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October 30th, 2015 at 12:11 pm

The last few weeks have brought about a slew of envelopes, phone calls, and door bell ringing as people ask for donations or fundraise. It's been bad in the past, but this year is has totally overwhelmed me. I know the mail part has to be because our name and addresses were sold and I'm not happy about it. One particular charity sends something almost weekly. I looked them up and only about 5% of the money donated actually goes to the folks they are supposed to help. Fat chance they are getting anything.

I work in education and I understand the concept and necessity of fundraising, but the district I live in has gone crazy. The neighbor kids have been selling so much stuff.

Today we received what I think was a telemarketer call at 7:08 a.m. Normally I would be up and gone, but today is a day off because we had parent-teacher conferences until 7 two nights this week. I had looked forward to sleeping in. DH didn't answer the phone; I would have and let the person have it. We had someone about a year ago call about that time to inform me he wanted to help me fix the virus on my computer. I informed him I didn't have a computer virus and how absolutely rude it was to call before 9 a.m. in America and if he was calling from another country, he needs to find out what time zone he was calling.

Locally we had a community food drive a couple of weeks ago. My school was collecting and DH went and bought 3 cases of canned goods so I could take them in. Then the other building I work in decided we should donate too and started browbeating us to donate money. I said I had already donated and this person said I should donate more because it was a good cause. I kept my mouth shut, but I wanted to tell this person that yes, it is a good cause, but we consistently donate to a food pantry every month and belittling me because I wouldn't donate even more wasn't influencing me. It's none of this person's business what I do with my money.

In other news, I have been struggling with my asthma. That was one of the reasons I had hoped to sleep in because I haven't been sleeping well. Since I got home after 7, I couldn't do my breathing treatment until after then and it kind of wires me up. I needed the treatment, but I also need some sleep. Guess the telemarketer didn't think so.

Right now I stand at 126 school days until retirement. Some days fly by and some just crawl. I imagine with the holidays coming, these days will fly.

9 Responses to “Overwhelmed”

  1. My English Castle Says:

    I feel torn sometimes too. I manage the food collection box at work, but we've been collecting for Girl Scouts and church. I think I'm going to have to do another Costco run and just start donating in twos and threes. I hope you have a peaceful refreshing weekend!

  2. rob62521 Says:

    You too...get some rest too.

  3. starfishy Says:

    oh my goodness, i didn't realize that you were retiring after this school year!! sorry you are feeling so overwhelmed. i hope the upcoming holiday season and breaks will provide some relief.

  4. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Yep, I'm constantly getting emails about fundraisers for this or that at work, as well as flyers. I just delete or trash. I already know the places my charitable money is/are going to and am good with that.

    Hope you get some rest!

  5. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Wow congrats on almost retiring.

  6. snafu Says:

    We found one of the benefits of relinquishing our land line and using cell phones only was the abrupt disconnect from telemarketers and political surveys since we seemed to be on every list no matter the efforts made to 'Do Not Call' programs. We've put a stop to poorly timed calls by turning off the ringers as part of a 10 PM evening ritual. DH is an early riser and checks his phone as soon as his feet touch the floor. I need to pour a cup of coffee before starting my day. Would you consider letting technology limit incoming calls to familiar numbers? Those others can leave a voicemail message or text and leave you be a little later in the AM
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  7. PatientSaver Says:

    I absolutely cannot stand telemarketing calls and mailed appeals for money. As a matter of principle, I will give my business to or donate to anyone who intrudes on the privacy of my home.

    Now that all my mother's mail is being forwarded to me, I've actually been getting her junk mail too! Junk mail normally isn't forwarded, but these charity groups already updated their records to show my mother's name with my address once the PO gave them notice.

    I have actually gotten appeals with a legitimate check for $3 or $4 in it; there must be some reverse psychology making them think I won't cash it but instead donate more. That's what they say in their pitch letter. Wrong! I have cashed the checks. Imagine if everyone did they'd be out a lot of money.

    My mother, who lived on less than $1,000 a month in Social Security checks, could ot afford to donate to these groups, but she did. It is my pleasure to regain some of those donations!

  8. PatientSaver Says:

    I meant to say above, I will NOT give my business to any telemarketers/junk mail purveyors.

  9. CB in the City Says:

    Wow, only 126 days? It will go fast!

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