Kids write to Santa for basic needs instead of toys this year

We keep hearing that the economy is better but the U.S. Postal Service is reporting that more and more kids are asking Santa for basic needs for their families instead of toys.

From USA Today (read the fully story for all the heartbreaking examples):

U.S. Postal Service workers who handle letters addressed to Santa at the North Pole say more letters ask for basics — coats, socks and shoes — rather than Barbie dolls, video games and computers.”

“At New York City’s main post office, Head Elf Pete Fontana and 22 staff elves will sort 2 million letters in Operation Santa, which connects needy children with “Secret Santas” who answer their wishes.”

“Fontana, a customer relations coordinator for the Postal Service, has been head elf for 15 years.”

” ‘The need is greater this year than I’ve ever seen it,’ he says. ‘One little girl didn’t want anything for herself. She wanted a winter coat for her mother.’ ”

“At more than 20 post offices, workers log every letter, black out identifying information except first name and age, and ask the public to respond. Lobby displays promote the program. People return with gifts and letters, which carriers deliver.”

USA Today’s site features a map of participating locations but it doesn’t look like any Georgia post offices are helping with the program. South Carolina and Florida are.

Some options for Georgia donations to help kids are the Salvation Army or Toys for Tots.

What do you make of this story? It’s so sad but yet also wonderful that these children are so selfless asking for help for their families.

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Mom3Boys

December 15th, 2010
6:36 am

For so many families w/ at least one parent unemployed, this is a sad reality. My son started his email to me “…if we’re having Christmas, this is what I’d like…” My neighbor told me he’d be buying his girls food for Christmas. It’s really bad out there.
Just to reiterate what the AJC has already published, this Saturday at 1 PM, 12Stone Church is giving away Honeybaked Hams and a week’s grocery gift cards at Coolray field (GBraves Stadium)to unemployed families of Gwinnett. It’s first come, first serve, and when it’s gone, it’s gone. Hopefully people will be honest and only come by if they are unemployed.

shaggy

December 15th, 2010
7:33 am

“Last night I saw a cowgirl. She was floatin’ across the ceiling. And last night I saw a naked cowgirl. She was floatin’ across the ceiling. ”
I can’t wait for Christmas Eve…Santa gets a special gift from Mrs. Claus.

motherjanegoose

December 15th, 2010
7:34 am

@Mom3boys….12 Stone also co ordinated a massive food drive on Halloween night. We are about 5 miles from them. They passed out empty bags ( in neighborhoords) prior and during trick or treat…they came back by to pick them up. My daughter has a friend who attends that church and she told her they picked up 60,000 cans in 2009. My daughter wanted to help pick up food but she had to work that night. I am impressed with their outreach.

I want to go to Publix and get BOGO items to bring to the Lawrenceville Coop. Maybe tomorrow.

I am very sad for children who do not even get one toy or someone who perhaps does not get to eat a warm Christmas meal . Then there is the child who put this request on our church angel tree
“Justin Bieber ( sp?) concert tickets”…me thinks that could equal a lot of toys or a nice meal for many to share.

re: Hopefully people will be honest and only come by if they are unemployed.

Sad but there are always dishonest folks, just as there are rude and selfish people too. It does not matter if this is Christmas. On the flip side, I have seen and met some absolutely wonderful people who truly have a heart of gold. That is the Christmas spirit…love, kindness and giving.

motherjanegoose

December 15th, 2010
7:57 am

This is kind of interesting and discusses why children do not need all the new fangled expensive toys they are now asking for but need to go outside and play with something simple…say a ball or a hoola ( sp?) hoop:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=19212514

Mom3Boys

December 15th, 2010
8:05 am

@motherjanegoose: you are right; some churches in our area really “get it,” as far as taking care of those that need some help. This outreach is to “feed 5000″ unemployed families. To be honest, with my husband out of work, it was nice to receive the funds for a week’s worth of groceries…frees up some money for bills and other expenses.
I am sad when children go without gifts at Christmas. Some people are too embarassed or proud to ask for help, while others try to bilk the system…we need to all look around and see who we can help.

JJ

December 15th, 2010
8:45 am

Wow, can a struggling single parent go?

mom of 3

December 15th, 2010
8:55 am

It might not be warm food but you can buy a case of vienna sausages at Walmart for less than 20 dollars and how many of us spend that on Starbucks weekly. They also have sock caps for 1.50 each and some fleece blankets 2 for 5 dollars. It’s not much but it could it’s something. Help someone with what you can this Christmas. I bet if you looked closely down your street you would see someone not working and living on less than they ever have before.

