This post is not in line with what I typically blog about. Nothing edible here today folks, unless you're looking for food for thought. And I apologize in advance to anyone who's paying a visit to my blog today and expecting to find me in my usual lighthearted and air headed state.
Let me just say up front that I believe in and support charitable organizations and most certainly sympathize with all who are in need. And I do my best to share my good fortune with those who might not have such good fortune. But currently I am pissed off at all of those charitable organizations that send me "gifts" in an attempt to procure funds from me. In the past two weeks I have received no less than ten standard (USPS) mailings, all asking for donations. No problem, as such. You can beg until the cows come home and I'll either give or not give, depending on the status of both my hormones and my pocket book. What really cheezes my chit though, is when I get "free" address labels, and sticky note pads, and calendars, and greeting cards, and book marks, and then when I'm forced to think about how much of my donation is actually getting to the needed party, I have to accept and realize that so much of that money and effort is basically being wasted on teasers to earn more donations. That's crazy. It's insane, even!
Yesterday I received a plea from an organization that stickied a dime to its request. Can you imagine how many dimes were sent out in an attempt to draw more dimes? Can you even imagine how many people threw out those dimes? Junk mail means different strokes to different folks and I can totally see a fair number of people tossing that mail into the trash without even opening it to squirrel away that dime. You know what that means? YOU ARE THROWING AWAY MONEY... March of Dimes, St. Jude, Heart Association, Diabetes Foundation, Alzheimer's Association, Easter Seals... etc, etc, etc.
Here's my vow... and don't even try to call me on this, because I've decided it's so.
If you want my money... STOP sending me stuff. I will NOT support your cause if you continue to waste my money, yours, and most importantly THEIRS by sending me note pads and address labels and sticky dimes. Just stop it already.
I really don't have the solution to this problem, and I apologize to all of you who devote your time and efforts to charity, but can't we find another way to make sure that our money is spent in the best possible way? For starters, how about you wait to send me my address labels, calendars, sticky notes and such until AFTER I send you a donation.