As soon as November comes around, the number of charity fund-raising begging-letters that drop through the letter box increases by 100-fold. They flood in.
I don't support as many charities as I'd like to, but we do have two favourites. Me, Medecins Sans Frontieres, and Lady Magnon, The Red Cross.
I have nothing against 'begging-letters' coming through the post; they mostly end up in the recycling bin. What I do object to is how they all get hold of both my home address and my Email address.
I have to presume that the charities we do sponsor are selling our details to others as a 'decent bet'; and that I really, really, don't like.
Many years ago I followed my mother's example and donated to Amnesty (later Amnesty International). One day I received a letter proudly saying that they'd sent 5 employees to somewhere in the USA to demonstrate outside a prison against some nasty murderer's death sentence. The man involved was the worst sort of torturer serial-killer and all-round nasty individual that one could possibly imagine, and had certainly sacrificed his right to life. He had murdered about 13 women, some of whom he had dismembered alive; he was a total monster.
I did a rough calculation of the cost of flights, hotel accommodation, lunches, travel, etc, and came to the conclusion that my annual gift of £100 would have had to be matched by several hundred other donors to pay for their 'jolly'; and for absolutely no logical reason. I was furious.
I wrote to the then Director (a Lord someone-or-other) and gave him a piece of my mind, as well as saying that he'd had my final donation. Such behaviour gives a bad name to other more worthy charities.
I wonder how many people are swayed by postal or TV appeals? I am not; yet they flood in by the dozen at this time of year, and 'on a daily basis. I'm sorry to say that they now go (mostly unopened) directly into the Paper Recycling Bin.
I only have to presume that the huge cost of such campaigns is outweighed by the donations they receive.
p.s. If you're looking for a really worthy charity, why not try Orbis International. They treat eye problems worldwide. Have a look at their web page.