Is The Recession Really That Bad?

That reason I ask is because I’m a little disappointed at the amount raised so far for the Union Gospel Mission Thanksgiving dinner. I know we’re in a recession and things may not be going so well but it’s not that bad, is it?

Thanksgiving is just that, a time to give thanks and appreciate what you have. You may think your life sucks or that things are bad for you right now but I guarantee you this – if you’re reading my blog, it means you have access to the Internet and that makes you far better off than the majority of the world. There are people living on the streets, hungry, hurting and homeless. Without the work of organizations like the Union Gospel Mission, these people would have have no food, no shelter and no hope.

For many, the meal they receive from UGM may be the only one they’ve had in days. It costs just $3.29 to provide a complete Thanksgiving dinner. For the price of a Starbucks coffee, you can literally change a life.

I want to thank everyone who have donated so far. Your contribution will go a long way to providing food for the hungry and hope for the hopeless. If you haven’t made a donation yet, you still have time. I will match whatever you donate up to a maximum of $1,000 per person. That is an instant 100% return on your contribution and you’ll get a link on this blog when I post all the donors. I guarantee you one thing, this is the cheapest way to get a link on this blog. The smart blogger knows what to do next.


41 thoughts on “Is The Recession Really That Bad?”

  1. I am sad to hear it has not been a huge success. I am glad to have helped and wish I had more to offer.
    I love staffing events like that. Too bad I am in TX

    1. Well I am hesitant about giving to Non-profits that I am not familiar with but your persistence has paid off, not to mention it the link is a double bonus!

      Donated via paypay.

    2. Well I am hesitant about giving to Non-profits that I am not familiar with but your persistence has paid off, not to mention the link is a double bonus!

      Donated via paypay.

      1. Money-Era says:

        I think that John got little inpatient here… as it turns out, the outcome was a success πŸ™‚

  2. Carter says:

    I understand non profits and fundraisers took a hit last year too. There’s more people finding themselves without a job this season too – they’re like miniature charities.

    I think there’s more mistrust and skepticism these days in believing that many charities and non-profits use most of their donations to keep their very existence alive and do little good for their cause by comparison.

    I’d recommend giving locally in most instances where you have a better opportunity to see where your money goes.

    I commend you for your offer here too – I think I’ll take you up on it as I am in the early stages of bringing my own blog from zero to ??? and I would certainly appreciate a link back. Donation well spent indeed!

  3. Sam Trevino says:

    I wish I could give more because I know what it’s like to go hungry and be homeless, but I’m currently unemployed. I can spare $3.29 for someone to have a meal.

  4. Sorry john, my donation go to earthquake in my country first. πŸ˜€

    But, Yah, recession really bad tough.

    1. EarningStep says:

      we are live in the same country .. my country itself need a huge donation for earthquake victim…

      1. Here main thing is charity … if you are helping your country man than this is also equally good …

        Nice to see that … πŸ™‚

  5. Lee Ka Hoong says:

    That’s too bad to see that, but I only able to help 1 homeless right now, as I need money to pay for my university fees right now. Anyway, hope other richer people could donate more.

    1. gaban says:

      people like john donate continuously for them who live on the street

  6. There is no doubt that “Thanksgiving” has to do with giving what u have in church. You have done well if you donated to the church. in fact God always repays a cheerful and benevolent giver.

    However, some just donate in order to show off to the world that they are wealthy(i strongly believe that you don not belong to this category of people).

    Sometimes, the churches do not use the monies donated to them for God’s work. they use it for their selfish gains. It is for this reason that i always advice people to reach out directly to the less privileged on the streets and help them.

    Mr. John Chow, you are indeed a special person with a good and kind heart. Looking forward to your mails.Please, help me check out my blog (still setting it up b ut need your expert advice). God Bless

    Ejike-ume felix ifeanyi
    [email protected]

  7. DJ says:

    I am sorry to hear that the fund raiser is not going so well. I can’t give much John, but I will give what I can.

    1. Your wishes and your willing to donate also very significant …

      We wish god will give you more money so that you can donate with your both ends for noble cause (noble cause not like of Obama … lollzz)

  8. Hey John … we know the value of your one post and how its worth, so in this way you are contributing indirectly.

    Hats off to you.

  9. With millions more unemployed than last year and hundreds of thousands around the world losing their homes, I think the recession is pretty bad. There are also more charities than ever which perhaps makes it harder for charities to be noticed.

  10. For those who can’t afford to pay $3.29 – I find it hard to believe. You eat don’t you? Skip a meal for someone, you’ll live!

