Lately I’ve been receiving gifts (a personalized rosary and case, a wooden Sacred Heart Cross, a Guardian Angel Medal, personalized Holy card) from Catholic orgs I’ve never heard of. The letter asks for financial help and then usually says something like “Keep this gift as a reminder of your generosity/charity.”
That is sneaky behaviour.
I can’t help but feeling guilt in getting these as I cannot afford to send them anything.
Any time a person is willing to give in order to get, there is no reason to assume they are in need. Don't feel guilt.
Whatever you receive for free is not materially worth anything and only valuable as a sacramental if blessed.
I don’t even know how they got my info.
One organisation must have obtained it and spread it around.
What would you do?
I'd put the stuff in my "stuff to give away/donate" box and chuck the letter. If it persists, I may contact them to tell them to cease sending me stuff.
I thought about giving them away but two of them are personalized and I don’t know any one else with my name. I wouldn’t feel as bad if it were one or two but I’ve gotten four in the last month.
You are exactly the sort of person they are targeting. They hit every spot...you feel guilty for not sending things, you feel attached to what they sent you, etc.
If you do not want to keep it, dismantle it and discard it.
If you do not want to throw them out, and if rosaries have your name on them, you can send them to me and I'd remove that piece and put in a replacement and donate the rosary to people in need. Or you could remove it and send me the remainder and I'd make a full rosary out of the pieces.