Today (Wednesday), the British Red Cross sent me a small packet.
This packet includes 2 greeting cards with envelopes (free), 1 bookmark (free), and the most amazing of all, a pen (free). Of course, it also comes with a letter asking for donation.
Here is the dilemma: a FREE pen from the Red Cross, sent to me by post. Should I use the pen to sign a cheque or give out my direct debit details? Or, does it make me a very bad person if I use this pen to doodle? Or even worse still, what if I chuck the pen — since the pen is not my kind of pen. I prefer Japanese gel ink pen such as Uniball Signo, or Staedtler Triplus fineliner from Germany.
I tried to discuss my dilemma with my 12-year-old son. “Ben, do you think the British Red Cross should spend/waste their money and send everyone FREE pens and FREE cards? Do you think FREE pens will attract more donations for the Red Cross?” My son replied, “Mum, you asked the same questions last time. Why are you repeating yourself?”
Sometimes I just cannot get over things like that. Over a FREE pen.
The free cards I received added to my trauma. “The design featured on the front of this card has been taken from one of the panels from the Changi Quilt, made by women imprisoned in Singapore during the Second World War.” Perhaps I should send this card to my Singaporean friend Vera from To Dad With Love? Would she like that idea?
Because I don’t send enough cards, whenever I do send a card, I tend to send a reasonably nice one. I would make my own cards, or I would buy cards with an improved texture, a bit of layering and bling, a butterfly here and there, enhanced by a ribbon. However, the British Red Cross gave me these free plain cards to send to the people I love. I simply cannot do that to people. The quality of these cards is equivalent to those you get from a cheap card factory and I dare not send a card of this quality to my mother in law.
What should I do? I feel ungrateful for not liking my freebies today.
If I give a small donation, I can also get a Free Humanity Rose shopping bag from the British Red Cross. Another Free item!
Now, regarding my dilemma, I would like to ask what you would do if you’re showered with freebies by the Red Cross. Please kindly choose an answer and leave your comment to explain your choice.
Perhaps you can help me solve my dilemma.