The Salvation Army realized that it had never received a
donation from the city's most successful lawyer. So a
Salvation Army volunteer made an appointment to see the
lawyer in his lavish office.
The volunteer opened the meeting by saying, "Our research
shows that even though your annual income is over two
million dollars, you don't give a cent to charity. Wouldn't you
like to give something back to your community through the
The lawyer thought for a moment and said, "First, did your
research also show you that my mother is dying after a long,
painful illness and has huge medical bills that are far beyond
her ability to pay?"
Embarrassed, the Salvation Army volunteer mumbled, "Uh...
no, I didn' t know that."
"Secondly," says the lawyer, "did it show that my brother, a
disabled Veteran, is blind, confined to a wheelchair and is
unable to support his wife and six children?"
The stricken volunteer began to stammer an apology, but
was cut off again.
"Thirdly," the lawyer said, "did your research also show you
that my sister's husband died in a dreadful car accident,
leaving her penniless with a mortgage and the burden of
supporting three children, one of whom is disabled and
another who has learning disabilities requiring an array of
Completely beaten, the humiliated Salvation Army volunteer
said, "I'm so sorry. I had no idea."
And then the lawyer said, "So, if I don't give any money to
them, what makes you think I'd give any to you?!!"