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Petitioning Giant Food Public Relations Jamie Miller

Tell Giant Food to Stop Being a Charity-Banning Grinch!


Tis the season for Salvation Army bell-ringers to hit street corners collecting donations for the underprivileged. The Grinch this year is Giant Food, a major grocery chain in D.C., which is limiting when and for how long charities can solicit shoppers.

Giant Food has declared that bell-ringers can stand outside its automatic doors just 12 days over the course of November and December combined. On those six days, they are welcome for just four hours.

A Giant spokesman said the new restrictions were enacted, "In order to best serve our customers, and not hinder their shopping experience." What are the odds their customers are all named Ebenezer Scrooge?

The decreased collection time will put a major crimp in the local Salvation Army's plan to raise $1.6 million over the holidays to help 33,000 people. Last year, a full half of their $1.3 million haul came from Giant Food shoppers.

Tell Giant to get into the holiday spirit by allowing charity collections!

Photo credit: Alex Barth

Letter to
Giant Food Public Relations Jamie Miller
I was dismayed to learn recently that Giant Food will be instituting regulations regarding when and for how long charities can solicit your shoppers.

I understand that you don't want to bother customers, but you know what will really get to them? Being confronted with homeless and hungry families asking for cash instead.

The decreased collection time will put a major crimp in the local Salvation Army's plan to raise $1.6 million over the holidays to help 33,000 people. Last year, a full half of their $1.3 million haul came from Giant Food shoppers.

As you know, there's hardly an area that could need the help more than Washington, D.C. The poverty rate in the District is a staggering 18.9 percent (and probably climbing). Last year saw the largest year-over-year increase in the number of poor people since 1995. If it were a state, it would be vying for the poorest in the nation. Three in 10 children who live there are poor. Residents are struggling to keep the heat on. They need help, and they don't mind the ringing.

Banning bell-ringers has left a sour taste in the mouths of many customers.