American Red Cross, please stop calling me!

We're having a blood drive at work today. I unfortunately will not be participating today, or ever again, because the American Red Cross refuses to stop calling me.

This is a strange predicament for me because I've been a fairly loyal donor for about 15 years. But due to the Red Cross' refusal to remove me from its calling list, I'm really not that interested in donating again.

Just to be clear, I've asked not once, not twice, not three times, not four times, not five times, not six times, not seven times but eight times to be removed from the list. After the fifth request, I began explaining to the caller that I would stop donating if I were ever called again. Since the last (eighth) time I threatened to stop donating, which was last week, I've received two voice mails "thanking" me for my donation and asking for more.

Of course, I gave the Red Cross the benefit of the doubt the first couple of times because I understand the importance of the charity and the need to make some phone calls. But I don't understand the importance of treating people who give you stuff so terribly.

If you're wondering how many calls I receive: It's a lot. The most I received in one week was eight. The most I've received in a day in three. I can't easily ignore them because they come from 888 and unknown numbers.

Sometimes, they leave a message, and sometimes they don't. Sometimes they call right back. Sometimes they call at 9 p.m. ... and sometimes they call at 7 a.m., even when I'm on the West Coast.

Surely I'm not the only one they do this too, right? Yes, I have O positive blood, which is a universal donor, and is one of the main reasons I've given a couple of times a year for so long.

But until I receive no calls from them for an entire year, they can just cross me off the list.