    Anyways, it’s a good cause. Donated my very latest affiliate sale cash to em. Should help about 4 people. The link back is an awesome incentive. Good stuff John.

    1. Well generally we do one portion of our income keep aside for charity purpose every month. We collect it and whenever any one needy come to us we give such amount to him/her.

      Believe me guys this give inner peace and satisfaction.

      1. When it just became about GIVING UNCONDITIONALLY, and SELFLESSLY…every unnoticed “good-deed” I did became even more special. There is something intrinsically satisfying in giving, just to give. No expectations. No compensation. No acknowledgment. Only my own sense of satisfaction in secretly knowing I’m affecting another human being….whether large or small.

        1. Yes that is the true meaning of charity …

          If you are doing it for commercial purpose than this will not be charity.

  11. I resent my receipt in case you didn’t receive it the first time. Everybody must have a paypal account right? It’s just $4. If you are reading this blog, you can spare $4 for a good cause.

    1. John, are you replying to let people know you received their donation receipts? I didn’t get a notice, so it makes me wonder if there have been more donations that just haven’t gone though? Maybe they are getting blocked in the spam filter?

  12. Nick says:

    Thanks for the reminder, John. C$5 from me. Love reading the blog, although I wish you’d do more of the lifestyle stuff again.

  13. We just sent you a copy of our receipt. Thanks for doing this!

  14. Well John , the Recession is actually bad. Because it ends up in rising in unemployment rate and bankruptcy. I highly appreciate your post . A mind blowing post and this has so much to think

    1. But I think this one is not so bad that you wont able to give even $4.00

  15. fas says:

    I dont think its to do with recession. I guess it will pick up in a moment.

    1. Yes for hundreds or thousands dollar you can say that this is recession … but for $4.00 I think this is your intention and your will to donate will work here

  16. Steve says:

    Nice chance for affiliates to give back during this time of the year. I could see the donations growing when Thanksgiving gets closer.

  17. Kelly says:

    Hey John,

    Thanksgiving is not until Monday. Why not offer to match donations all the way up to Sunday night so that UGM can earn just a little more money.

    It’ll also give stragglers a chance to make a donation as the week is coming to an end.

  18. Sponsor Ads says:

    Recession hasn’t been bad at all. Infact it turned out to be the best earning days so far. Recession just alerted us all to work much more harder then we usually used to.

  19. f you take all the indicaters into account. With ~35% drop on Wall Street & a steady slow fall on very light trading, it don’t look so great. Unemployment is about double the~7% we now have if you factor how it was figured in the 30s into account. Inflation, for the first time since the Great Depression, has been roughly neutral over the past 6 months. This is a world wide recession, I believe the first since just after the end of WW2. All the indicators are still on a downward track. And so far, this time, every time the so called experts have predicted what to expect in the coming months, they have been wrong, wrong, way too optimistically wrong.

    So, no, I am not optimistic. I believe it will get a lot worse, but probably not as bad as the 30s.everything including the kitchen sink to unclog this mess. As far as jobs, the best fields right now are healthcare and education. Healthcare is a especially strong field for jobs because the baby boomers are soon to retire. This should pack the hallways of nursing homes and assisted living.

  20. truant says:

    I really want to help those guys,but I don’t have so much money in my paypal account.btw,I’m not American.

    1. If you are helping someone that does not require any kind of boundary certificate.

      You are kind hearted human being who wants to help other, that thing is good enough.

  21. I know we’ve seen our business slow down CONSIDERABLY in the past 12-18 months..

    Heck, we did happy hour yesterday at TGI Fridays, and the place was nearly empty! It used to be packed, but I guess that’s just another sign of the times. πŸ™

    In any event, we sent what we could, as I’m sure every bit helps.

  22. Karilee says:

    Your promotion of Union Gospel Mission’s fund raising drive, as well as your commitment to match donations, is a class act. Thanks for providing the leadership. I’m not feeling very flush these days, but you reminded me that I could at least donate a couple of meals.

    Another worthy charitable organization here in Vancouver, which you may want to check out is The Harvest Project:
    They are a bit more non-denominational, and their mission may appeal to the entrepreneurs who read your site.

    The Harvest Project offers “a hand up, not a hand out.” Their vision is to help people who hit one of life’s crueler bumps when they need it most, so that they don’t slip over the edge and end up homeless. They do good work.

  23. Have donated 14$ so far.

    Already sent you the email John πŸ™‚

  24. Hey John … we know the value of your one post and how its worth, so in this way you are contributing indirectly….

    Regards, Joe!

  25. videostar says:

    This is a good chance to help the other people and to show the generocity and kindness.

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