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Rotarians raise $5,000 for wheelchairs to Mexico's needy

Original post made on Jan 21, 2014

The Rotary Club of Pleasanton raised more than $5,000 Saturday at its city-wide "yard sale" held in the parking lot at Amador Valley High School.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 7:23 AM

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Posted by bev
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 21, 2014 at 9:19 am

while I think what the rotary club has done, and believe it is very commendable, but what about the needy in the good old U.S.A......I was always raised that charity begins at home....and in the 50 states of this great union, especially here in the bay area, there are a lot of needy.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 21, 2014 at 9:47 am


That's what I call a GOOD DEED! Gracias!


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Posted by Julia
a resident of another community
on Jan 21, 2014 at 10:05 am

You are so right Bev.

And Cholo, we all expected you to say something with no intellectual meaning.

Julia Pardini from Alamo


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Posted by Rotarian
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 21, 2014 at 3:46 pm

I am a local Rotarian and wanted to let you know that the Rotary Club of Pleasanton does a lot locally also. We have given out hundreds of thousands of dollars for college scholarships for Pleasanton students, purchased equipment for the Pleasanton schools, supported the Humane Society, Open Heart Kitchen, YMCA, Home Hospice, veteran organizations, the Senior Center, local seniors who need help in maintaining their homes/properties, assisted victims of the Boston Marathon, and many other worthwhile local causes.

You also might not know that Polio, that has been pretty much non-existent in the US for some time is now almost eradicated in the world, thanks to the efforts of Rotarians. This is a huge international project we work on.

We also work with wheelchairs in countries where the people do not have access to wheelchairs like the United States. You would be hard-pressed to find somebody in the United States who needs a wheelchair and cannot get one. There are many ways to get these locally. In countries we work with, there are people who are not mobile and have no ability to get a wheelchair. We have been on wheelchair distributions and seen people who were carried to the distribution site for a wheelchair, and even dragged on cardboard. Single moms with non-mobile kids and the mom had to carry the children everywhere. Rotary does not get involved in politics, we just find needed solutions. Just because somebody was born in a country that does not have the same access to mobility does not mean those people should suffer.

Our organization works to solve humanitarian issues locally, domestically, and internationally. We are proud to be part of Rotary International and work on the needs internationally as well as locally.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 22, 2014 at 11:02 am

share the prosperity...VIVA!


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Posted by T & K
a resident of Country Fair
on Jan 22, 2014 at 11:41 am

I made a purchase of $100.00 for a Thomas kinkade Paigting but
I failed to get a donation receipt, how can I obtain one from the Rotary Club ??


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 22, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Spelling: Kinkade; painting; call and ask the Rotary Club for a receipt.


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Posted by Friend
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 22, 2014 at 2:21 pm

What's the difference between someone needing a wheelchair in Mexico vs. someone needing a wheelchair in US? What kind of intellect would even raise that as a consideration after OTHERS have a sale and choose to use the proceeds accordingly? Answer: Only an intellect that's pretty remarkably stunted.


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Posted by Daveg
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 22, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Daveg is a registered user.

To Friend..............rather than criticize a worthwhile organization, exactly what are you doing to contribute something meaningful to society. Talk about stunted! Are you and Cholo related?


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Posted by Rotarian
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 22, 2014 at 4:29 pm

If you are in the US, you will have access to a wheelchair. In fact, in Rotary we have people calling us periodically trying to get rid of wheelchairs. Medicare will provide a wheelchair to anybody in the US who needs one, if their own insurance does not cover it.

As for the question on the receipt, you can get a receipt for donating something to the sale but you are talking about purchasing something. IRS laws would only allow you to take a deduction if you paid more than market value for something you purchased from a charity event. $100 for a Kinkade appears to be less than the market value but if you feel it is more I am sure the Rotary Club will get you a receipt. The IRS has really cracked down on contributions like this and when somebody donates money to an organization, the receipt from the organization needs to specify the value of goods received for the donation. If you go to a charity dinner and spend $50/person and the value of the dinner is $30/person, you could get a $20/person tax deduction and your receipt would show that.


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Posted by Friend
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 22, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Hey Da Veg, I wasn't criticizing the Rotarians, I was criticizing dolts like yourself who get exorcized over people donating to poor and needy people outside of this country. Learn how to read ... then maybe you'll be a bit less stunted (but probably not).


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Posted by Daveg
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 23, 2014 at 8:54 am

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Hey "Friend"; my question for you still remains........"exactly what are you doing to contribute something meaningful to society"


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Posted by Friend
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 23, 2014 at 9:47 am

Da Veg wants to know what I'm doing to contribute something meaningful to society. I say: It's none of his business; and I'd hope he trolls up another tree.


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Posted by Daveg
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 23, 2014 at 9:56 am

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Just about the answer I expected from "friend"!


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Posted by Pleasnton_Ca
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 23, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Did the Rotary Club state that the funds were going to be used for wheelchairs for Latin America at the fund raiser ?
If so then I don't see a problem, if not then that's a different story !


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Posted by Friend
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 23, 2014 at 9:21 pm

@Pleasnton_Ca

Why would that be a different story? Are Mexicans in need different than Americans in need? Please explain.


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