Charities Phone to Ask for Donations

Australia
December 17, 2010 11:49pm CST
At this time of year my phone rings hot. Almost every time I pick up the phone I discover that the caller is a charity organisation wanting a donation, or asking me to sell tickets to my friends to raise money. I have 2 charities that I give to each year. I pay by credit card, because I am partially disabled and cannot walk to the local post office to post off cheques, and I cannot afford to get taxis everywhere. Two charities is all I can afford, since I have a tiny income. Do others receive calls from charities, or people selling things over the phone? How do you react when you get these calls? Are you angry and rude to them? Or, are you always polite?
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6 responses
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
12 Jan 11
I used to try to be polite but the situation became quite stressful. I put myself on the "do not call" register but I still get the occasional call. I'm also on a pension but I receive less than $250 a week as I'm not old enough for the senior's pension yet. I did have a little job a few years ago but that has ceased. I used to give to Greenpeace, WWF and the RSPCA. Animals cannot help themselves. I get calls mainly from the SES, Rural Volunteer Fire Services and the various helicopter services. It's hard to say no but I just don't have the money. I do volunteer driving within my community, so I do help. I'm not able to work and lack total mobility myself. Recently, as in this past 6 months I have received 2 calls from people trying to scam me with my computer, also 1 person claiming to be from Telstra. They were all bogus and trying to get me to part with personal info and money. The result is that now I'm rude....or I simply put the phone down and walk away and hang up an hour later. Hahahaha
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
19 Dec 10
hi cachalot I have been plagued but always say sorry I am in a retirement center and I have no extra money to spare, what little i have is already spoken for.most seem really nice about it too as some are doing this to actually get paid most are charity but some are not.Why be rude in this economy we are all in trouble so just be polite.
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
19 Dec 10
I really leery about anything like that to be honest with you. There have been a lot of things in the news about people posing as charities to scam others out of money. Which is a low down and rotten thing to do but it does in fact happen. However, if I am going to come to a charity, I'll donate to them. When I can but the funds are spread a bit thin this time a year.
@kodukodu84 (1576)
• Malaysia
19 Dec 10
No I never received calls from charities in my phone and no one ever call me because of selling something. The only thing that I receive on my phone from unknown number is a bunch of spam saying my number has won this and that, and also texts that are saying if I wanted a new games whatsoever, then reply to this number. I just ignored all of them and delete those messages straight away. Have a nice day
@shattered (1731)
• Philippines
18 Dec 10
It annoys me sometimes especially if I didn't sign up for it. I am always polite but my wife tells me I am dismissing sometimes. The problem is when you give to one charity they may give your contact details to others. I don't really trust charities and prefer to give to people I know who need help
@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
18 Dec 10
I actually got one of those phone calls last night. I can't remember which charity the money was going to though. Apparently they were selling tickets to see The Eagles in concert and all the proceed was going to this charity. Unfortunately, I don't know anyone who listens to them so I politely turned them down. I do have one that I donate to and that is for the firefighters. I can't afford a lot but I still make it a point to give since the area I live in is always plagued with forest fires in the summertime.