What Would You Do?

December 8, 2007

A while ago I published a post asking if anyone would like to exchange Christmas cards.

Well, a couple of days ago I received this email:

Can you help me out with my Christmas Wish??

In recent years, my parents health (esp. my mother) has deteriorated. I recently moved 600 miles closer just to be with them. I fear this may be the last Christmas for one or both of them. They really LOVE Christmas cards! As I was rummaging through the attic to retrieve their Christmas decorations, I found Christmas cards they had received from 30 years ago. They throw NONE away. I was trying to think of something really special to do for them for Christmas and I came up with this idea. If you have the Christmas spirit, and want to do something nice for someone (who doesn’t?) - please take the time to send my parent’s a Christmas card. Christmas was always a magical time of year for our family and I truly want to make this magical for the both of them. Please! God Bless You and I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

My initial response was sympathy. I feel that everyone should be able to have a wonderful holiday season and if I can help make that happen then I’m more than willing to do it. But what if this is a scam? Although, I’m not sure how they would benefit from me sending a Christmas card. I don’t even have to put my return address on it.

What do you think? Would you send one?

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24 Comments on “What Would You Do?”


Gattina said:

I didn’t think about a spam, but you are right. It’s realy difficult to say. Anyway I don’t send any Christmas cards since a few years. I send personalized emails and those who don’t have a computer I just call. At least then we can tell each other what happened during the whole year !


Renee said:

I would check it out on http://www.snopes.com first to see if it is legit or even still working if it was legit at one point. Remember the request for all those get well cards (to break a world record) for that cancer patient a while back that still kept coming after the patient had died?

Course I don’t see any harm in sending a card anyway either. Like you said you don’t have to put the return address on it.

Renee’s last blog post..Christmas meme


-tnchick said:

I use a PO Box so the address really isn’t an issuefor me… you can send it without an address and what harm would that be?

-tnchick’s last blog post..PhotoHunt 87: Long

December 8, 2007
12:34 pm

Baby Advice said:

Hmmm that’s a hard one. Honestly I didn’t think of spam. I would probably send one and just not put a return address on it.

December 8, 2007
12:42 pm

Wendy said:

I agree with Renee. Check out snopes! They have all the latest scams and their many versions!


Rach (Heart of Rachel) said:

It’s a touching letter but I understand your concern. Sometimes, it’s hard to tell genuine ones from spammers but like what you said, one may send a card without a return address to make sure.

Rach (Heart of Rachel)’s last blog post..Thursday Thirteen #3


Melissa Markham said:

I would just send the card without a return address. There’s no money involved, no mention of trying to make some kind of record, just wanting to do a kindness for her parents.


Melli said:

I wouldn’t even concern myself with “scam” - like you said - You DON’T have to put a return address on it. It’s the cost of ONE Christmas card and ONE stamp - no big deal for sure. I would definitely send it. If these people sent you a real address for their family, they must really want cards badly. (to share THAT info with a perfect stranger is crazy to say the least) - but even if it’s a false address, it would be no worse than accidentally throwing a dollar in the garbage. And if it IS real, you’ve helped make someone’s day! Small price…

Melli’s last blog post..Knocking My Head Against The Wall…


Lissete said:

I agree with everyone. I would send one too. It doesn’t cost much to send one plus you asked to exchange and they just responded. Which, by the way, I just got your card and I love it! Takes me back to my recent visit. Thanks you!

Now, I wouldn’t have included my whole story though, so who knows? Maybe just fishin’ for more than a card? Anhoo, just pop another one in the mail w/o a return address.


Desert Songbird said:

Was this an e-mail sent to you personally, or is one of those “forwarded” e-mails? If it’s a forward, I would check out it’s validity on snopes.com to see if it’s a scam.

I’m just a suspicious type, I guess.

Desert Songbird’s last blog post..Fast Friday Fa La Las


Write From Karen said:

Desert Songbird brings up a good point - if it’s forwarded I’d check it out, like everyone suggested. If legit, I’d send one minus the return address.

I was more impressed by the fact that everything was spelled correctly. That’s always a sure sign of something fishy when the spelling/grammar is way off base.

Isn’t it a shame that we can’t tell the real pleas for help from the spammers? *shakes head*


Briggie said:

What would Jesus do? Your first thought was that of sympathy, I say go with your heart. I got your card the other day, thank you, I love it and my family was amazed that we got a card from Hawaii! Yours is on the way. Thanks and God bless you and your family.

Briggie ^i^

if you could email me their address, I’d like to send them a card!

Briggie’s last blog post..The Rope


Cathi said:

When I started reading your post I thought you were talking about your parents and I immediately wanted to send a card. Definately send a card if it is a friend of a friend of a friend but don’t include your last name or address. Describe yourself a bit for the entertainment of the people who get the card. I suppose this would be good for a perfect stranger also as they won’t have any particulars on you. Go for it. It may make someones day.

Cathi’s last blog post..Photo Hunt - Long


Corrie said:

Well, I suppose if you want to assuage any suspiscions, you could always put the address into Google Earth and see if it seems legit.

Or…you could just send a card w/no return address and sign it “A Friend” (because they do have your email) and then if it turns out to be something else, they won’t be contacting you for more (like money or something). These kinds of things are always hard. But I think it’s very thoughtful of you to want to send a card.

Corrie’s last blog post..The Law of the Car

December 9, 2007
12:14 am

witchypoo said:

Why not send a card to the troops overseas?
I know that this time of year is so lonely for them.

witchypoo’s last blog post..Lies Their Mother Told Them


Pamela said:

I delete most e’s that I don’t recognize the sender.

This would be harmless without a return address… plus cost of card and stamp.


Kila said:

Sure, I would send one! It’s just one card and one stamp, and we don’t have to include our last names and addresses, etc., so I don’t see any harm in it.

Kila’s last blog post..Grandma came to watch basketball…

December 9, 2007
10:04 am

Houston Real Estate said:

I woudn’t mind sending one. It would just take some minute and some penny to do it.

December 9, 2007
10:05 am

Houston Real Estate said:

I woudn’t mind sending one. It would just take some minute and some penny to do it.

Doing this simple thing can provide happiness that you can’t buy.


Kym said:

I think that sending them a card is a good idea. Worste case you are out a buck or 2. Best case you make an older couple and there Child smile.

Kym’s last blog post..Craft fair and new cookbook


Jennifer said:

My initial reaction wasn’t a scam either! If it were me, I would send a card & just not put a return address on it!

Jennifer’s last blog post..Friday Feast


Jessica K said:

I thought scam as well, but like you said, you don’t have to include your address or anything. I would probably want to send it, but my hubby probably wouldn’t let me! He’s much more suspicious of people than I am.

Jessica K’s last blog post..Uncle Penpal


Sparky Duck said:

eh, whats another card in the mail?

Sparky Duck’s last blog post..Poetry Train Meets Christmas Express


matt said:

Unfortunately, there is a scam at every corner. I feel bad, but at the same time, I can’t risk it.

matt’s last blog post..“Tug of War”

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