I don't waste money on festive 'stuff' other than presents for the kids as i don't have any other family or really celebrate christmas for thay matter.
Considering i was employed and renting privately as was my friend we really didn't need to put money towards seeking independance from the 'system'.
It's fact that these presents and hampers often go to those who truely don't need them.
A single mother doesn't automatically equate to charity case!
Why not focus on the homeless and those who are truely disadvantaged?
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I get what VicPark is saying. Excess spending shouldn't be necessary to make a child feel loved and secure on Christmas Day. Parents who put time into imaginative play can bring joy and entertainment for next to nothing, as she said using Tupperware from the kitchen.
However I think it's important to remember that not all these parents are capable of that. Some of them might be too high to even remember it's Christmas, some aren't around at all.
We know for a fact that Christmas is a particularly miserable day for many, many children. That's all we need to know
I've been a bit jaded lately about the whole charity thing. Staff that help themselves to kids presents and buy them for next to nothing... that isn't the purpose of the giving trees!
I used to be a big Salvo's donator and user of their stores but I have stopped. In both the city and the country they are charging outrageous prices in their stores. They are getting lots of money from the govt. Yet the food parcels become less. I know someone that used to do volunteer work there for several months and she said they give out not even half in parcels that they receive in donations, what they make in the store. Yet they are extending their church She also told me all the workers help themselves to all the best stuff before it goes to the shelves and the Manager gives them a 'discount' so it costs them next to nothing.
I just feel a lot of these non govt organisations are bordering on corrupt...
I used to volunteer as a sorter at vinnies and while we got "first dibs" the rules were clear - we could set aside an item and the store manager would price it according to how it would be valued and then we paid full price.
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