I'm used to seeing retired folks or little kids ringing bells in supermarkets this time of year to collect money for the Salvation Army, but this is the first time I can remember getting a direct mail piece. It came to my work address, which makes me wonder who's been selling names to charities. They included a little credit-card-sized 2004 calendar; charities have discovered that response rates are much higher if they give you some cheap little gift (greeting cards, bookmarks, ribbons, pins, calendars) while asking you for money.
I'm always tossing money in the little red kettles, so I think I'll stick to that.
Vaguely planning to give blood this afternoon. Should've worn something other than a new, white, long-sleeve t-shirt today!