I work at concerts and music festivals all the time. I love selling merchandise for bands. Meeting and talking to all the different fans is always fun. Like dozens of other times, I went to work a show at a local venue.
Instead of working for one of the bands, the non-profit organization that was on the tour needed someone to watch the table so that their guy could go talk every once in a while on stage. I was friends with that guy from other events, so I figured, “sure why not. he’ll be fun to work with and we can catch up.” Usually when nonprofits go on tours they have incentives you can receive for donating or pledging to donate every month. Like all of those this one did too.
I’m working this table and people of all ages, I’m talking literally 5 years old to 70 years old(at least) coming up to this table and giving. They were giving anything from the last pennies they had in their pockets to hundreds of dollars. I’d offer them the gift they could receive and many of them would just say no. INCREDIBLE.
A group of 9 year old boys came up and each give 5-10 dollars, I offered them bracelets and each of them said they just wanted someone to get better. Another lady came up and handed me a 20. I asked her if she would like to donate 5 more so she could get a watch. Her response, “I have 5 but I don’t want the watch, here take this.” SHE HANDED ME ANOTHER 20 AND JUST WALKED AWAY.
Being a college student who works in retail(especially during holiday!) this was a parallel universe. It was amazing to see and be a part of. I’m still excited about it.
if you’re interested in donating/checking out the organization i worked with last night you can go here.