Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Why I don't donate to The Red Cross

I'm sure The Red Cross do good work both here and around the world but I do so wish that they wouldn't keep sending out these bits that the postman delivers several times a year.
Last week there was a pen, a card and envelope, 2 coasters and a bookmark. Plus of course the begging letter and prepaid envelope to send back your donation. And if you donate £5 or more they will send you a cotton shopping bag or  a notebook. I'm sure bulk buying means these gifts don't cost much to produce but it must be between 50p and a £1. I've heard all the discussion about why they do this and it must be worthwhile for them but it would be good if they saved the 50p+ to get these to me and used it towards something useful.

Thank you to everyone for comments about the editorial in the newspaper. I reluctantly added a link so you can read the article (I hope you avoided looking at me in the baggy shorts in close up! Not a pretty sight)

Nearly forgot to say welcome to Dani and Patricia - new followers in the little pictures on the right

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Sue

31 comments:

  1. Mystery solved. We've been receiving a lot of those coasters in donation bags at the shop and I thought it was strange, now I know.

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  2. I always feel awful when I get these, it makes you feel you have to give something, but I only give to charity by using the charity shops.

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  3. SNAP!!! Only my little package was from Cats' Protection. Begging letter, 3 x blank photo-cards with envelopes, reflective bookmark, pen, notebook, magnet - and a thank you letter from a cat! And while I'd never hurt a cat, I am a dog person through and through (though I do confess a liking for my son's little black cat, Megan, who always runs to greet me and asks for fuss.)

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  4. I too am bothered by all these freebies from charities. I try to give generously, and responsibly and thoughtfully - and unwanted keyrings , pens and the like do tend to have a negative effect on me!

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  5. I agree (I had the Cats Protection and Red Cross within a few days of each other) and it's just more stuff to dispose of/recycle/give away/think if I can make use of etc etc.

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  6. I get rid of this stuff to charity shops a.s.a.p.
    I support charities of my choice and will not give in to what is basically 'emotional blackmail'!

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  7. Here in Canada we don't get as many requests through the mail, but we still get way too many over the phone. Charities call asking for donations. We almost always say no, preferring to decide who and when we donate to without phone solicitation. -Jenn

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  8. Thanks for including the link to the article, Sue - very interesting. And stop worrying about being photographed in the baggy shorts......I stopped wearing shorts a few years ago as I have bad varicose veins in one leg, made worse with each pregnancy, but when I started doing more cycling recently I just thought "Oh I don't care - I just want to be comfortable!" So I wear them again!

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  9. I sponsor a dog with the dogs trust,help many tears, support the Ty Hafan shop on a regular basis and make occasional one off donations to small charities. All that stuff that falls through the letter box goes to the local CS, it gets up my nose that they waste co much money so they do not get any of mine to waste, Now I am off to read that article.

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  10. Talking about charity , Today i had a message through Ebay telling me about this persons child who died and she was doing an event in memoration and asked me if she could have a reduction on some cake stands i have listed or maybe have them free for the event , I was really unsure if it was a scam or not, she did give me a facebook page as of proof who she was but i am still dubious , I only make enough to live on we dont have spare money , I am not a big company just a sole trader, Sorry for going on but the point i am trying to make is charities should not be allowed to contact us direct and give us the guilt feeling in any way and i know from personal experience the way charities waste money most of the big ones do xxx

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  11. Do agree - I can't work out the economics of their actions!

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  12. I feel muchas you do Sue - we keep ourselves going all year on the free pens that come through the door. I can't see the logic, but I understand that the post office likes the extra work. I have two charities and I stick to them, other than putting money in charity boxes if I agree with the cause.

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  13. I agree, I'm always a bit confused when stuff like this comes through the post, and I forget who it is, but some charity sends sticky name & address things sometimes too. I don't ask for these things, and even if it is only a small amount, it's still costing something to get them done. Money they could keep and use elsewhere I'm sure.

