Charitable donations benefit telemarketers

Source: David Evans - The Washington Post

Carol Patterson was waiting for a call from her doctor. When the phone rang on that afternoon in August 2011 at her home in Cortland, Ohio, it wasn’t a physician on the other end. A woman named Robin said she was representing the American Diabetes Association. Robin didn’t ask for money. She asked Patterson to stamp and mail fundraising letters to 15 neighbors. Both of Patterson’s parents and one grandmother had been diabetic, so she agreed to do it. “I thought since it does run in the family, it wouldn’t hurt for me to help,” says Patterson, 64, a retired schoolteacher. She guessed, based on what she knew about charity fundraising, that 70 to 80 percent of the money she brought in would be used for diabetes research.

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