Secret Santas

@glords (2615)
United States
November 11, 2008 2:02pm CST
I know a family that is in a great need this year. I would like to help them out this winter, but unfortunately I don't have much extra money to give. I'd like to nominate them for a secret santa program, but I don't know how that works. Do any of you know how I can nominate a family in need?
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@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
11 Nov 08
I don't know where you are located in the US but you can try and look up if your county has Information and Referral. I used to volunteer at an I&R site and we had access to numbers of organizations who hold these toy drives and holiday celebrations for families who could not afford it. Maybe they can help you out? Because of your discussion, I also found out about secretsanta.org. I'm not familiar with what they do specifically but maybe they could help point you to where you could start. Or try the local Salvation Army, they hold Christmas programs and gift-giving too. Good luck on this very humbling endeavor, glords.
@glords (2615)
• United States
12 Nov 08
what is I&R? Unfortunately I've already missed the deadline for "toys for tots" and the "salvation army". Apparently those were last week. I hope there is some way to get them on the list anyway. They have two kids and I'd really like to see them have a Christmas, heating, and food on the table. We visited them the other day and there house was freezing. Unfortunately, the most we could afford to give them next month is $40.00 since cash is tight around the holidays for everyone.
@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
12 Nov 08
I&R stands for Information and Referral. We refer callers/visitors to agencies that may help them best in their time of need. So I don't know if your area has this too. What about local churches? They might help and I think they do these celebrations too.
@glords (2615)
• United States
13 Nov 08
Thanks for the information, i called them today. The number out here in Utah is 211. I didn't even know this service existed, but its wonderful... Too bad they told me that the deadline was over. I feel bad for all of the children out there who's families didn't realize or even think about Christmas yet. I know that most people who are struggling try not to think about Christmas this early... Its just too depressing.
@camomom (7537)
• United States
12 Nov 08
Call your local assistance office or local charity and tell their story, They may suggest something.
@glords (2615)
• United States
13 Nov 08
Thanks I actually did that today. For Utah the number is 211. I'm not sure if that is true in every state, but I didn't know that... so I thought I would share.
@camomom (7537)
• United States
13 Nov 08
I didn't know that either. Thanks.
@Wordplay (239)
• Canada
13 Nov 08
I think it is very generous of you to want to help this family. I understand how frustrating it must be to not be able to do as much as you would like because your own circumstances are very tight. I was going to recommend contacting The Salvation Army, but I see you have already tried that option. Many years ago I worked with the Salvation Army Family Services Department--it was a one year contract position and for me it was a real eye-opening experience. I have tremendous respect for the work they do! Too bad the deadline has already passed for them. I also think the idea of contacting your local Church is a good one. But if the Church won't step in and the deadline has passed for the other organizations in your area, maybe you could organize something yourself. Do you or your family members have a workplace where they can "pass the hat" for contributions? Or if the Church is not able to organize something for this family, they could at least help you by putting out the call for donations. I hope something works out for you and wish you all the best. Let us know what happens!
@glords (2615)
• United States
13 Nov 08
I appreciate the suggestions... I am a stay at home mother, and I'm not sure my husband would be willing to ask people at his work to donate. It is one thing to want to contribute yourself, but is very hard for us to ask others especially when everyone seems to be struggling. My sister and her husband have offered to throw in $100.00, so now I'm up to a 140.00 budget. If it were you would you go buy toys and clothes for the family or just give them the money?