We all have heard about the families that have signed up for every church and charity known to man so they can get their kids as much as they can for the holidays while many of us struggle and still manage to provide our children with a decent Christmas.
I don't trust the charities anymore and haven't in a few years. It's horrible that some take advantage of these programs and make it so those who truly need them cannot get them.
Every holiday season, the DSHS office where my mom works has a sign up for providing gifts of toys and clothing to our state's foster children. I'm not sure if this is available to those who do not work in the offices, but my mom signs up every year and gets the information of a child who deserves a special Christmas.
I think for those who are wary of the local church charities and toys for tots program should look into their social services office and find out if they have something like this available (if you can afford it, obviously). This way, you know it's going to a child who is truly in need.
Just a thought and suggestion.