San Jose volunteers hours and dollars, but keeps holiday spending low

The Daily Beast tried to call out San Jose as one the 31 “Grinchiest US Cities”, but from a philanthropic mindset, I was quite pleased with San Jose’s results.

While other populations hustled and bustled to spend their money on pricey gifts and new sweaters, San Jose residents spent a mere 1.5% of earnings on the holiday season and contributed over 3% on average to charitable contributions. This same group represents nearly 30% of San Jose residents that volunteer their time as well!

I for one am happy to live in the city of “grinches”, where community support is more valuable to individuals than material belongings.

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One Response to San Jose volunteers hours and dollars, but keeps holiday spending low

  1. Diane Fisher says:

    I agree with the reaction above. Furthermore, it is a rather strange measurement of gift spending as a percentage of your income–what percentage was Bill Gates’ Christmas presents of his $54B net worth? There’s a large disparity of income between the cities listed, so “grinchy” San Joseans are probably spending more $$, based on their average $80,000 salary.

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