Point of purchase is OK for donating to charities

Published 8:41 am Thursday, December 4, 2008

I am writing in response to Tim Engstrom’s column on Nov. 25, undermining large companies and their point of sale contributions to various charities.

I am a Walmart employee. As of October, Walmart had collected $7,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network from point-of-sale contributions. I wonder how many of those people who donated $1 at the point of sale would have thought about giving $1 that day if it hadn’t been suggested? 

Walmart gives to so many charities. Just go to Walmart and look at the front bulletin board with the numerous “Thank you” notes from charities and organizations it has given to. As for cashiers treating customers badly for not contributing, those cashiers at Walmart would have been severely reprimanded.

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Mr. Engstrom’s column suggested other ways of contributing to charities, but really there are more than three ways to do it and point of sale is what I believe to be a good one.

I sincerely hope that my letter will cancel out any ill will toward point-of-sale contributions.

Margaret Reed

Albert Lea