At my meeting, we would not want to know or care if someone tossed a lot of money into the Seventh Tradition basket. All Seventh Tradition contributions are anonymous. No one will know whether I put twenty pence or twenty pounds into the basket when it goes around. We use an opaque purse large enough for a person’s hand to fit in, so I can put my coin or paper in my fist and release it without anyone seeing the amount.

We mention a suggested amount to contribute, then stay out of people’s monetary decisions. What others give, and why, is for them to work out with their sponsors and Higher Power. I do get resentful when I see copper coins in the bag, thinking people should give more, but then I take a Tenth Step and get over it, grateful that I have a meeting at all! One thing we do to help ease the load (literally) for our treasurer is to encourage members to put in large bills and take out the change.

I like the line I heard at an Australian meeting: “Put in five and stay alive!” I give from a place of gratitude, and I use the Seventh Tradition basket as an opportunity to practice generosity (which does not come naturally for me).

— Ana G., London, England

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