Well...personally, people have their reasons for both giving and not giving. I am thankful to the people that have reasons for giving. And to the people that don't give... whatever their reasons are we have to respect them.
I am just happy those that can afford it.... do...
and to those that don't... that's ok also. I know their best wishes are with the success of this event.
Sure there are those that smirk... the world is full of smirkers. They do not fall into either of the above categories. Let's not waste unproductive time recognizing the smirkers of the world.
My time is much better spent thinking of the efforts and the children of San Pedro.
To borrow a passage that I like:
"And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, speak to us of children.
And he said:
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and he bends you with his might that his arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as he loved the arrow that flies, so he loves also the bow that is stable.
Now, having said that... there are people that have just read that and are thinking... man, he has gone off the deep end. It wasn't written here for those people. The people that read it and understand it, and also know how it applies to this cause and these little children are the people that it was intended for...
Now I'll shutup...