I have been pondering on the various threads on giving and receiving gifts from charitable organizations.
I am a lucky person who has enough money and resources to live comfortably, so it's not for me to comment on the rights and wrongs and needs and desires of less well off people in Australia.
We give to the giving trees at Christmas - it has always been part of my family tradition of giving presents to those less fortunate at the same time as going to see Father Christmas (I know this is going to seem perverse, it's just something my parents did and it was the building blocks of my awareness that not everyone has the same luxuries I am afforded).
Anyway, after reading some of the comments in the various threads, it made me think of this picture
I know there is a difference between absolute poverty (living on less than a dollar a day - which some indigenous families in Australia also do), and relative poverty (which I believe is currently having less than $13,000 per year to spend in Australia) and without a doubt being below either 'poverty line' scenario is hardship and I wish no one was.
However, it is pictures like this that make me consider oxfam and other overseas donation gifts as an adult donator. So it's Kmart wishing tree from my kids, but world vision/oxfam/habitat for humanity for myself.
Anyway - wondering if anyone wants to discuss?