Well, about 2 weeks later I get a call from the room parent coordinator. She's desperate. She says that nobody signed up in my son's 4th grade class and that she needed me to do it. I told her about our financial situation and she assured me that so many parents will donate items for the parties that I would probably just have to show up and facilitate things. I remembered that in years past we did always have a lot of donations, so I agreed.
Well, 2 weeks ago I sent out a letter about the Christmas party coming up this Friday and it had a place on it to sign up for what you were donating to the party. It said that I needed the letter back by the 16th at the latest so I could make sure I had everything ready in time. I got NO letters back. Not one. I have all of the parent's email addresses, so I emailed them all yesterday afternoon letting them know that if they could each donate one item then there would be plenty for the whole class. As of this morning, no response. We're struggling to pay our bills and put food on our own table right now, but apparently I get to fund an entire 4th grade Christmas party all by myself.
What would you do? I'm trying to think of cheap ideas. We're supposed to feed the kids, do games and goodie bags. Any cheap ideas are welcome.