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Giving Till It Hurts

A large charity organisation realised that it had never received a donation from the city's most successful lawyer. So a charity volunteer paid the lawyer a visit in his lavish office.

The volunteer opened by saying, "Our research shows that even though your annual income is well over two million pounds, you haven't given a penny to charity. Wouldn't you like to give something back to the community?"

The lawyer thinks for a minute and says, "First, did your research also show you that my mother is dying after a long, painful illness and she has huge medical bills that are far beyond her ability to pay?

"Embarrassed, the charity volunteer mumbles, "Uh...no, I didn't know that."

"Secondly," says the lawyer, "My brother, a disabled veteran, is blind and confined to a wheelchair and is unable to support his wife and six children."

The stricken charity volunteer begins to stammer an apology, but is cut off again.

"Thirdly, did your research also show you that my sister's husband died in a dreadful car accident, leaving her penniless with a mortgage and three children, one of whom is disabled and another has learning disabilities requiring an array of private tutors?"

The humiliated charity volunteer completely beaten says, "I'm sorry, I had no idea."

The lawyer continues, "So.... if I don't give them any money, what makes you think I'd give any to you!"