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Old 08-05-2009, 11:41 AM
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Why not? As many others have pointed out donating is voluntary. You may wish to check if it is going to cause you any complications at tax time however.
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Like everyone else has said it's a great idea. I know I would not mind donating.
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I also think a donation box is a good idea. Like others have already said, put up a sign saying that after expenses you will donate to a charity .
Have fun with it and be sure to post pictures here so we get to see it too!
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Yeah would be fine so long as you state whatever is left over goes to a good cause/charity. I think you go for it if your gona be also making money for a good cause, contack the media and local press/radio and make people aware-im sure this will increse people coming to view and thus increase the donations. The local media like this kind of thing at christmas, especialy with a good cause involved.

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You are not charging a set fee so no one should be offended by a donation box. As my husband, Snow-in-Texas, mentioned we see donation boxes set up and never thought it was rude. We would be more willing to donate instead of seeing these elaborate displays taken down due to cost.

Also, as others mentioned, that anything over will go to a local charity. It would be wise to find a local charity that you plan to donate to so you can put a name of it on the box you plan to collect from. If people know who it's going to they will be more willing to donate. Ryansrs1 has an awesome idea on how to go about it as well!
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I don't see a problem with a donation box. Hey, everyone knows how costly things are in these days and times are hard.
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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...
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I agree with everyone else!
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It might help you be clear with that decision (even if we didn't all agree ) to ask yourself: Would you be offended if you saw a donation box at a house where they went through as much time, effort and expense as you do? If your answer is no, then....there's your answer!

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do your thing...ain't nothing wrong with it!!
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