Everyone Wants My Money
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One day last week I received 4 pieces of mail. Every single one of them wanted money from me. One came from a charity I’d already sent money to this year, one from a charity I’d never sent money to, one wanted me to buy a roof from them, and another wanted me to buy a magazine subscription. Today I was reminded of these requests when the mail yielded yet another round of organizations and companies wanting me to pony up some of my cash. ‘Junk mail’ now dominates my mailbox.
I feel fatigued from all of these requests. Please understand that I know charitable organizations do good work. In fact, I reviewed my charitable giving for this year and I’ve made 10 donations of cold, hard cash. Diseases, a hospital, a theatre, help for local children, and help for foreign children rank amongst the groups I’ve sent money to so far. This week I donated a litre bottle of fine liquor to a local group for their silent auction. I feel enormously blessed to live in Canada and I know if we all share, we can all enjoy a wonderful life. And … I think I’m at my limit for receiving requests.
Although I am a big recycler and hate waste, I’ve started to toss these requests into the recycling box without even opening them up. I know what is inside. Many of the envelopes contain stickers with my name in various forms such as just initials, my full name, my name with a title, etc. From these name designations I can tell who sold my details to fuel other organizations’ marketing efforts to get my money. What surprises me is people send so little mail these days, who do these organizations think are using the name and address labels? People pay bills online, holiday cards are reducing, and I’ve even received birthday greetings via Jib Jab, an online card company, and their cards are hilarious.
For a while when I moved here I received no requests for money. Nobody knew where I lived. Bliss. Now that I’ve ordered a few magazine subscriptions, and made some new donations, I’m on the radar again for groups wanting my money. Today frustrated me because an organization sent cards, necessitating a mail notice for me to drive to the post office, to pick up a ‘parcel’. My time, my money for gasoline to get there, and then my disappointment upon realizing there wasn’t a parcel for me, but another marketing effort of cards they hoped would nudge me into a donation since they’d sent me a ‘gift’. The postal worker reached into a giant bag containing dozens of these ‘parcels’ to retrieve the one with my name on it.
The post office needs to keep delivering these requests for money otherwise the amount of mail they handled would be reduced even further. My sense is we need to rethink how to fund much-needed charities and organizations, and not throw money away on paper, stickers, cards, or whatever. It seems such a waste of resources.
That is what’s on my mind today, what do you think?