JATL

December 15th, 2010
9:46 am

Well, I think they are probably seeing more requests for basics this year, but needy kids have always asked Santa for this stuff. For years many of the items I’ve gotten off of Angel Trees and wish lists I’ve received through charitable organizations ask for coats, gloves, underwear and shoes. Let’s face it -if you’re freezing, Barbie isn’t as exciting as a pair of mittens or a warm coat! It’s really sad, but it’s a fact of life for a lot of kids.

This is the 2nd year we’ve adopted several kids from a local preschool where 98% of the children are extremely poor. A lovely lady in our community coordinates this effort and it’s a great thing to know we’ve all made the holidays a lot brighter for a lot of kids. Their wish lists are split 50-50 for clothes/shoes and toys. The toys are not extravagant either! They also aren’t very specific. You see items like, “Spiderman,” “books” or “art supplies.” Clothing is “coat” or “shoes -size 12.” No one is asking for Nikes or name brand stuff. No fancy electronics make the lists. The most expensive items asked for are coats, bikes and basketball hoops.

I endeavor to take my 2 and 4 year old on our shopping trips for these kids so they’ll understand charitable giving and that others have far less than they do. Of course they’re really young, but the 4 year old REALLY got into it this year. He asked me why they didn’t say more about what they wanted (his list is quite detailed), and I explained to him that when you don’t have much, you’re not as picky -you just need something warm or something to play with or read.

I wish Georgia post offices had done this. There are plenty of needy kids and families in this state right now.

Techmom

December 15th, 2010
9:51 am

Foreclosure notices are at the highest & unemployment is in the double digits. I’d still like to know who “they” are that have determined this recession is over. Or maybe we just need a new definition.

Mom3Boys

December 15th, 2010
10:00 am

@JJ: Each church determines how they will address benevolence at Christmas. Each year my church focuses on a particular group. Last year was single moms. This year it happens to be the unemployed. Honestly it was nice that someone recognized that families who have always worked hard to provide for themselves, paid taxes, helped others, etc…actually could use some help…it was a blessing for our family, as I hope it is to the other 5000+ unemployed families that will benefit from this outreach this year.

bunch of yentas

December 15th, 2010
10:01 am

Welcome to the new normal.

If it gets bad enough, and the middle class is squeezed enough, then people will begin to simply take what they need from those who have more than they need.

But we are a long way from that yet.

FCM

December 15th, 2010
10:34 am

It is heartbreak and yet everywhere I turn it seems I am asked to help. The question I keep coming to is when have you done your share? When is it ok to say “not” this time?

We did a feed the hungry for Thanksgiving, Toys for Tots for Christmas, and now a Coat Drive here at the office, plus United Way. (Yes I did contribute).

The daycare and school both have Angel Trees…we got one little boyssome new sneakers for that one.

The Church had Community Action Center love offering at a service, they did a toy drive for the school they connect with, the youth are doing a shoebox of toilitries for the homeless.

That is all in addition to my own two getting things under the tree (they won’t like it but much of it is clothes).

Is it wrong for me to feel that I have done my part? Should I total blow my budget (which is already stretched) to help my neighbor? Jesus told the man “sell everything you have and give it away”…am I really supposed to do that?

Mrs. G

December 15th, 2010
10:50 am

My mom said that my 11-year-old brother asked for three things for Christmas: Something related to his Xbox, a Lego game, and food to give to the food bank. So, they went to Costco a couple of weeks ago and bought a lot of non-perishable food and then went to the food bank and dropped it off. I was proud of him for asking for such a thing, knowing that the money my parents spent on the food would replace gifts that they would have given him. It’s nice to know that he realizes that not everyone is as fortunate as he is and that he is so generous.

Betty

December 15th, 2010
10:52 am

@FCM—I see your point. We, too are giving to many organizations this year because we are fortunate enough to do so and I’m getting the kids involved as a good lesson to them as well. I think what some of the Post Offices have done is great but it also seems that they have enough on their plate this season and there are other groups better organized to step in and help out kids in need.

Maybe I’m more aware of it this year, and certainly there is more in need than other years, but I’ve been “rounding up” for one organization at the grocery store, I’ve been noticing (and contributing) to Toys for Tots –the collection bins seem to be everywhere this year, I was even asked to donate toys when I checked out at the dollar store the other day (and I don’t even remember which organization was receiving them). I also contribute to Salvation Army and others. But I wonder how organized and coordinated the efforts are. Certainly some groups are better organized than others. But there is one group we’re filling wish lists for that have submitted the same lists to several different organizations.

