Censored Donations

I was intrigued by today’s topic in “Servant Leader”, a column in the Business Mirror opinion page. It talks about censoring donations.

Servant Leader wrote:

‘AY naku! Sino ba naman ang magsusuot niyan!” A skimpy, sleeveless, backless dress—short enough to be a blouse—was held up by a teenage girl for her Caritas teen team volunteers to see. Spontaneously, each team member gestured “thumbs down.” They were sorting out donated secondhand clothes for distribution in Christmas packages for orphans and for resale in Segunda Mana outlets.

This team has a box they have labeled “censored”: that is where a dress like that or any item that gets a thumbs-down goes. “If anyone wants to wear clothes like that or want to see their girlfriends wear clothes like that, it’s not coming from Caritas.” That team had also put in its censored box battery-operated plastic- massage gadgets “because they look like dildos and can be used like dildos.” Indeed, with the school break, the Caritas Manila office lights up with the fresh energy of youth volunteers. And to my surprise, as I walked through our office corridors, this refreshing “conservatism.”

1. What does Caritas do with the censored items, do they throw them away, burn them, or return them to the donors?

2. Shouldn’t Caritas inform donors that they do not accept certain items?

3. And really battery-operated plastic- massage gadgets “because they look like dildos and can be used like dildos”? God forgive me I just sent my favorite nun at the Sta. Clara convent a Hitachi back massager for her chronic back pains!

4. Is Caritas teaching teeners wholesome values or is it creating dirty minds?

Manuel Buencamino

Buencamino was a weekly columnist for Today and Business Mirror. He has also written articles in other publications like Malaya, Newsbreak, "Yellow Pad" in Business World, and "Talk of the Town" in the Inquirer. He is currently with Interaksyon, the news site of TV5. MB blogged for Filipino Voices, blogs for ProPinoy and maintains a blog, Uniffors.com. Game-changers for him, as far as music goes, are Monk, Miles, Jimi, and Santana.

  • Proud Pinoy

    dude. u blew my mind.