When coming in contact with JW'S many decades ago, their claim that no collections were ever taken Impressed me. Only a box somewhere in the back, suggesting that if you could even find it .....well, OK sure you could donate - butonlyifyouwantedto!! lol.
Needless to say when the full page Ads in the Watchtower started showing up, soliciting for Money, Real Estate, Insurance policys, Stocks & Bonds, RSPs, Jewellery hey what ever youv'e got - SEND IT .... I litterally felt sick!!
They have no shame. From what I can see, the borg has more Real Estate holdings than they are even using. How come they need all this when we, R&F are told all we need is food for the day and some little rental to live in, cause hey Armaggedon is right around the corner! Well why do they need all our stuff sooooo badly if that's really true.
Here is a story from Barara Anderson's "the Governing Body Grow's Old", regarding how some donations end up!
Warning: You may lose your cookies!
"Suiter wasn't replaced and remained a GB member until his death. One-time poster here, Maximus, a former Bethelite and CO, told us how Suiter came to a city, it seems to me was Baltimore, Maryland, on WT business where Maximus was a CO. Suiter called Maximus a few days earlier and invited him to lunch. Much to his surprise, they met at one of the most expensive restaurants in the city. Maximus was not happy about this because he was CO in one of the poorest sections of the city and it seemed to him to be out of order for them to eat at that place while JWs in his territory lived in extreme poverty.
During lunch, Suiter, the overseer of the Treasury Department, pulled out of the pockets of his very expensive suit, jewelry that he asked Maximus to make an offer on. Maximus had no money. He came into the circuit work right out of Bethel and he was incredulous at Suiter’s cavalier attitude.
Maximus said he saw lots of very fine jewelry during that lunch which Suiter had just thrown in different pockets. While he displayed gold chains, diamond rings, etc., he complained how he was constantly trying to get rid of the stuff that was willed to the Society by JWs. That’s why he was there, to sell jewelry at outlets. Even the flashy rings Suitor wore on his fingers were part of the loot. This experience was one that disgusted Maximus so much that it contributed towards his leaving the organization ".