I really believe there is a lot of good will all around us and many, many people are stepping up to help those who are in need this year, but at some point you have to manage your own finances and decide you’ve done enough. And also hope that your gifts are getting to the people who truly need them and are spread out so that it reaches all the different groups who are in need.

mom of 3

December 15th, 2010
11:03 am

My dad worked at a Post Office in this area of Georgia. They did do this but it was mainly the employees families that helped with the lists.
As far as when do you say I have given enough. I don’t think you ever do. You are shopping and get a BOGO, your kids outgrow clothing, you put a scarf or gloves in the closet because they are ugly, don’t match your coat or you just don’t need them. Giving doesn’t have to cost you money, it can by recycled merchandise in your own home. Toys that they wouldn’t even miss if they weren’t there. Old sleeping bags or tents you don’t ever intend on using again – the homeless would love a tent. An old backpack. You would be surprised what can be used by agencies if you just donate. Don’t think I can only drop off a box of cereal today – that’s not worth the stop – it is to that child who needs it for breakfast in the morning. Giving doesn’t always have to be new stuff or money. I bet there is something in all our homes today we could do without and never miss but bring someone else warmth, joy or a meal. Look around.

JATL

December 15th, 2010
11:25 am

@FCM -I agree, the pleas are many! Because of the charity I mentioned above and the fact that my family adopts a child and fills his/her entire list PLUS I asked for 6 extras this year and got people at our church and my husband’s office to donate (and we filled the gaps) -I feel I’ve done what I can do during this holiday season. It sounds like you have been quite generous as well! We all have different financial obligations, income levels and time commitments.

I would just urge people do donate in SOME way if possible -if they don’t have money, donate time to a soup kitchen or call Toys for Tots or Meals on Wheels and see if they need volunteers. Even cleaning out a closet and giving decent but no-longer-used clothing and shoes to a homeless shelter is a good and generous thing to do. I think of what MJG said last week regarding the Salvation Army buckets (this is not to get into whether you like that organization) -but more to the point of that -if EVERYONE dropped a little bit in whenever they passed a bucket (a buck, a quarter, a nickel -whatever) -think of all the money they would get! Using that same principle -if EVERYONE did one thing -Toys for Tots, angel tree, adopt a kid or family, volunteered at a soup kitchen, etc. -just one of those -imagine what could be accomplished! Momof3 is correct -it doesn’t have to be money, new or expensive. I just don’t understand the folks who never, ever give anything or any time to anyone who is needy.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

December 15th, 2010
11:39 am

I have a cheerful topic popping up at 1 so check back then for a second topic — also I posted some stuff on the ajcmomania facebook page – You can friend me there or like me there — I’m trying to post more side stuff there –

mom of 3

December 15th, 2010
11:44 am

Guess its time for a little case of honesty on my part. It hits a little closer to home this year for me. We almost lost our home to foreclosure. Friends would ask me out to lunch and I would make up an excuse because I was too proud to say, we need that money to eat on tonight. Nobody knew how bad off we really are – being proud is definately something instilled into me. My husband, human resourses mgr for a very large corp in Atl downsized a year and 1/2 ago. My job, outside sales mgt for a broker, lost their contract — downsized 3 mos after my husband. I couldn’t find a job even at a conv store – told I was too qualified, my husband was told he was too well-seasoned or made too much money. He is working construction for a very low wage and I am back to PT but laid off again until Jan 3rd. My company does no work in the month of Dec.
Banks do not work with you like you hear. It is sad to hear let us help you keep your home that’s bah humbug. We were fortunate to have money in the bank and were able to sell some land to survive but not everyone is that lucky. It has made me realize that those clothes that have been packed backed or hanging in the closet for the past 5 years that I say I’m gonna get back down into them — someone right now can get into them and needs them.
That is why I am saying what I am you never know what your next door neighbor might need and the majority of the time you never will. Being able to give back this year after what I have been through has made me appreciate the pb&j I just had for lunch. Not because it’s all I can afford now but because if I eat that I can drop off some food at the shelter.
Merry Christmas everyone. John Bradford said it best —- Except for the Grace of God goes I. If you don’t believe in God then Except for the luck in your life goes I.