    Waste of time anyway. I give to the charities I want to give to, a free pen isn't going to make me change my mind!
    x

    p.s, yes, well spotted. We were in Notcutts on Sunday, after a nice lunch at The Duke of York! x

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  14. This bugs me too! And those plastic bags that come through the letterbox for clothes collections etc. Sometimes we get three a week! I mean, how many clothes do they think that I have to get rid of! The red cross ones make me crossest though, like you I think, I would rather they saved their money, just send me a letter - if you really absolutely must - but don't send all the "stuff" Even if someone else is paying for it - which I once heard happens - just get them to give the money to the red cross!! xx

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  15. I refuse to be blackmailed - we always make a donation to our favourite charity anyway, and support the Red Cross locally through their shop. In fact, I always give these 'gifts' to them to sell.

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  16. I refuse to be blackmailed - we always make a donation to our favourite charity anyway, and support the Red Cross locally through their shop. In fact, I always give these 'gifts' to them to sell.

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  17. This is only what's public sees, one of my uncle worked for a large charity, one that was doing a 24hrs tv show asking for money, I can tell you they were paying him very well, plus a car and an account to pay for all his expenses... gas, restaurants, clothing etc... plus at the end as a thank you they gave him a two weeks Caribbeans islands vacation all expenses paid. This stopped me to give to any big charity ever again.

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  18. They rely on you feeling guilty. The percentage of money that gets put to good use compared to that donated is tiny. Overheads, fat cat directors take so much.

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  19. I'm with you completely, I also wonder about some of the salaries some of the charities employees earn. I'm afraid I become more cynical as I grow older xx

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  20. My Mum had a bag through the door and inside were about 6 beautiful cards .Prints of paintings done by people painting either with their foot or mouth. But they wanted £14.95 for them. They stayed in the bag ! Suppose they will go in the bin...Mum won't use them.

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  21. The RSPB are very good, I find. Never had a call from them, quarterly mail out and magazine. No cold calls from any other charities.

    A cat's protection league pen made its way through my door though!

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  22. I complained to the Red Cross about the waste of money, paper etc and asked them not to send me anything else. I have received nothing since.
    Pam

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  23. I quite agree with you! A get very angry at the waste of money this and similar charities expend, and also the assumption that I WANT their darned pens and key rings. Have they ever done a survey on how many people want them? Do they ever evaluate their charity drives? Also I support a few charities on a regular basis, I do get cross when they send me raffle tickets . Just don't DO it! Grrr. Now I'm feeling like a grumpy old woman!

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  24. The last free gift I received via the post was a small piece of microfibre cloth that is used for cleaning spectacles; I use it daily. So thank you Atol Opticiens, your gift is highly appreciated (even if I shan't be using your services).

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  25. I have to agree with you here especially about the cost of the free gifts I bet most of them get thrown away anyway. Surely not cost effective at all, dee.

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  26. I completely agree.
    My mother in law gets these from about three different charities.
    How is making someone feel GUILTY charitable?
    It makes me very cross!
    MrsEscape

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  27. I had the Cats Protection version of this last weekend, with notelets, a pen, a bookmark, a fridge magnet and a notebook .... alongside a letter saying for 18p I could give a hungry cat a good meal ..... WTF to put it bluntly. I tried to write them a long email through their website and it refused to send, my blood was boiling.

    I will NOT be blackmailed into giving to any charity in this ridiculous way. They should spend the money they receive on the things it was donated for not tat that ends up in the bins and recycling boxes, that's where all mine went. And I have spent more years than I care to count working for charity organisations of one kind or another, they are all getting as bad as each now in my opinion.

    I give what I can, when I can, to the charities of my choosing NOT to the one who sends me the most 'stuff'.

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  28. Ooooh ... you made me rant .... Lol :-)

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  29. Thank you, Sue for welcoming me. :-)
    Luckily, living where I live I don't have to deal with mail like that. As someone else said above, it makes you feel guilty for not giving. What a waste.
    Also, one has to be choosy giving to charity, because before you know you've given all your worldly goods to thousands of charities and you'll end up a charity case yourself.
    I would though. Luckily my husband reigns me in. :-)

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  30. There's a lot of dodgy practices that charities indulge in. I see a fair few vulnerable elderly people in my job who've fallen into their clutches. x

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  31. There's a lot of dodgy practices that charities indulge in. I see a fair few vulnerable elderly people in my job who've fallen into their clutches. x

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