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Re: 2006 Calendar

There are so many causes out there, many very good ones that need and
deserve assistance and donations. But everyone is being stretched so far
this year. I heard that even the Red Cross had to take out a loan. I
read that Pakistan has only received 20% of the money that was pledged
for Tsunami releief. Meanwhile the local Christmas Bureau wrote a letter
to the editor of the local paper begging people not to forego their
normal Cmas pledges because of being tapped out.

As far as anyone hanging up on you because you asked for additional
info, that's just wrong. They made the call; they asked for your help.
If they're rude and hang up, you know you were justified in not giving
aid immediately. Call centers are supposed to train their people to be
polite and should provide their workers with solid replies for all
questions, such as an 800 number or an address you can contact for
additional details. If they don't, they are just cutting their chances
of your ever contributing and creating the possibility that you will
share your experience with others who then too may not contribute. When
you ask them to "put it in the mail.", that may not be possible for the
caller, but the supervisor should have something in place for such
situations....of course then you're on ANOTHER list. :+)


-- james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net> wrote:
We get calls by the dozens from alleged charities. Ms. Fatma is a 
sucker for any sob story so she's given to most of them in the past. 
This year, I've been asking them to "put it in the mail." Figure that 
way I could check them out on one of those charity-evaluation web 
sites--you know, what percentage of their solicitation revenue is spent 
trying to get more solicitations and such. 90 percent of the callers, 
especially the cops' benevolent groups and cancer-of-the- parts groups, 
take offense and hang up. Interesting, no?

On Nov 17, 2005, at 12:07 PM, Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing 
Center wrote:

> Chris, years ago I contacted all the charities I gave to and told them 
> I was
> selecting one.  The criteria for the chosen one included no crap.  I 
> want my
> donation to go to the cause, not to thankyou "gifts".  The one I chose 
> had a
> newsletter for which the printing and postage was paid for by a donor. 
>  100%
> went to the charity.  I do also give to DAV, but they assured me that 
> none
> of my contribution goes to paying for the address labels they send me 
> and
> they put me on a list for once a year contact so less money would be 
> wasted
> contacting me.
> Kitty
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Chris Petersen" <chris@widom-assoc.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2005 5:23 PM
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] 2006 Calendar
>> I get so many free calendars (and gift cards, wrapping paper, etc.) 
>> from
> all
>> the nature and other charities that I donate to that I have more than
> enough
>> to go around!  Right now the Nature Conservancy calendar is in my home
>> office and Habitat for Humanity is hanging in my kitchen.  I wish I 
>> could
>> find a good place to give away all the cards!  I usually bag them up 
>> for
>> anybody's rummage sale!  Any that I especially like, I keep.  I 
>> always use
>> the wrapping paper at the holidays, but I get so many address labels 
>> that
> I
>> just keep the best. I get lots of pads as well and they come in 
>> handy.  I
>> always wonder how these charities have money left over to fund their
>> projects after handing out tote bags, umbrellas, blankets, tee shirts,
>> etc.!!!!
>> Chris Petersen
>> Northport, Long Island, New York
>>  Zone 7a (Average min temp 50 - 00)
>> chris@widom-assoc.com
>> My garden: http://photos.yahoo.com/chrispnpt
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf
>> Of kmrsy@netzero.com
>> Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2005 2:47 PM
>> To: gardenchat@hort.net
>> Subject: [CHAT] 2006 Calendar
>> So what calendars are y'all planning to use for next year?  Gardening
>> related?  Or something else?
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