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How to Stop Red Cross Junk Mail

July 14, 2022

The American Red Cross is a well known non-profit organization that many U.S. households have supported. However, despite its notable work, the Red Cross also has a strong tendency to send out lots of direct marketing mail to prospective donors.   

So, how do you stop receiving Red Cross junk mail? 

The good news is, getting off the Red Cross mailing list is fairly simple, and there are also some extra steps you can take to make sure you stay off its mailing list going forward. 

What type of mail does the Red Cross send? 

The Red Cross relies largely on fundraising to support its initiatives. If you’ve been a Red Cross donor in the past, you likely receive solicitations about news or events of interest. 

However, the Red Cross also sends promotional missives—which can qualify as junk mail—that includes brochures, promotions, catalogs, or membership offers.  

How do I unsubscribe from the Red Cross mailing list?  

Like many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that send out marketing mailings, you do have the option to opt out of Red Cross mailings quite easily. 

According to the official privacy policy, you can unsubscribe from American Red Cross phone calls, emails, text messages, or direct mail simply by emailing them directly. Depending on what category you fall into as a donor, the respective emails are below.

To unsubscribe for financial donors: 

To unsubscribe for blood donors:

How long will it take to stop receiving mail from the Red Cross? 

While the Red Cross doesn’t provide a specific timeframe for how long their formal opt-out process takes, we estimate it could take up to 6 weeks to take effect.

Keep in mind, you’ll likely receive more marketing mail from the Red Cross during that time.

What if I keep receiving marketing material from the Red Cross? 

As stated above, your request won’t take immediate effect. But, if you’ve opted out and still receive junk mail from the Red Cross after 6 weeks, take the following steps: 

  • Don’t open any new mail from the Red Cross. Write “Refused: Return to Sender” on any parcels and put them back in the mail. 
  • Make a formal complaint to the Red Cross. Follow the instructions provided on the website to file the complaint with their customer service department

How can I stay off the Red Cross’s mailing list for good? 

To stay off the Red Cross mailing list, you first need to make sure not to consent to receive any future marketing if or when you interact with the organization. 

Furthermore, you should be aware that formally unsubscribing from the Red Cross mailing list may not guarantee that you won’t receive junk mail from them in the future. 

The reason for this is many non-profit organizations acquire marketing data via third-party intermediaries called data brokers. This transaction is what leads to increased junk mail or spam calls, and can open recipients like you up to greater risks of fraud. 

To stop getting unwanted spam permanently, your personal information on the hundreds of data-broker databases needs to be formally deleted—from each and every one.

Now, unfortunately it can be confusing to know where to start this process. It’s extremely tedious, and without strict monitoring, your information often gets relisted. 

Get help removing and managing your information on data-broker platforms with DeleteMe. For only $10.75 a month, we process all opt-out requests on your behalf and continue to make sure your information remains off these sites once and for all. 
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Will Simonds runs Senior Marketing Operations at DeleteMe, and is a steadfast privacy advocate who has a resolute dedication to online privacy solutions and helping people regain their privacy. …

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