Welfare Dept Letter Excerpts

The following are excerpts from actual letters received by the welfare department of an unnamed state. I am forwarding my marriage certificate and six children. I had seven but one died which was baptized on half a sheet of paper. I am writing the Welfare Department to say that my baby was born two years old. When do I get my money? Mrs. Jackson has not had any clothes for a year and has been visited regularly by the clergy. I cannot get sick pay, I have six children. Can you tell me why? I am glad to report that my husband who is missing is dead. This is my eighth child. What are you going to do about it? Please find for certain if my husband is dead. The man I am now living with cant eat or do anything until he knows. I am very much annoyed to find you have branded my son illegitimate. This is a dirty lie, as I was married a week before he was born. In answer to your letter, I have given birth to a boy weighing 10 pounds. I hope this is satisfactory. I am forwarding my marriage certificate and my three children, one of which is a mistake, as you can see. My husband got his project cut off two weeks ago and I havent had any relief since. Unless I get my husbands money pretty soon, I will be forced to lead an immortal life. You have changed my boy to a girl. Will this make any difference? I have no children as yet as my husband is a truck driver and works day and night. In accordance with your instructions, I have given birth to twins in the enclosed envelope. I want money as quick as I can get it. I have been in bed with the doctor for two weeks and he doesnt do me any good. If things dont improve, I will have to send for another doctor.

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