Sharing your memories reminds me of our activites.
Our moadon was on a main street, in the heart of Toronto Jewish area. We set up a table outside with a sign & as people walked by donations started pouring in. A Betaria came running in & showed us a check she had just received for $5,000.
I went out to thank the lady & I remember her exact words-
" I was planning to give this money to the U J A, but with your enthusiastic young people, here it is."