I Apologize

Too many people are asking for too many donations
from too many citizens with too little income. Above my article is a picture of
the pile of letters asking for donations which I have received in January and
February. All of these requests represent worthy causes, causes I would be
happy to make a donation to if I could. What is so disheartening is how few
organizations I can actually afford to make donations to.
All it takes to get on someone’s mailing list is to
give to any affiliated group, and the connections between groups are almost
impossible to trace. If you give a few dollars to a few political action
groups, you are suddenly swamped by anyone with even the most tenuous
relationship to the Party of your choice.
Giving dollars to charities also causes your mailbox
to bulge with letters, envelopes, free things like address labels, fancy
stationery, free book marks, pens, nickels, dimes, not just once a year but
every month, over and over again. No one ever sends us money. Beyond these
inexpensive freebees there are no surprises.
One advantage of this deluge is that, hopefully, it
helps keep the post office in business. I haven’t heard people threatening
lately to close down the US Postal Service, although they might just be waiting
until after the election to continue the campaign to close up an American
institution that people actually like.
The sheer bulk of the mail perhaps has the added
advantage of producing more than enough donation money to offset all that is
spent on the packets to solicit the donations.
I have trouble throwing this mail away. I set it
aside thinking that perhaps I will be able to squeeze out of my budget a small
donation for each group, until several months go by and I reluctantly toss the
lot. I am just venting and sharing the guilt I feel about being unable to
contribute and yet harvesting those address labels and nickels and dimes. I
have invented a new rationalization. When I use those address labels it is as
if I am advertising for the group that sent them. Should we feel guilty about
accepting a totally unsolicited free gift? Probably not, but I believe we
receive the free gift so that we will feel guilty enough about keeping it to
make a donation.
Please accept my apologies for not answering all
your pleas. Keep the mail coming because I might be more affluent one day, and
because of the post office thing.

By Nancy Brisson

All in the Kitchen/the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society

I don’t usually do posts about great small business or charities, although either of these would make a really good topic for a blog, but I am going to make an exception and talk about both a small business and a charity. My sister’s BFF Helen lost her sister-in-law to a blood cancer. The blood cancers, Leukemia and Lymphoma are insidious diseases which are very difficult to fight. Debbie Heindorf, Helen’s sister-in-law put up an incredible fight and did it with grace and humor. She got to enjoy brief remissions and when she wasn’t feeling too ill she continued to live her life well and enjoy her friends and family. In short, she was exactly one of those heroic people we hear about these days who refuse to give in to adversity. Now Debbie is gone and her friends and family want to continue to fight the disease that Debbie fought for so long.
The charity is called The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and they have a website. You could just go there and make a donation either in Debbie’s name or not.  Or you can go to the All In The Kitchen website, buy yourself something wonderful for your kitchen and mention Debbie Heindorf’s name because the proprietor has agreed to give 15% of total sales to the LLS for the Light the Night Walk in Debbie’s name.
Saturday, June 2nd – Shop for Leukemia & Lymphoma – Each year, in communities all across the United States and Canada teams of families, friends, co-workers and local and national corporations come together to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS’s) Light The Night Walk events and bring help and hope to people battling blood cancers. On June 2nd, 15% of our total sales both in the store and online will be donated to the society in memory of Debbie Heindorf.
This is a very generous thing for the owner of a small business to do. I visited All in The Kitchen recently and I plan to return. Everything you might need for your kitchen is in there. Here’s what I purchased:

I could definitely enjoy shopping here once a month to buy some new kitchen aid that I have wanted for years but keep forgetting to buy, or replacing something that has given its all and is ready to retire. Shop for Debbie before or on June 2nd and then go back and shop to help this small business succeed for this nice shop owner who has done this generous thing.

Christine Wimmer and her boyfriend, Ryan Cameron own the store which is in the Sugarland Plaza, 7575 Buckley Road, No. Syr., NY 13212. The store is open M-F from 9am to 7pm and Sat. from 9am – 5pm
Here’s a picture of Christine Wimmer from the local newspaper.

You can also place an on-line order with this store.

My Disclaimer: I have no connection to this charity and I will not collect any money for myself from this post.