Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Phone Calls

Does anyone else get phone calls from the Fraternal Order of Police soliciting donations? We used to get these on our house phone all the time and now we get them to our cell phones. And it DRIVES ME CRAZY.

Two months ago the friendly police hit my husband and I up separately, within an hour of each other, on our cell phones. Both of us agreed to make a donation although I agreed to more than him. We didn't tell each other about the calls (we have two kids, when do we actually get to talk?!), until I received TWO envelopes in the mail two days later. So I went back and tracked who got the call first. Since it was my husband, I paid his amount of the donation and sent my form back with a letter of explanation. Sorry, but I would have given you the higher amount if you had reached ME first but I sure as heck am not going to combine the two totals and send that over to you. I think it's WRONG that you called both of us. WRONG.

PLUS - I hate NOT giving to you oh Fraternal Order of Police (or Firefighters when you call) because I have this sinking feeling that you'd mark our address, our drivers' licenses, our files and somehow not respond as quickly as you might for someone who shelled out $20 or more to you when you called and, dare I say, bothered (gasp!) them. See I can't use that word "bother" since you might think I'm "bothering" you if a robber smashes a window in my home to gain entry, or another creepy re-po man shows up on my porch looking for Megan Young and that creep doesn't take "she doesn't live here" for an answer. See the things you force me to consider when you dial my cell number, an unlisted number, a do-not call number (which doesn't matter since you're "not for profit") and ask me for my financial help?

I actually don't mind making a donation to the police of fire departments AT ALL. I respect them because I sure as heck wouldn't want to do their jobs, they scare me to death! I support them. I pay my taxes and I don't really mind paying my taxes either. So please, when you call, call only one person per household, per address, call only once a year, not every couple months, and don't lay down the guilt that we're not supporting you if we don't contribute financially. We support other organizations too that also need help finacially, like the March of Dimes, the Lymphoma Society, and the American Red Cross. And quite frankly, we're supporting our families also, just like you, and there's only so much to go around.


Kekibird July 7, 2009 at 12:46 PM  

I always crack up at the people that call and call and call till you answer and offer you a loan break on your mortgage. Sorry hunny....but I'm a renter!! Yeah, was getting a lot of those calls for a while.

Now I just don't have a working home number....