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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.

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
Replies (61-64):
by on Nov. 20, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Seriously?? My DH and I both work (me, part time), refused PA even though we qualified, and not only will we be proving a very nice Christmas for DS with money we've earned ourselves and saved, we will also be buying gifts for Angel tree, giving money to salvation army buckets, giving money to our church to do work in the community, etc etc.

I said Dollar General has decent toys, but its dumb to buy kids garbage toys at the actual Dollar Tree (or anywhere else for that matter) that will break the same day. Imagine being a kid that ONLY gets angel tree toys--and the only two toys they get break that same day? how sad!

Quoting Anonymous:

sounds like you should try providing for your own child instead of begging and then complaining.

Quoting brittany208:

Yeah, you're thinking dollar general, I was thinking dollar tree (where nothing is over $1). Dollar general is fine. but dollar tree--their toys are garbage.

Quoting Anonymous:

There are perfectly acceptable toys for Older kids at dollar stores.

$15 chemistry sets
Magc sets
Baby dolls,
Toy cars,
Books for those who like to read,
Sketch pads and art kits.
Remote control cars are $15.
Puzzle books,
Those gun things that shoot those dart things,
Board games
And lots of other things.

And DH and I ways get our presents for each other at the dollar store
Or we make them.

Quoting brittany208:

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..."


by Anonymous 9 on Nov. 20, 2012 at 8:32 PM
I would be greatful for anything I can get. My son and I stay in my friends basement. I live on $300 a month cs which barely covers rent and food. I have been everywhere looking for jobs but no one calls back. Good thing I taught my son it's not about toys and things. At least we are not out in the cold and we have food in our tummies and we have each other.
by on Nov. 20, 2012 at 10:34 PM

:-)  Yes, darling...I find it very frustrating and disappointing...I cannot imagine anyone finding anything wrong with what you do.  It is kind, generous and very thoughtful!!!  If there were more people like you, this world would be a much better place...

Quoting Anonymous:

.....thank you.?

Quoting Luv2BaMommy9809:

You are awesome...that's all I got to say about this...

by on Nov. 20, 2012 at 10:37 PM
There will always be people who are grateful and those who are ungrateful and/or judgemental.
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