so I seldom carry coins. The result is that some charities, those who are stuck in old paradigms, lose out. On the other hand, I am fairly frequently asked if I'd like to donate a buck or two for this cause or that at a checkout. I seldom, if ever, refuse because it just gets added to my grocery or gas or whatever total, and my pocket book doesn't even seem to notice. Those charities win out in the new era of technology and cashlessness.
In another example, just recently, I had an email request to sponsor my nephew and nieces to participate in some sort of athon for the Canadian Cancer Society. The oddity is that they're in Korea. They're raising money way over there for the Cancer Society over here. Not only that, but all I had to do was to click a link in the email to take me to a page that made sponsoring and contributing easy. When I had pledged my donation, almost immediately, I was sent an official and printable income tax receipt by email. It was all done easily and painlessly.
But I still feel a little badly when I am unable to contribute to the kiddies by the doors of the grocery store. I used to be one of them after all.