Charitable gifts questioned

In recent weeks I have received several letters from various charitable organizations requesting financial aid.

In recent weeks I have received several letters from various charitable organizations requesting financial aid.

With each letter, there was enclosed sheets of address labels, pens, calendars or a shiny nickel.

I do not deny that these are worthwhile organizations that do a lot of good work.

My complaint is the enclosure of what I presume to be enticements to inspire giving.

Surely the money spent on all of these labels, etc. would be put to much better use if kept within these organizations.

When people donate to charities, I like to believe it is because they care about the cause and not the receipt of a plethora of redundant address labels made redundant largely because of the Internet.

I have yet to hear someone joyously cry out “Oh goodie, I just received another 200 address labels!”

Berniece Neis

Red Deer