Friday, February 3, 2012
Dear Passive Fundraisers
Dear Passive Fundraisers,
For Dear Son's preschool PTO this year, I am in charge of you, also known as 'those labels you cut to send to school'. These include Box Top Labels, Labels for Education, Coke Rewards, and Tyson's A+ (as well as empty ink cartridges for recycling). This is a way for these corporations to give back to our schools, and also a way for their products to shout, "Buy Me!" Here are my Top Ten Passive Fundraiser Insanity Highlights:
10. No matter how many times I tell Dear Husband which boxes NOT to throw away before I cut the $#@% labels, he never remembers. #maritalstress
9. I have a stack of recycled ink cartridges as tall as I sitting in my garage because I have been too lazy to find out what I'm supposed to do with them to get some cash for our school. #whensthelastdayofschool
8. Coke Rewards makes you type in a 14 digit/letter code from box packagings or bottle caps on its website to earn points for redeeming catalog items. #iwenttocollegeforthis
7. I must touch those sticky bottle caps that may have been recapped after someone drank from the bottle. #germalicious
6. Getting bags and bags of labels from preschool parents is like I'm going to preschool all over again. #endlesssortingactivity
5. I re-cut most labels because they look like canines/felines cut them out. #myocdatwork
4. Meeting a point-redemption deadline with hundreds of labels to glue onto gridded sheets is so much fun. #wannajoinme
3. I now have a love-hate relationship with products that have a 'label' on them. #tobuyornottobuy
2. The undeniable realization of how much work it requires to get how little back. #iamnotalone
1. To earn that extra 50 points on the Bonus Collection sheet, I will drive out to the store and buy the one missing product just to clip the label for it. #becauseimaSUCKA
And I'm sure that's when these corporations are smiling smugly at me, thinking: Yep! That's the point! But we still schlep along and do this, because who benefits? Our schools and our children. I guess that's when we parents turn a blind eye to this insanity and call it a symbiotic -- or mutually beneficial -- relationship with these corporations.
Is this what we are supposed to do, Passive Fundraisers, or am I just kidding myself?