I give things directly to a Womens & children's shelter for abused people , usually leave their homes with nothing except what's on their back.
Just gave them all my daughters clothes & my good condition bras that don't fit anymore
And some new items that we didn't want/need (double up bday pressies etc)
yeah I give a few gifts to the wishing tree each year. Havent done it yet this year, so thanks for the reminder.
I am so very lucky, I see it as a valuable lesson to my daughter to provide something for children who are less fortunate than her - and I would be more than happy for the gifts to go to foster children ... in whatever circumstances they are in.
Who cares if the foster children are getting a 'top up' present as opposed to 'one present' this holiday season? They are in foster care. Clearly things aren't good in their lives. I would hope they get lots of lovely presents. It might make them feel happy and thought of and part of the family. Their own little possessions which might provide security, familiarity and happiness. I am happy to contribute to that whilst the carers spend the small amount they get to actually raising them and allowing them to have a better life.
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Why do kids have to have multiple presents in order to feel loved and secure? Or a bit of joy? Can't these thing be accomplished with little or no money? What about the olden days of the great depression where there was little money to go round and kids made each other presents? Where instead of buying a $120 Barbie swimming pool, kids used to fill up mum's Tupperware container with water and let Barbie take a dip in that.
I hope someone gets the point I'm trying to make....
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