JJ

December 15th, 2010
11:52 am

Mom of 3 – I’ve been there and came very close to losing my house a year ago…..fortunately I haven’t lost my job, but I have not had a raise in 6 years. The prices of EVERYTHING is going up, including the mortgage, but not my paycheck. My insurance is up, the price of gas is up, heating is up, groceries are up, EVERYTHING, but my paycheck…….

Now, I have to figure out how to pay for my child’s college next semester, tuition is due tomorrow and I’m $120 short…….I told my daughter not to get me anything for Christmas.

Betty

December 15th, 2010
11:58 am

@mom of 3–Thanks for sharing. I’ve had my share of ups and downs financially and I agree that it truly makes you appreciate things more when things are up. Thanks for sharing and I’m sending good thoughts luck and prayers your way………….I can only imagine how tough things are for you right now but the fact that you are still thinking of other people’s needs and doing what you can to help people worse off than you truly speaks to your character. You’re a great role model for others.

Thanks for the reminder (from you and JJ as well as others!) that people all around us are suffering quietly.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

December 15th, 2010
12:00 pm

Heavy topic…good, but heavy…..wish I wasn’t so pre-occupied still with wondering if Jake is going to break Taylor’s heart. ;-)

mom of 3

December 15th, 2010
12:22 pm

@Tiger — LMBO….. :)
As long as there is roof over my head, electricity to keep us warm, food in our stomachs and a precious grandson on the way — I have all I need.
That’s my point we have all been up and down. Some can’t get back up because they really have no avenue to help them. Just people saying if you really wanted to work you could — that is so not true. Unless you have been there do me a favor and just shut up.

JJ

December 15th, 2010
12:26 pm

Tiger – Scarlett Johanson is back on the market…LOL

Mom of 3 – its good you have a positive outlook. That’s what I tell my daughter. There’s a roof over our heads, it’s warm inside, there’s food in the fridge, and gas in the cars…..Keep your chin up!!!!!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

December 15th, 2010
12:29 pm

Drop-side cribs outlawed after deaths!!! — new blog up with the fulls story.

http://blogs.ajc.com/momania/2010/12/15/after-dozens-of-deaths-drop-side-cribs-outlawed/

BUFFY BRAY

December 15th, 2010
12:32 pm

IM A MOTHER OF 6 BOYS. MY 3 YEAR OLD AND 18 YEAR OLD ARE THE ONLY ONES AT HOME NOW, THE REST ARE GROWN. I LOST MY JOB AND COMPANY IN JULY WHEN MY TRACTOR TRAILER WAS TOTALLED OUT. I HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET AND KEEP THE BILLS PAID. I HAVE STARTED A IN HOME CHILDCARE FACILITY AND IM WORKING HARD TO BECOME ACHEIVE MY BIG PICTURE. ON NOVEMBER 19, 2010 MY 18 YEAR OLD WAS IN A HORRIBLE ACCIDENT THAT LEFT HIM PARALYZED. THIS HAS BEEN ALOT TO DEAL WITH ALONG WITH NOT HAVING A JOB. IM JUST TRYING TO STAY ON TOP OF THINGS. I HAVE TRIED TO FIND ORGANIZATIONS TO DONATE TOYS TO MY 3 YEAR OLD FOR CHRISTMAS, BUT NO LUCK SO FAR. WE ARE THANKFUL THIS HOLIDAY SEASON BECAUSE MY SONS LIFE WAS SPARED.

Photius

December 15th, 2010
12:49 pm

I am earning 1/3rd of what I made in 2007, and thankful that I have a job. For the first time ever, we are giving nothing to charity this year – we have to survive. There are no jobs out there.

I have done everthing right according to the rules of their system: get good grades, study hard, get a job, be loyal to your employer, work hard, be a team player…. it’s all a lie. The system is rigged by the rich who manipulate Washington to change the rules so they can rape their economic victims all for pure greed – while we the people get paid less, or get thrown out of our jobs, lose our house, and have no money for Christmas. Wall Street blows up our economy, gets bailed out and nobody goes to jail.

I have played by their rules my whole life, and what has it got me? I am getting tired of playing by the rules, their rules – designed to protect those who run the system at the people’s expense. And I am very, very ticked off.

