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Old 08-05-2009, 08:50 AM
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Wanting your Advice.

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Last season I had many people offer up donations. Just because they really liked my christmas display. I turned them down.

This year I have been struggling to make repairs and complete some of the projects that I really want to add to my display. I have been bothered by the increase in costs of copper, wood, motors, lights and electrical costs. I believe many of you may be in the same boat.

What I am about to consider may spark some spirited and at some times heated debate. so please try to keep emotional outburst in check...

I am seriously considering(and struggling) with the idea of a DONATION BOX to try to off set these costs. Trust me, This is not an easy decision and i'm am not taking this lightly.
I want people in these hard times to enjoy the display. However, the costs to operate it are becoming increasingly more difficult. A donation box could help off set display operation costs and may alleviate some of the repair and build costs.

After much consideration I decided to get YOUR (my friends') advice. If your willing to give me honest heartfelt advice please reply to the thread.

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Old 08-05-2009, 09:05 AM
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I personally think it is a good idea. My wife and I love to go around looking at people's decorations, and the more elaborate ones usually have donation boxes set up. I am not offended by the thought of it at all, and considering the cost of everything, not to mention the electric bill, I think it is a good idea. Plus it is completely voluntary, so if people don't like it they just don't donate, but I have seen many people donate.
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Old 08-05-2009, 09:06 AM
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If you do decide to set up a donation box, maybe you can include a sign to clearly indicate that anything collected above the cost of maintenence will go directly to a local charity or food bank... I don't think people will mind giving if they know the money is going to A) help defray costs on something they're enjoying and B) help charity... especially if they're aware that their donations aren't just going to line your pockets...

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Old 08-05-2009, 09:16 AM
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I don't see anything wrong with setting up a donation box. It is completely voluntary and if people don't want to donate they don't have to. I think people understand how much it must cost to run such a display and I don't think they would mind seeing a donation box out there.
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I think that is a great idea.... you can also say bring a can of food for the local food bank... or for the Boy/Girl Scouts when they come around (if they do that in your area). And to help defray the costs.... Awesome idea... Go with it.... you can always make your donation box look like a present...
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If you do decide to set up a donation box, maybe you can include a sign to clearly indicate that anything collected above the cost of maintenence will go directly to a local charity or food bank... I don't think people will mind giving if they know the money is going to A) help defray costs on something they're enjoying and B) help charity... especially if they're aware that their donations aren't just going to line your pockets...

Just my two cents worth...

I completely agree....
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There's a family in my area that puts on a major house-light production - clear out even into their pasture and they also play music over the car radio if you're in range. Folks drive out into the pasture (if it's not too wet) and receive a 20 or so minute show. Last year they posted a donation area, and I never heard anyone complain about it. They accepted cash in a secured box I believe, but if I recall right, they actively sought canned goods for donation to food banks. Good luck with your decision!
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I don't see anything wrong with setting up a donation box. It is completely voluntary and if people don't want to donate they don't have to. I think people understand how much it must cost to run such a display and I don't think they would mind seeing a donation box out there.
I agree with this. If people don't want to donate they don't have to and I don't think anyone would think badly of you for putting one out there.
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Old 08-05-2009, 11:19 AM
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I think it's a great idea. There are a couple homes in our area that do a great job decorating, and have donation boxes outside. It's never bothered me to to drop a couple bucks to help the cause.

I'm not talented enough to make displays like that, and I appreciate those who can, and will.
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Old 08-05-2009, 11:34 AM
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I think its a great idea! Like others have said its not like your making anyone donate. I would go for it..goodluck!

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