Is anyone else really bothered by these? I don't just get angry, I get infuriated by the gall these people have. I've had friends ask me to donate money to them to go to Ecuador to learn medical Spanish, go to Madagascar for some organization, and go to Kenya. I mean seriously, I'm not going to pay for your vacation! Plus, I think the people of the rural towns of Kenya or Madagascar would benefit more from you just giving them $3000 than you going there for a 5 days to help build a shelter. I mean, I love the idea behind these trips, but in the end they really are a vacation. If you want to go on vacation, YOU pay for it. And most recently, my friend is now asking for money ($8000 to be exact) to buy a car. Eight thousand dollars!?! I replied by saying she could get a very usable car for $1500, and a fairly nice car for $2-3000. She wrote back all indignant saying she didn't want a "crappy old car". Really? Beggars can't be choosers, sweetheart. I've never in my life owned a car worth more than $2000. I constantly get emails asking to donate and facebook posts. It's so frustrating. I never, ever mind donating to charity, but not to people who have comfy lives but want *more*. Am I the only one??