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Hosting a charity carwash

January 23, 2006
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Writing in favor of hosting a charity carwash
Robert Roman

A charity carwash is usually a collection of kids and their parents that wash cars in a parking lot of a convenience store, gasoline station, auto parts store or similar venue for the purpose of raising money for some good cause.

For example, the last charity carwash I participated in, my daughter's high school marching guard raised about $1,200 for the Katrina hurricane relief fund.

Unfortunately, there are carwash operators out there who believe that charity carwashes are bad for business and that giving to charitable causes is a poor business practice.

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Writing against hosting a charity carwash
Douglas Clemson

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right; let us strive on to finish the work we are in." — Abraham Lincoln.

And there we have it. Charity is a noble and philanthropic act.

To give to those less fortunate is not just a good deed, but in most religions and societies commanded of us and praised.

So, as I look at this debate of charity carwashing, I find myself, as an owner/entrepreneur, looking at the glass both half-empty and half-full.

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