I stole this notepad, well you couldn’t say stole exactly, because I didn’t take it from someone forcibly and not pay them for it. It arrived at my address along with a few other unsolicited mailings. Much like the type of post I receive more or less on a daily basis. Because I haven’t made the requested donation to the cause who sent the appeal, it has taken me over a week in deciding whether or not to write in it.
My problem is, I find that once I have replied with a donation, I not only become a regular on this charity list, but my address is somehow made known to all other charity requests – every charity – disaster – and appeal from across the globe dominates my mail. As I have set up small payments to a variety of causes and my chosen charities, I feel guilt-tripped for the ones that I don’t support, therefore I find that because I am unable to discard the items sent with the appeal, I have ended up with an assortment of Xmas and Birthday cards, baby socks, gloves and pens I am unable to use because I haven’t sent the £10 or £15 requested.
Besides not knowing where my donation might end up, I have my own problems, worries, and a very personal funding interest. I fully understand why the genuine appeals are made but, as a pensioner, I can only face so much Misery and guilt.