About 10 months ago I mailed subscriptions for Antiques Roadshow Insider and Weill-Cornell Medical College Women’s Health Advisor to P.O. Box 8536, Big Sandy, TX.
About the same time I subscribed to Southern Living magazine and mailed a Procter and Gamble stock proxy.
WITHIN THE last year, my records show, I have supported the following causes:
Mailed a check to the Environmental Defense Fund for which I was supposed to get a stuffed polar bear.
Mailed a check to the National WASP Museum.
Mailed a check to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PETA, which sent a calendar.
Mailed a check to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Wrote a check to St Joseph’s Indian School for Lakota Children, and a check for World War II Veterans Committee, which sent calendars.
The American Museum of Natural History mailed thanks for my “recent” contribution.
Mailed an order to renew a New Yorker magazine subscription. Received New Yorker cartoon caption contest book in return.
Sent a check to renew Harvard Health Letter.
Sent a check to Doctors without Borders.
Renewed Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter.
IT CONTINUES to amaze me that Big Sandy has become the center from which mail goes around the world in support of a great many requests, however worthy they may be.
Some nonprofit organizations spend more than 40 percent of their income on soliciting funds and a minor amount on service to members.
I researched all those listed above to make sure they were not among the 40 percenters. Nevertheless, some have sent me their premiums anyway.