My friend emailed to say she had intended to wish me ‘Happy New Year,’ but she was upset I didn’t respond to her email requesting a charitable donation

My friend emailed to say she had intended to wish me 'Happy New Year,' but she was upset I didn't respond to her email requesting a charitable donation

Dear Quentin,

My “friend” sent a donation request at Christmastime to a charity of which she is the president.  

I get a lot of requests for donations this time of year, and I tend to support organizations that provide service in my community or that I get direct benefit from, so I ignored the request.

Yesterday, I received an email saying she was going to call and wish me a Happy New Year, but decided not to since I did not respond to her donation email.

She’s always been a close friend, and extended family member. We’ve never had the slightest discourse in the past. Should I bite my lip and send a token donation, or tell her how I really feel, and risk losing a good friend?

John in Palm Springs

Dear John,

Happy New Year! It does feel good to say it, because it’s nice to make…

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