Apparently the non-profits did not get my memo about sending me address labels, because I keep getting them. And it feels like they're pouring in--I believe I have some for a nature-related cause, then I got some from St. Jude's , and I think some others might have come in as well. I'm definitely going to have to start sending out more letters and cards just to get through them all.
However, the most dumbfounding batch has been from St. Joseph's Indian School in Chamberlain, SD, which is a school for Lakota children. They sent me:
- Address labels (at the top, it says "Wopila tanka - that's many thanks in Lakota")
- An already-filled-out certificate of appreciation for generously donating
- Gift tags
- Stationary seals (at the top it says, "The enclosed stationery seals are a gift to you, and I'm sorry I am unable to fulfill additional requests," as if people are knocking down their doors to get extra pages of stickers)
- Two notepads (TWO)
- And....a Dreamcatcher (with a Legend of the Dreamcatcher card)
That's right--a Dreamcatcher! Sadly, the card also notes that the Dreamcatcher is, "Not intended for use by small children," which prompted the Boy to comment, "So small children can't have dreams?"
Although I'm blown away by this mailing, it seems to be nothing new for St. Joseph's -- Jonathan Kamens over at Something Better to Do discussed their mailings last year, and boy, did he get some great comments! The BBB isn't really a fan of them either and reports that in the year ending 6/30/2008, they spent a little over $15 million on fund raising expenses. Of course, they got almost $42 million in contributions, so apparently this massive package works on some levels. Just not my level. Not this year.
Anyone else hear from St. Joseph's? Any other fun charity requests?