For years, I like many of my fellow citizens, have tried to give donations to charities I hoped would help those less fortunate than me. Two years ago, I gave a small $20 donation to an Indian children’s charity in an effort to improve conditions for Indian children. That year I also gave to a wildlife fund of some kind. Today, the children’s charity sent me return stickers, a calendar, two note pads and a dream catcher. Last week the wildlife fund sent me a hat and a calendar. I contacted the wildlife fund last year and asked them to quit sending me things right after they sent me a tote bag, a calendar, return stickers and a note pad. 


For years, I like many of my fellow citizens, have tried to give donations to charities I hoped would help those less fortunate than me. Two years ago, I gave a small $20 donation to an Indian children’s charity in an effort to improve conditions for Indian children. That year I also gave to a wildlife fund of some kind. Today, the children’s charity sent me return stickers, a calendar, two note pads and a dream catcher. Last week the wildlife fund sent me a hat and a calendar. I contacted the wildlife fund last year and asked them to quit sending me things right after they sent me a tote bag, a calendar, return stickers and a note pad.  

I am absolutely positive that my small donations to many organizations are only creating jobs for charity solicitors. So guess what, I am never going to give to another charity regardless of their mission if they send me any unsolicited items.  

Most all the Republican candidates want to move welfare-type aid to charities. If that ever happens, I will have to buy a larger mailbox. Republicans hate taxes and want all of them lowered and seem to emphasize stopping any government aid to the unfortunate. Well, the actions of many charities have thoroughly convinced me that paying taxes to ensure aid to the unfortunate means I can help provide a safety net once a year when I pay my taxes, instead of wading through all those requests for help every day in my mailbox.  

Jo Davis,
Shawnee