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Would This Bother You? Donated Eggs and Expectations

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by speckledhen, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    When my flock grew and the winter hit, we stopped sitting out in the cold on the side of the street to sell our eggs. When they began building up, we contacted the local homeless shelter and offered to donate extra eggs when our fridge became too full. The person whose ministry this shelter is also runs a thrift store connected to it. Several times, we've donated 10-15 dozen eggs to the shelter in our newly purchased cartons. The man bought a couple dozen for himself each time and took the freebies for the homeless residents. We are getting about 30-35 eggs every day.

    Today, we had about 30 dozen in the fridges and called to see if they needed any eggs, tellling them that we had 7-8 dozen at least. My DH drives the 15 miles to the thrift store with a cooler full and a sack full of eggs. The guy wants 2 doz for himself and takes 7 dozen for the shelter. This is the part that bothers me: he asks if we can set up a schedule for my DH to deliver free eggs to the shelter. He told him no, we cant do that because in the spring we sell all our extras to pay for feed. I'm thinking, why cant you offer to come pick up the free eggs in their brand new cartons?
    And we asked them to save the cartons. Well, the ones we got back were the filthiest things and my DH said he'd rather burn them than put eggs in them, even if they were washed. Also, he was buying the eggs for himself for .50/doz less than our usual prices.

    Seems to me that it's enough to donate fresh, freerange eggs in brand new cartons (which cost about 25 cents each and think of the value of the eggs today!) and that this man could at least come pick them up. We have no income other than the retirement pay and are driving an older truck that may get 13 mpg if we're lucky. I'm all for helping out, but there has to be a limit. If someone was going to give me something of value, I wouldnt expect them to deliver it, too. I'd appreciate the gesture, too, but I'm not sure our gesture is really being appreciated here.

    What I want to do is let them call us if they ever want anymore eggs, not contact them at all. If I've just fed my extras back to my girls, then they'll be out of luck. And the price is will be our normal price for the ones they buy, no more discounts since we are already giving something of value to them.

    What do you guys think?

  2. EllyMae

    EllyMae Songster

    I agree that sometimes in situations like that, you gotta set limits because you will run across people that just plain take advantage of someone doing a good deed. I think I would let them do the calling like you said. We had a similar situation and found out later that we were being duped and taken advantage of. Not a good feeling.
  3. It's always great to donate if when you have extras .

    I feel same as you , let them call you when they need eggs , purchase for the same price you charge all your customers when the eggs are for their personal use.

    If you have some to donate i beleive they should contact you for a time they can come and get them. No since in you doing all the runnng , nice enough that you are donating the eggs , thats a great thing you do !

  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I wanted to do it and I felt good about it, but this thing today really put us off. It almost feels like you give someone your coat and they ask for the shoes off your feet, too, then ask what you'll have for them next time. [​IMG] The shelter had about 20 people living there, so they would go through lots of eggs if they cooked them every day for the residents, not to mention using them in cooking.
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Do you have a food pantry in your area? Give them to the food bank or local harvest group who help feed the needy.

    I try to give extras to elderly people first.

    We saw an old old lady in the grocery store last week. We over heard her talking to herself and put back some dog fodd because "it doesn't taste good". We wonder if she has had to resort to eating cheap canned dog food. [​IMG]
  6. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    Totally unappreciative of your good gestures. Let them contact you. Or, better yet, find another charity that will appreciate your good deeds. I'm sure that has to be another outfit around that would gladly welcome fresh, FREE, eggs. Let them come get them from you. .50/dozen, no way, that isn't even worth my time or my chicken's time. You're a good person for doing your part to help others, it's when others take advantage of you that ruins the whole situation.
  7. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Think of it from their perspective: they're a non-profit (most likely) and your brining the eggs to them helps defray their costs.

    From their perspective, it probably didn't hurt to ask (though it did put you off).

    It sounds like he was just trying to see if he could get a steady stream of eggs for a non-profit.

  8. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    Quote:Now, that brought tears to my eyes. That is my passion in life the elderly and the children.
  9. EllyMae

    EllyMae Songster

    Quote:Hopefully she was talking about her dogs not liking the taste...some of my elderly patients have pets and for some that is their only family and they think of them as humans.
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    The only food pantry is associated with the homeless shelter. Remember, this is a very small town and it's a miracle there is even a homeless shelter at all. Since we dont work, we dont know many people at all and the one neighbor who knows everything about everybody ( and coincidentally volunteers at the thrift store associated with the homeless shelter) is out of town, or I'd ask her to consult her "network" for us.

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