FCM

December 15th, 2010
1:05 pm

Tiger–my take…she is now over 21…legal to drink, drive, and vote. Her life not ours. Although since I imagine she and Jake make a couple of pennies, maybe they could be Secret Santas to some poor kids? (Have to keep it on topic you know) ;)

won't say

December 15th, 2010
1:13 pm

I am thankful to be employed. However it is hard to sit in a meeting and hear “We are dependent on the American economy/consumer. the economy won’t come back until the consumer spending, housing and job markets are back” and then in a memo to organization hear that they downsized or shipped jobs overseas to stay competitive.

IF it is going to take jobs coming back why do we keep sending ours offshore? Does it not occur to anyone we are digging ourselves in deeper?

JJ

December 15th, 2010
1:13 pm

So Theresa, where’s the cheerful topic (11:39 a.m.)

mom of 3

December 15th, 2010
1:23 pm

@Potius – I felt the same way for the longest but realized I was just hurting myself by being angry at the system, the government, the rich, etc. My husband a Ga Tech graduate, me a college graduate, 401k’s the works — now making pennies on the dollar compared to then. My husband ask me last night what we were going to do for each other for Chrismas. I have bought for our children 2 gifts each and nothing expensive. Had a friend knit hats, scarves and gloves for them – picking them up today and yes, she charged me what she would anyone else. She needed the money and I needed presents – would nave never thought of that before. Anyway, back to my husband, told him I would like to get the band on my watch fixed and spend the day after Christmas with him doing nothing except enjoying our home and each other. Doing things we did when we had to split a taco back years ago when we were first married. Look at what you have not what you are missing.
I think one thing this whole recession has taught us is that we depended too much on our jobs and on things that really aren’t important in the end. Or at least that’s what it’s taught me. I don’t think I will ever yell and threaten a poor FedX person that answers the phone because my pkg didn’t arrive at 10am for my mtg at 11. Really now that I look back it just made me a jerk.
Playing by the rules your whole life has you still employed and I am assuming a home to live in and food to eat. What else is it suppose to give you?

JJ

December 15th, 2010
1:48 pm

Yea, all us responsible people, who bought houses and cars we could afford, and lived within our means, are the ones really hurting now. Where’s our bailout? I don’t want much, just to pay the bills, and have a little leftover each month. That’s not asking too much is it?

Becky

December 15th, 2010
2:16 pm

I have been blessed with having a good job for the last 25 years and my husband is self employed, so for the time being we are good..We usually find a family that needs help and buy for the kids..We donate at church and I have in the past done the Angel Tree..I donate too every group of firemen that I pass (I have a weakness for firemen)…

I have also been blessed that I have had a raise (2) in the last 5 years, plus every year we are given a Christmas bonus..Not bad for a company that is owned by a Jewish guy..Or as he says, the little Jew at the end of the hallway..

@FCM..I understand where you are coming from on that..Sometimes, it feels never ending.. I liken it to kids..You just have to pick and choose your causes..

@mom of 3 & Mom3Boys..Not wanting to offend either of you, but if any of your children might need some clothes, I have quiet a bit of clothes for boys (4-7) and a few for girls (5-7) that I am needing to give away as my two can’t fit into them anymore..If this is something that either of you might be interested in, please contact Theresa and she can get us in touch..I will be happy to share..

Mom3Boys

December 15th, 2010
3:10 pm

@Becky: thanks for the offer, but my 3 are two in college and one in HS…we’ll be ok; God will provide. He always has, and there’s no reason to believe otherwise now. My husband needs a job for his self confidence…he is feeling pretty beaten up at this point, and a man needs to feel like he is providing for his family. Anyone with job leads for a middle aged guy with an MBA, please send to Theresa and I can get her contact info! =)

Becky

December 15th, 2010
3:42 pm

@Mom3Boys..You are more than welcome..I would love to offer your husband a job, but can’t, so I will just keep you and your family in my prayers..As someone else (I think) has mentioned, I have been very blessed and don’t mind trying to help others that might need help..

Mom3Boys

December 15th, 2010
3:49 pm

@Becky…maybe ask the little Jewish guy down the hall ;)

redhousecat

December 15th, 2010
4:41 pm

I wonder how many posts or concerns about donations and good collections there will be in June? After all, aren’t needy people needy year round or just OCT-DEC?

Becky

December 15th, 2010
5:06 pm

@redhousecat..I donate clothes all year long, thank you very freaking much..

