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    Default What if Santa forgot?

    I seen on TV this morning that the Salvation Army and the Kmart wishing tree is considerably down on gifts this year. Every year I have the intention of purchasing a gift so I can make Christmas a little more special for a child less fortunate than my girls, but every year I get caught up in the hussle and bussle and I don't. Well not this year! I am going today and buying a gift to place under the tree, to show my girls that the gift of giving is the best gift of all.

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    I like giving trees etc and always feel good fir donating. But the ads the charities put out at this time of year really can get up my nose.

    Some of them are so heavy on the guilt. And while I think people should always endeavour to give to the less fortunate, its really poor form to try and make people who are fortunate feel guilty for being able to afford those luxuries.

    Sorry. Just had to get that out.

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    I have something at home that I've been meaning to take, I also get caught up in how busy I am and often don't get around to it... Will definitely remember to take it tonight.

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    I do donate (and happily so) to the Salvos but I am starting to query how much they get. Don't get me wrong, I am sure a lot of people are accessing these services but in my town it seems like so many businesses are donating to the food and toy appeals along with private donations and they are saying they barley have anything. Is it a 'ploy' because people like to donate at this time of the year and it keeps there stocks up or is it a genuine thing? Even if it is a way to keep stocks up, I think good on them as clearly it has to be done this way to help people. I am glad we live in a town were people can access these items for their family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquillah View Post
    I do donate (and happily so) to the Salvos but I am starting to query how much they get. Don't get me wrong, I am sure a lot of people are accessing these services but in my town it seems like so many businesses are donating to the food and toy appeals along with private donations and they are saying they barley have anything. Is it a 'ploy' because people like to donate at this time of the year and it keeps there stocks up or is it a genuine thing? Even if it is a way to keep stocks up, I think good on them as clearly it has to be done this way to help people. I am glad we live in a town were people can access these items for their family.
    I think they probably get a lot as they give a lot to those who don't really need it.
    I've received a food package from them?? I'm not in a position where i can't afford food. It was such a waste.
    I would have prefered it gone to someone who really needed it!

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    Our local council does a drive each year, very similar to the Kmart wishing tree where you buy a gift to donate, and put a tag on it indicating what sex and age group it would be appropriate for, then the council donates to everyone in the municipality who has applied for hardship assistance in that year.
    I think its great that my donations are going directory back to my community, and that every cent that I donate is given to people in need.

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    You've inspired me. I can't bear the thought of a 3 year old boy like mine not receiving anything from Santa this year. I'm going to donate some trucks under the wishing tree

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    I have always donated gifts every year. This year though I have moved to a rural town and have no idea where I can donate too? :/

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    I have always donated gifts every year. This year though I have moved to a rural town and have no idea where I can donate too? :/
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    I know someone who work at one of the sorting/processing places for one of the big charities. As an employer, she can buy whatever she wants at an even lower price than it was going to get sold for in the shop....so the staff get 'first dibs' on anything that goes through. The stuff she used to get was amazing. Its a bit sad to think that it goes on, but it does.
    I really do hope that the giving tree gifts get to where they are intended to go, I honestly do.


 

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