Spent the day yesterday at the "Foodbank" where I go every Thursday to help out those in need
This time it was to take names for Christmas hampers ( food for Christmas ,presents and all the trimmings)
I was saddened by the amount of peeps that had to come in and sign up this yr we had more than double the amount
They were embarrassed to say the least at having to ask for help
Many were two income families and have 4 to 5 kids which they just cannot afford to to get all the stuff for
While there with some of the older ppl I made a few suggesstions and talked about the days where we popped popcorn and had it strung arond tree made home made decorations
cookies and cakes to hand out to some ppl and family members in nice containers from the dollar store or better yet home made
Make Christmas cards .......homemade presents are the best come from the heart
Those are my best memories of Christmas long ago
Not this Commercial Thing we have now where the most expensive gift is the "IN" thing
Parents go into debt on Credit cards and such just to get that "Perfect expensive gift"
I am going back to the basics this year yes cait will get some bigger presents but not so I am broke for the rest of the yr
The whole Christmas Spirit and reason for celebrating is almost a forgotten thing IMO
WHAT are some of your favorite memories times and things you did at this time of the year
I loved hay rides with huge snowflakes listening to carollers singin my fav " Silent Night"
Just think about it I am sure you have some great memories there in your head
Share if you will lets get this spirit going
** We had so many ppl yesterday had to make today another day for signing them up so if you have an extra can of food non perishable item drop it off
If you can afford a couple of bucks get a small doll or lil firetruck drop it off
If you knit or crochet make some gloves slippers anything ..........
There are so many kids out there that have nothing and so many parents that feel they have really let their children down and remember what Christmas IS ALL about ..........
Thanks to all
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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 11/17/2006 4:18:36 AM (GMT-7)