His take: I just won a spot on a charity mailing list | Opinion


Over the past two weeks I have received “Selected number selected” notifications. These are not from Publishers’ Clearing House but from various charities that I may or may not have heard of. For a small fee, $ 5 to $ 50, they’ll see if I’m the winner of $ 10,648.82 in their contest.

Most are from St. Louis, Mo. One was from the KIDD project. What is the KIDD project? I read the entire first page of the “letter” informing me of my supposed winnings and didn’t find out. Fortunately, on the back of the letter it says that KIDD is Kid Initiative to Defeat Diabetes. Little research indicates that this falls under the Defeat Diabetes Foundation in Madeira Beach, Fla., A group rated one in four stars by Charity Navigator, which says it spent $ 1,055,190 in 2014 to raise $ 1,957,609.

In the fine print, it indicates that a contribution or monetary gift will not improve my chances of winning. It also shows how I can enter the contest if I don’t donate. For some of these mailings, I just return the form. Others want my name, address, and ID number from their form on a three-by-five sheet. All say my odds of winning are 1 in 1,470,000.

Then there are two from the Healing Heroes Network. One from the Healing Heroes Network itself and a second from the Welcome Heroes Home, also from the Healing Heroes Network, which Charity Navigator has not reviewed or even heard of. Both of these forms have a “None” in the donation section, recognizing that not all of us want to be on another list of donation names. These two “prizes” are in St. Louis, Mo.

The price of the Healing Heroes Network is $ 10,371.56, while the price of Welcome Heroes Home is $ 10,675.29.

Another such contest is that of “A Child Forever”, a program of the Kids Wish Network. This contest is for a straight sum of $ 10,000. No funny extra numbers or dollars after the $ 10,000. He is also sent back to St. Louis, Mo.

The latest of the St. Louis fundraising contests is the Kids Wish Network’s $ 1,000,000 prize. A million cool. Yes! What could I do with it. Well, maybe not. After my 10 grandchildren’s school fees, I might have a hard time paying taxes on them.

Finally, there is a notification letter from “Kids Do Matter” of Merrifield, Va., Another one star group. They probably couldn’t get a box in St. Louis. This one is for $ 10,525.

To none of these wonderful opportunities have I donated a dime. I am not only a cheap old lady, but also wary. I feel like I won all of these great chances to get some money with a small donation so the band can add my name to their mailing list and maybe make some money selling it to others. others. If I am not a donor, they will not sell my name.

I like to participate in contests. I got this from my grandmother. She always participated in radio contests using the names of my mother, sister and myself. One of us has a pressure cooker. It went to my mother. I don’t think she’s ever used it. A lady from Perham in the late 1940s was using one, and it blew up in her face. My mother was no longer interested in it afterwards.

Competitions are good, but I feel like they are some kind of scam. We should all be wary of “winning”.

Jean M. Chapman is a founding member of the Pullman Civic Trust and was chair of the Whitman County Planning Commission for nine years.


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