Grafton County Senior Citizens Council

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Bethlehem, NH

#1 Aug 6, 2012
The other day my senior relative received a faux-bill aka "memorandum" from the Grafton County Senior Citizens Council regarding their free meal delivery. The letter is titled in bold print

MEMORANDUM

To: Person A (no last name)
From: Person B (no last name given)
Re: Your home delivered meals in the month of JULY

We are so pleased that you have benefited from our home deivered meals program. This is a service we have offered for many years, and it has helped to make sure that people in our community receive a daily nutritious meal along with a daily check-in from a volunteer or staff member.

We encourage donations for the meals we deliver.

Over the month of JULY we delivered 15 meals to you. We ask that you consider a donation of $3 per meal. We welcome donations of any amount. At the requested donation amount, your requested donation would total $45.

Please note: THIS IS NOT A BILL

Please enclose your donation in the attached envelope, which can be mailed to your local Senior Center.

There are about 13 different Senior Center phone numbers listed on the left-hand side of the letter, as well as an address for the Senior Citizens Council on the top of the page. Am I supposed to "assume" that "Carol-somebody" belongs to one of the 14 different contacts listed? Which one? Its nice that they "encourage" "donations", but its another thing to send out faux-bills and passively aggressively force themselves on low-income seniors that can't afford what they're asking. That's like me saying "I'll give you $50 for free, you don't have to pay it back." Then turning around next month and say "Well, whatever you can give me would be great, because I really did want my money back. I was just being "nice" when I said I didn't." This is NOT the first time my relative has gotten such a "letter". This is the second one in probably 4 months.

Has anyone else noticed this or had this problem with this organization? I'm curious. My relative was kind of put off by it because they seriously can't afford it. The relatives exact words were "It's like they're trying to make you feel guilty if you don't pay. Why else would they keep sending it if its not a bill? I feel like I should tell I don't want it anymore." How sad!

Any insight from others would be appreciated. Thank you.
Sherry

Bethlehem, NH

#2 Aug 11, 2012
Why would they say 3 different times in the letter that they want a donation if they don't want any money. That IS kind of lame. They are really pushing to get the money!!!
Candice

Bethlehem, NH

#3 Dec 8, 2012
I don't know about the "fake bill" but I do know my grandmother is getting MAD as a hornet because this one woman that delivers meals keeps turning around on my grandmother's lawn. She doesn't want to back down the short driveway into the road like other normal people do. It's digging ruts on the lawn! FYI: The lawn is NOT part of the DRIVEWAY!! If she doesn't want to back out into the road, she should learn to drive properly and back up INTO the driveway so she can just pull out. But wait, she probably can't do that either because she doesn't know how to use her side mirrors! I backed out into the road from the same driveway last weekend with zero issues. I know it can be done!

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