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Talking of charities, this year I am already getting masses of
requests in my mail box from charities I have never even donated to,
is it the same everywhere? I can't understand the waste of money to
do that! I do the ones I do online anyway.
I don't know where they come from, but once you give anything to
one of them, it seems you end up on many other's mailing list. For
example, I gave to the Fort Mac fire recovery through the Red Cross . .
. they are still after me for more on everything they support and I can
understand why they (Red Cross) are.
What I don't like is at least 5-6 other charities that I never had
the resources to help all of a sudden are now as aggressive via mail,
email and phone calls to solicit funds from me. I highly suspect these
groups share donor lists. I really hope the Red Cross didn't give my
contact info to a bunch of other charities, but the timing is very
I hate to use the RWA expression, but I will anyhow, "Some
charities are like stray cats . . . you feed them once and you can never
get rid of them." I think that was a Harper-era dig directed at gov't
social programs and people on EI, welfare, etc. Regardless the message
I do lean socialist and feel we out to keep our social programs
intact. My point was charities ought to be thankful and not badger you
forever. My mother died 8 years ago and I still get letters from the
charities she supported. Writing "Deceased" on the letter and sending
it back seems to have no effect.