@Mom3Boys..At this time, we don’t need any help or I would be glad to..We actually just hired 2 new people within the last 6 months..

mom of 3

December 15th, 2010
5:18 pm

@redhousecoat — People do donate at times other than at Christmas. Yes, food banks still need food, children still need clothes, and people still need jobs. It just seems more is written about it during this time of year.
I too am blessed that my kids are adults and on their own, working and taking care of themselves and are employed thank God. I have just become involved with a homeless group and was just surprised how thankful they are for the little things they get. Standing under a bridge hearing them pray thanking God for what they have — that’s when I decided a pb&j for me a couple of days a week to buy something for these families to eat wasn’t giving up too much.
If you are really interested in donating the clothes I would love to get them for these children that are homeless living in tents with their parents.

Masil

December 15th, 2010
5:50 pm

Mom3Boys, I’ve been crying happy tears since PK told us the initiative at 12Stone. I’m just amazed at it all. It has been almost surreal and getting to be a courier Sunday was such a joy. I know some dishonest people will show up but as long as the giving is done with your heart, it is on them if they are honest.

I love 12Stone and how they get it as far as the community goes. We could all easily be in worse positions than we are.

motherjanegoose

December 15th, 2010
7:25 pm

@ won’t say…for many, it is about getting things as cheaply as they can. I am all about a bargain but aren’t lots of things that seem dirt cheap being produced elsewhere and thus American jobs are lost?

I worked at Wal Mart 30 years ago and know they are a deep discounter. Many small town stores have closed. I have actually worked in small towns that are zoned against Wal Mart. I know why.

Today, I went to Publix to get the BOGO items to donate to the local co-op. I still shop there and buy things that are not on sale, so I hope this balances out. I also bought other items.

I am not an economist but do work for myself. I am cost conscious but also recognize what it takes for someone to be profitable. Several years ago, I offered a FREE performance to a local school. They needed two performances ( not just one) and told me, “if you offer two shows free…we will take you up on it!” WHAT? Is this not like me calling a PIZZA place and saying, “I appreciate the deal you are running on BOGO but I really prefer GET BOTH PIZZAS FREE.” Yeah…right!

Mom3Boys

December 15th, 2010
7:40 pm

@Masil: our couriers on Sunday were so very gracious, a real blessing indeed. I am glad you were able to be a part. I took a package on Saturday to a neighbor…that was a blessing as well.

Darryl

December 15th, 2010
9:24 pm

I lost my job in 2008. It seemed like the worst year of my life. I tried to make the best of it, but my wife got tired of carrying the load. She was a receptionist in a doctor’s office and she left me for a podiatrist. I looked for work but couldn’t find anything. I really did. But I still managed Christmas. I made presents. She said it was the cheap way out. My poems were tripe or something like that. But I made a doll house for my baby girl out of scraps of wood from the bar I made in the basement back in 2000 when I was single. She loved it. She played with it every day and that made me happy. I’d play tea party with her and her dolly friends. We made the best of it. When 2009 rolled around, I had less money even but I made her a little doll town. I took the bar apart for it’s wood. She loved it more than any store bought Barbie doll house. Little did I know that 2008 was probably the best year of my life. If only I could play tea party now with my Michelle. Daddy loves you baby. I know you are happy spending Christmas with the angels and that makes me happy to know you are happy, but if you look down and see me crying it’s just because I love you and miss you. Love, Daddy

deidre_NC

December 15th, 2010
11:34 pm

we have an angel tree and also a toys for tots drop off…and the angel tree donations have been huge. we also do a shop with a cop where the local cops take a bunch of kids shopping…you would be surprised how many kids make sure they get their family members a gift along with something for themselves. its pretty heartbreakingly sweet. we have always done the angel tree….when the kids were little they would get a kid their gender and age and buy them a gift. my kids are all grown now..having rough times..im just going to get one angel tree gift…no gifts here…but we have each other…i have a job..my daughter finally got a job and my ‘adopted’ son has a job…so we are warm and fed…thank you lord! thats enough for me. it kills me watching people come and spend money they dont have to make their ‘quota’ of girfts they HAVE to give. fussing and arguing over money….people are really grumpy this season…i say if buying gifts makes you grumpy because its breaking the bank…just give love to each other..its free.

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ABC

December 17th, 2010
10:49 am

Sorry but the elf idea is just creepy. It’s a money-making ploy. Isn’t Santa enough?

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[...] Kids write to Santa for basic needs instead of toys this year – Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)We keep hearing that the economy is better but the U.S. Postal Service is reporting that more and more kids are asking Santa for basic needs for their families instead of toys. “ U.S. Postal Service workers who handle letters addressed to Santa at the [...]