Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Make-A-Wish Hoax

Man, I've been getting these letters in all week at the office. People just forward this on and don't even think twice about it. Well, before I forwarded one with my card, I did some research on it. Here's the letter and the website that I found:

Dear Office Manager,
The Make-A-Wish Foundation through DRS Gelder Davis and Roberts & Attorney Keven Jursinki have asked us to participate in a request that a business card from your company be sent to Craig Shepard at the following address:
Craig is 7 years old and has a brain tumor and has very little time to live. He contacted Make-A-Wish expressing his desire to have an entry in the guinness book of world records for the most business cards. We are proud to be a part of Craig's wish. Please submit only one card from your company then retype this letter on your letterhead and send it to 20 businesses of your choice. Time is of the essence.

Here's the link I found:
The Make-A-Wish Foundation Does Not Participate in Chain Letter or Other Direct Solicitation Wishes
Each day, the Make-A-Wish Foundation chapters are inundated with hundreds of inquiries regarding chain letters claiming to be associated with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. As a matter of policy, Make-A-Wish does not conduct these types of wishes--including Internet and e-mail requests. Below are the chain letters currently circulating around the world:
Craig Shergold or Craig Sheppard
In 1989, a then 9-year-old boy named Craig Shergold wanted to be recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records for receiving the most greeting cards. His wish was granted by another wish-granting organization not associated with Make-A-Wish.
His wish was fulfilled in 1990 after receiving more than 16 million cards. Craig is now a healthy college student, and he has requested an end to the mail.
This chain letter may have many variations on the name and may ask for greeting cards or business cards. Mail that is received is forwarded to a recycling center.

All of those business cards just sent to be recycled...

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