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To send an email regarding nursery asking for donations to Samaritan’s Purse?

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TeddyIsaHe Fri 30-Oct-20 08:55:30

DD’s nursery are asking for donations to Samaritan’s Purse. Everything they stand for (very anti-LGBTQ and anti-Muslim) are against my beliefs. DD’s nursery is very diverse, including Muslim children.

Do I send a very chill email just explaining that? I guess they have no idea about it, which most don’t unless you do some digging.

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Porridgeoat Fri 30-Oct-20 08:57:07

Send them some links

Camomila Fri 30-Oct-20 08:58:12

I think that would be fine.
If you want to be extra helpful, maybe attach a link to a different shoebox charity so the DC can still do the shoeboxes.

The only one I can think of is 'Marys Meals', still a Christian charity but I've not heard aby controversy around them.

Camomila Fri 30-Oct-20 08:58:42


edenhills Fri 30-Oct-20 09:02:11

Definitely say something! Noone wants to be the grinch but a lot of people font realise what a nasty organisation it is.

zaphodbeeble Fri 30-Oct-20 09:02:22

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Mrspopper Fri 30-Oct-20 09:03:42

Yes please say something. Nursery may not be aware of what they stand for.

BertieBloopsMum Fri 30-Oct-20 09:05:55

Many people and organisations such as schools don't actually know much about Samaritan's Purse. I would definitely send a calm email, with the links PPs have posted, and asking if the school is aware.

Don't just send an email with info, ask an actual question that they have to answer. Don't make the email too long, and maybe do some bulletpoints.

Aroundtheworldin80moves Fri 30-Oct-20 09:07:19

YANBU. On the surface, Christmas presents for children is a lovely idea. But their particular delivery isn't.

Obviously all areas are different, but there are lots of local charities doing toy collections for local deprived families. I know of two in my small town, one church based, the other arranged by sixth formers at the local school.

SBTLove Fri 30-Oct-20 09:08:03

Definitely say something, they maybe aren’t aware of the background.

NetflixWatcher Fri 30-Oct-20 09:08:27

I wasn't aware of this. Definately tell them. I'm glad I've learned this.

Yellredder Fri 30-Oct-20 09:09:32

I emailed my daughter's school about them and how they went against British Values and they stopped supporting them. I would email nursery.

HOkieCOkie Fri 30-Oct-20 09:14:04

I used to do the shoeboxes with charges. until one parent I worked for (nanny) asked me to read up on it and I’ve never done them since.

Truthlikeness Fri 30-Oct-20 09:16:20

Someone at my work wanted us to donate to them (without realising what they stand for). When I pointed it out they found a different scheme - Rotary Club, I think.

hannahbanana2007 Fri 30-Oct-20 09:17:40

I did this when my son's school suggested using them. I sent a short email saying I had concerns on the organisation and that I didn't feel it aligned with the school values with a couple of links. I was so worried I'd be seen as 'that' parent but the headmistress sent me a lovely email saying thanks for making them aware and they withdrew the proposal

Ahorsecalledseptember Fri 30-Oct-20 09:19:14

I think definitely, if you phrase it in such a way that you know they are just keen to help and it’s such a lovely gesture BUT ...

canigooutyet Fri 30-Oct-20 09:25:50

I would email and query if what you found was info about their chosen charity as you were surprised as they don't seem inclusive unlike the nursery, and add some links.

SBTLove Fri 30-Oct-20 09:26:27
I support this charity, they do amazing work.

SarahAndQuack Fri 30-Oct-20 09:27:44

I definitely would. Agree with a PP that they go against British Values, which (ludicrous though the phrase is), is something the nursery is meant to be supporting. Usually that means teaching children to be accepting of differences, which this organisation certainly are not.

Mumofsend Fri 30-Oct-20 09:29:11

My daughter's CofE school won't touch Samaritans purse. Instead they have a tree full of tags of different children (anonymous and done via local sources) and children who want to join in choose a tag and buy a present for that child. Could suggest that as an alternative? It's lovely

RaspberryCoulis Fri 30-Oct-20 09:34:06

Send them some links. They probably have no idea and would be horrified.

sashh Fri 30-Oct-20 09:37:11

A few years ago I sent one to the FE college I was working with. It was very much a, "I've thought long and hard before sending this..." the organiser was horrified and emailed me back.

They then went with a local charity.

CaraDuneRedux Fri 30-Oct-20 09:39:11

Agree with taking approach of "it's a lovely idea, here are some reputable charities" e.g. rotary club.

Btw be prepared for this thread to go pfft - Samaritans Purse have lawyers like Rottweilers and have threatened MN with legal action in previous years.

Nailgirl Fri 30-Oct-20 09:40:31

I sent some links years ago and the following year it stopped and there was donations to the local food bank instead.

PrayingandHoping Fri 30-Oct-20 09:41:21

I looked into some of these shoeboxes a few years ago and was shocked at the organisation and organisations tbh

I went with Women's Aid. Contacted our local one and they ask for children presents (new, not homemade and unwrapped) to give to those children who end up being helped by them. Wonderful organisation who are always incredibly grateful. We've been doing it now for 6 years

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