Rarely a day goes by that I don’t receive a letter from the National Wildlife Federation, Defenders of Wildlife, World Wildlife Fund, Nature Conservancy, the Audubon Society or other organization that I have donated money to in the past. Last year I sent in $20 bucks here and there, nothing terribly substantial, but since then I’ve been inundated with paper. It’s always odd to get mail from a group claiming that they want to protect wildlife, but they sent inordinate amounts of glossy, non-recycled (as far as I can tell) paper to try and get me to send them more money (especially in return for a backback that falls apart after a month, a low-quality fleece blanket, or other novelty item). At this point I have so many address labels that even if I sent a letter a day I wouldn’t even make a dent in the pile.
What amuses me most, however, are the packages containing greeting cards or a calendar. I don’t have much use for the cards, but the calendars aren’t bad, but after about a week I always get another letter saying “We hope you’re enjoying your calendar. Now pay us for it.” They’re not actually that direct, mind you, but I hate all the ways these groups try to guilt me into making more donations when I simply don’t have the money to do so. I’m even more annoyed that so much paper is wasted trying to bring in more money and that the paper isn’t even recycled. Shows how much they care, huh?