Hopefully thank you letters are sent to every supermarket that hosts bag packing, but should we be giving them something more?
This week I was told about a small community group that held a very successful bag pack at their local supermarket. But they didn't get to leave with all their takings. They were asked to give a small percentage to the main charity supported by that supermarket. Now nominated charities are usually big national organisations with paid staff and a high profile. They do very good work, but should they be taking money from small local groups? Bag packing could be the local group's big annual fund-raiser. Sometimes volunteers have to make complicated arrangements or even pay babysitters so they can take part. Should they then have to give back some of the money they raise? Or is this a reasonable way for bag packers to express their thanks to the supermarket that is hosting the fund-raising effort?