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Covenant House
September 29, 2011

Okay, I'm glad to see that Cov. House does such good work, but I can't support an organization that sends me, unsolicited, a package containing x-mas cards with envelopes, a pen, address labels, x-mas stickers, and a little paper gift bag. These items cost money and waste resources, and are clearly aimed at making me feel obliged to reciprocate, in cash. I send thousands of dollars to charities every year, and I am especially interested in operations, like Covenant House, that deal directly with persons in need. But I feel more comfortable supporting organizations that solicit donations in a straightforward manner. Address labels and other gimmicks are just that -- gimmicks; a worthwhile cause should speak for itself.

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I received a package soliciting donations.

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Use fundraising solicitations as an opportunity to show prospective donors the importance of Covenant House, its successes, and its need for funds. Discontinue the practice of mailing address labels and other items.

General Member of the Public & I didn't send any money to Covenant House.

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