Thank you for reading my post, if I have inspired anyone that's amazing! I have been and placed a gift under the wishing tree and feel grateful that I am in a position that can do this. I am not 100% sure of how in need they are but I am sure that with costs increasing more people require assistance.
I give a few small gifts each year, a little girl, little boy and a mum and dad. Only about $10 each but I think it's just the thought that counts. It's nice to just have something to open :-)
This is a salvos type place...I am sure the wishing trees are better regulated and the stuff hopefully gets to people in need.
It is definitely off putting but I still donate and hope that somehow it makes a tiny difference somewhere.
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Just did it gifts for a girl, a boy, and a baby. Got the warm fuzzies. Also donated to the Smith Family to have them gift wrapped to save me leavin the shopping centre and coming back. I hope that I can make even a small difference to a child or two this Christmas
My mum volunteers at an Op shop (not sorting centre). She gets something like 50% off her first few purchases then 25% off any purchases after that. She doesn't come home with carloads of things, but she has bought me a few really nice things. Anyway, back to my point, she says clothes donations are down from previous years, as people are selling their clothes on eBay instead. So even donating clothes to be sold is a good thing to do at this time of year.
DS is only 7 months but I love the thought of instilling the idea of giving, by incorporating donating a gift at Christmas to those less fortunate.
At a previous workplace, I donated a day to a charity. I spent the day unwrapping Christmas presents, sorting them into gender and ages and shelving them, so social workers could select appropriate gifts for needy children. So I think unwrapped gifts could more easily, and quickly, get to those without.
Are there really cases where 'Santa' can't afford $5 for a toy truck? Genuinely interested in genuine responses. Until then I'm not going to guilt myself.
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