Date: October 27, 2021 04:50PM
Both my husband's mother and mine had favorite charities they gave to to support the healthcare and education of impoverished children - and I don't begrudge them this. Indeed, it's just about the time of year to give my mother's usual annual donation.
However, like you said, both of their favorite charities inundated them with notepads and address labels, and as far as we can tell, they don't have a "less frequent" mode at all.
Accordingly, we put the kibosh on both. In my husband's case, his mother's dying made them stop. In my mother's case, she's in care, and I'm power of attorney. Although the "gifts" have stopped coming, I just shredded another pile of personalized notepads and address labels we found in her boxes last week - and they included ones for my father too.
I know people consider it important to support these charities, but they prey on seniors, and they never let up. I frankly think the frequent mailings are intended to take advantage of people forgetting that they've already given.
And the "gifts" are supposed to make you feel guilty - after all, they're "giving" you something, but ask yourself this: would you purchase your own *personalized* notepads, stationery, cards, etc., if they weren't sending them to you?
My husband and I still use the same Avery address label sheets we bought for our wedding. They cost between $11 and $16 for 1500 labels on 25 sheets - and it'll take us years to go through all the labels. Best of all, if we move, we're only out our most recent sheet.
And if that ever becomes a hassle, we can certainly hand-write our own return address.
You can try calling these charities to ask them to lower the frequency, but I suspect that your results will be uninspriing at best, and that it's easier to just tell them to take a hike.