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July 24, 2012 - Heather Ziegler
Anyone of my age (over 50) who has taken care of an older relative or whose older family member has passed away might share my frustration not to mention grief. Let me explain. It's been more than a year since my mother-in-law died. She was a lovely woman who, despite having a meager income, supported several charities and sometimes ordered magazines to help out a cause. After she died, her mail was forwarded to our home until all the bills and other responsibilities were resolved. But even my best efforts to stop some of the junk mail have failed. There are the veterans, police, health and religious organizations, and save the animal causes that continue to inundate our mailbox with solicitations. We nearly burn up the shredder with all this nuisance mail. I have sent countless mailings back to their sources with a note marked "deceased" across the name and address. Some of these mailings contain "free" items such as address labels (for someone no longer living), notepads, greeting cards and even money. I try to always return the nickles to those charities who send them, but it can get expensive without free return postage. Making this doubly troublesome is that many of these solicitations are duplicates that are mailed to me, my husband and even our grown son, too. We choose the charities we wish to support without ever looking at the mail so much of this stuff we don't even open. I know many charities (some reputable and some not) use the mailbox to get our attention, but when a person can no longer give or just isn't around anymore, how can you stop the rush of junk mail? Any suggestions?
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