The gift of guilt

September 25, 2010


Sheesh. Boys Town has an excellent fundraiser scheme. I feel bad enough turning down a charity group that only sends me mailing labels unbidden, but Boys’ Town went over the top. They sent two kinds of mailing labels with surrounding stickers, another sheet of just Christmas stickers, a flat calendar, a book-type calendar/planner, a notepad, and a certificate that basically says “You are a saint for sending us money” – even though we’ve never sent any, and they are assuming that we will.

The guilt almost got me, but I resisted and sent some money to Concordia Seminary and Lloyd’s high school instead. I’m disappointed in you, Boys Town. Shame on you for trying to manipulate me.

We never send Christmas mail, so most of these are just going on the bills.

Does anyone need some stickers?

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6 Responses to “The gift of guilt”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Wow. I can’t imagine that could be profitable for them. Unless the printed materials were all donated.

    Good job resisting!


  2. Peggy Said on:

    Dang…what a way to drive up the guilt factor…and I too applaud you for your response. I also would have to assume the items are donated.


    • Peggy Said on:

      (my computer’s acting wonky…I didn’t mean to hit post comment yet…and now I forgot what else I was going to say…something like they should just have the companies that donate stuff give them money & save everyone time, money & guilt)


  3. Gretchen Said on:

    Sure, I’ll take some of the address labels. You never know when you might need to send some mail anonymously.


  4. Curt Said on:

    The printing material isn’t donated, they pay to have these printed and sent out. They spend a lot of money to get people to donate and it works.


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