“I’m Better Than You!”
If I receive one more message stating, “Rather than send out greeting cards (or presents) I’ve made a donation to a charity in your name.” I might just go out and buy a “Make America Great Again” hat!
This week I’ve received written letters, emails, and Facebook announcements from a number of businesses and/or private persons containing that announcement – and I wonder what could be their thought process?
Send or don’t send cards or presents if you like- it’s a personal decision, but don’t use it as a form of advertisement of some greater moral behavior. You apparently don’t like the practice, but please stop trying to have it both ways by sending public notices of not sending public notices.
If you find yourself sending out cards or presents for any other reason than that you enjoy making people feel good, you might want to check your motives. If you’re worried about a charity or a particular cause, send them a gift, but do it because you want to, not because you want people to notice your “selfless” act of charity.
I happen to enjoy sending out an annual Christmas greeting! What I don’t need is some “holier than thou” telling me that they don’t do cards or gifts anymore and I shouldn’t too.
To me the ultimate irony of that act is when some of the charities receive these cash donations; they end up using them to send out extra holiday cards — soliciting more money…
“Ormsby – We mind our business!”
I feel you on this one. And to boot, what if you sent a donation to an organization, in my name, that I don’t support? Now what? Plus, unless I get a receipt, how do I know you actually did it? Hrm? Hrm?
And just to show you how much I agree with this post, I’ve sent a donation in your name to the “Stop Sending Donations in Someone Else’s Name” foundation. 😀
Trust me. I did. You don’t need to see the receipt. Cause, you know, I totally did it, and it’s totally a real charity.