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So apperantly I've been totally wrong for a while...

Posted by Anonymous   + Show Post
So people are complaining about kids receiving "cheap dollar store junk" for Christmas from Angel Tree
and other donations.

This was my response:


I buy simple little things like that. We don't have a lot of money and are stretched pretty thin, so we don't spend a lot on presents any way. But we have fun traditions to make up for it and the kids
Are always happy.

And
Even though we aren't doing great financially, I know there are other people who are worse off
And still want to help them. So I'll pick up little
Present for them.

We did the shoebox gift program this year and filled up 2 show boxes, one for a baby one for a toddler,
Wrapped it, labeled
It and donated it.

The baby one had a few diapers,
A rattle, keys, teething circle, a little teddy, a paicifer, some bibs, a couple little shirts, socks, rubber duck, and some sacking cups. And A&D ointment. (all from the dollar tree except for the diapers which came from DDs diapers.)

The toddler box had a coloring book, crayons, a sticker book, some of that drawing foam spray to use in the rub, bubbles, a Jump rope, a pair of gloves and a matching hat, a doodle pad, a few types
Of candy, and a pop up book.


Last year we did a program with a church and recieved a letter from
The little girl who for our gift, she was 5 and was very happy with the baby doll set we got her AT THE DOLLAR TREE.

I wasn't aware we had been doing anything wrong.
_____________________________

So I don't get it. If the kids are happy with their gifts, and people want to help and donate what they can, why bitch?

We were broke when I was little.
I would have been ecstatic to receive ANY kind of toy.

A lot of people
Want to help people who are less fortunate, and as a mother I don't want to see a child go without Christmas present. But not everyone can afford to donate fabulous and expensive presents. Sorry if my "cheap dollar store junk" isn't good
Enough to meet your standards, but get over it and be happy your child got some Christmas presents.

End Rant.
Posted by Anonymous on Nov. 20, 2012 at 5:31 PM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Nov. 20, 2012 at 5:48 PM
The local church here does it for USA. We also help put together larger, family sized preset boxes )our whole fame gets together and outs in a few gift a Piece, and also non perishable Foods, ) and those are taken to other countries.


Quoting autiemama516:

I just have one question. Were these gifts for kids in the USA or another country? We did a shoebox gift thing at church a while ago and they went to another country.


Mashnut3161
by on Nov. 20, 2012 at 5:48 PM

 

Quoting Anonymous:

Its not the kids, they are happy. Its the bitchy ass parents who think they are entitled to this great gift for their kids. Keep doing what you are doing, your are right. A present is a present, regardless of price.

 

AmaliaD
by Platinum Member on Nov. 20, 2012 at 5:49 PM

i agree.  i donate stuff that is brand new and unused and costs me nothing.   (aka - stuff family buys ds that eh doesnt like,   while cleaning up the christmas decor,   anything unopened and unloved gets put away for those kids.   if at any time ds asks for that toy during the year,  he would get it back,  but he doesnt notice,  we are blessed with many family members that like to buy him stuff.)    i dont understand the idea that a toy has to cost a lot ot make a child happy on xmas when they other wise have nothing.

my dh always "adopts" a person from christian appiliation project.  he always chooses an old man!  he says that they dont get anything.   the old guys always ask for blankets, robes, pjs,  keep warm stuff.   dh buys and ships that himself.   i hope karma is real because if so - when he is an old man - he will be set!

LovingSAHMommy
by Gold Member on Nov. 20, 2012 at 5:49 PM


Quoting Anonymous:

I know. Some people told us that diapers and ointment were a dumb gift. But its for a BABY that won't remember the Christmas. The baby will love the toys and the diapers will be very useful.


Quoting LovingSAHMommy:

Well said, and good for you for doing what you can! Most people don't help at all. My mother was very poor as a child, and I assure you, she would have been THRILLED to get one of those shoe boxes. I also commented on that post, mine being, "they always ask me if I want to donate a toy, and I always say yes. I didn't realize I was doing something wrong.". 


I really can't believe that people will bitch bc they don't feel that someone is donating good enough gifts.


Um...I'm sure the baby would love the cream if it had a rash much more than any toy. I think you did an awesome job on compiling the boxes! :)

autiemama516
by Gold Member on Nov. 20, 2012 at 5:49 PM


Quoting Anonymous:

The local church here does it for USA. We also help put together larger, family sized preset boxes )our whole fame gets together and outs in a few gift a Piece, and also non perishable Foods, ) and those are taken to other countries.


Quoting autiemama516:

I just have one question. Were these gifts for kids in the USA or another country? We did a shoebox gift thing at church a while ago and they went to another country.


I think thats very nice. 

brittany208
by on Nov. 20, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Those sound perfectly acceptable. Especially for little, little ones. But getting dollar store toys for older kids (like over 5 maybe)--is mean. DS got a paddle ball from DT--it literally did not even make it home before it broke. He was super happy to get it, then I had to chuck it right away.

No, they dont need Wiis--but not cheap-o crap thats going to break right away. thats like if your DH bought your gift from the gas station, you'd be like "gee. thanks..."

Anonymous
by Anonymous 5 on Nov. 20, 2012 at 5:50 PM
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My mom always told me that beggars can't be choosers. For many years I never got anything for Christmas.
SusieQue717
by Gold Member on Nov. 20, 2012 at 5:51 PM

we (my sisters and I) did ALL of out family shopping at the dollar store! we bought everyone a gift, wrapped it, and gave it to them. I don't see the big deal! 

Quoting Anonymous:

My kids are shopping for their siblings at Dollar Tree.  I have no shame.


notjstasocermom
by Emerald Member on Nov. 20, 2012 at 5:52 PM


Quoting Anonymous:

Its not the kids, they are happy. Its the bitchy ass parents who think they are entitled to this great gift for their kids. Keep doing what you are doing, your are right. A present is a present, regardless of price.


thefiregoddess
by Ruby Member on Nov. 20, 2012 at 5:54 PM

No. Some dollar TREES (i dunno about other stores) get in really nice stuff. Some get cheap shit from china that is lead laced garbage.


If its quality, non toxic stuff, I dont care.

If you are giving someone a melted bag of plastic soldiers and a lead laced dress up tiara and wand, then no, please refrain from donating at all.

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