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I can't afford to buy my children gifts this year, yet they deserve them.

What should I tell them when they find nothing under the tree?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 12:18 AM on Nov. 13, 2010 in Shopping

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  • well maybe you can have a yardsale or a bake sale, maybe that can help.how old are they? This year i want to take my 15yr old&4&2 yr old towntown&feed the homeless& try to volunteer, i want to show them that its not all about recieving gifts.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:25 AM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • Go to your local church. A lot of churches have programs just for situations like yours. I mean you won't get a ton of presents but at least they will get something.
    ShouldHaveLeft

    Answer by ShouldHaveLeft at 12:37 AM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • you can maybe make them some gifts or maybe even take them to a movie or something. or even just spend the day with family, bake a bunch of goodies or find something that everyone enjoys doing and do that on christmas. i'm sorry. its hard when its nearing christmas time and there's just not enough money. we're about in the same boat as you are this year... :/
    shoot4thestars

    Answer by shoot4thestars at 12:40 AM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • Call your town offices and police station (not 911) to ask if there is a Secret Santa that you can sign up for. Call the United Way, Marine Toys for Tots and any others you can think of.
    elizabr

    Answer by elizabr at 7:43 AM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • Also....as said earlier.........at a minimum make them something. (hug)
    elizabr

    Answer by elizabr at 7:44 AM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • You should of went to Salvation Army. They do an Angel Tree. They go by income. Call them to see if it is too late.
    horsesteelers

    Answer by horsesteelers at 3:28 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • Every town should have something start with your local Salvation army they will take care of your needs, that's what they are there for.
    wheresthewayout

    Answer by wheresthewayout at 5:27 PM on Nov. 13, 2010

  • Have you gone to Michaels? You can make so many things and wrap it up and place under the tree.
    T-shirts with rhinestones, jewelry, picture frames with their fav photos, etc.
    Liveyourlifeval

    Answer by Liveyourlifeval at 6:35 PM on Nov. 14, 2010

  • Try Freecycle. You can find some things for them there and it's completely free. The other thing you could do is make things for them, whether inexpensive crafts or coupons or tickets to go somewhere with you like a free museum or Christmas light display or free movie series. They don't need to know if things cost money or not. And, this is a great opportunity to teach them the spirit of Christmas instead of the commercialism it has taken on.
    DivaDynamite

    Answer by DivaDynamite at 3:44 PM on Nov. 15, 2010

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