Firefighters at busy intersections Menlo Park, posted by another public nuisance, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Aug 30, 2007 at 12:41 pm
Do we really need firefighters darting in and out of traffic in their eagerness to solicit money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association? It's not that I'm opposed to research (I donate to an MD organization that has a much higher charity rating than MDA, which spends a lot of money on overhead) but rather to being hit up for cash while sitting in my car. Not only does it seem like an inefficient way to collect funds (I prefer to write checks and get receipts myself) but it feels dangerous to me. Isn't it hard enough to drive/bike/walk around town as it is without this extra nuisance?
Posted by Joanna, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on Aug 31, 2007 at 6:59 am
I commend their actions and am happy that they collect for the charity. I am especially happy that those who give on the streets are not regular charity donors. They aren't necessarily the ones who write checks at the end of the year (I'm guessing). If they start donating now on the street to firefighters (heroes), it may spark an interest in giving to charities in general. They have to start somewhere. And like firegirl said, some of those firefighters look cute! :-)
Dangerous, yes. But so are bikers who don't follow the rules.
Posted by Amazed, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Sep 1, 2007 at 12:32 pm
I am floored that there are people who are annoyed...God forbid the fire dept. try to do something nice for someone other than themselves. I guess this self rigteous "I donate to a higher rated charity" uppity bunch of snobby whiners who complain the firemen have nothing better to do...can get bent. Not everyone is super rich, and if the FD want to raise money for a good cause, God bless them. I thought all the rich liberals in this area would respond differntly...though I know I am only irritated by the small number of haters...the rest of us support the fire dept.