Santa was listening

@camomom (7536)
United States
December 13, 2008 2:29pm CST
As some of you know, We were turned down for an outreach program this year. We actually signed up for 2 and didn't hear from the second one until the last minute. We were approved for that one and went today to get 2 new gifts per child. They had some great toys for the infants and toddlers and for children over 10 years old but nothing that great for the in between ages. I got 2 infant toys for the baby that I think she'll really like. One has a mirror on it and plays music and the other lights up and makes noise. I got the game Cooties and a sticker maker for my 7 year old stepson, I hope he likes them. I'm sure he will because he likes games and art and stickers. My 2 1/2 year old daughter LOVES the Wonder Pets. All she has been asking for is Wonder Pets stuff. I thought for sure she wouldn't get them because we can't afford to buy them. I got 2 of them today, her 2 favorite characters. I almost cried when I saw them at the outreach. They were the ONLY things I wanted for her and we got them. She'll be the happiest kid on the east coast this Christmas. Have you ever wanted to get something for your children and thought it would never happen and then out of the blue it happened? It's the greatest feeling in the world, isn't it?
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@jessi0887 (2794)
• United States
15 Dec 08
I am so glad you found something for them. I hope that this christmas will be great for you all. I wish i lived nearby because i could probly give you so many toys that are not being used. Merry christmas.
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@camomom (7536)
• United States
15 Dec 08
Thank you so much for the nice thoughts. Merry Christmas to you also.
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
13 Dec 08
I'm so glad to hear this, camomom. May you and your family have an even more wonderful Christmas and New Year!
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@camomom (7536)
• United States
13 Dec 08
Thank you so much. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!!!
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@katemeow (848)
• Singapore
15 Dec 08
this is amazing and wonderful news, camomom! I'm so happy that you got your wish :) I don't have kids yet but a similar thing happened to me in the outreach program that i helped plan. we were giving away shoes to kids who walked about 2 hours in bare feet to go to school. since we were asking them to come in on a saturday, we wanted to have some food for them as well. unfortunately, we did not have enough money for the food and felt very sad about it. a day before the event, we received $100 from a donor and were so happy! that donation was more than enough for the 2 trays of spaghetti, bread and chocolate drink we served the kids, some parents and teachers :) pretty cool, huh? :)
@camomom (7536)
• United States
15 Dec 08
That's awesome!!! It just makes your heart melt. My mom taught me the value of a dollar and to appreciate the things you have....I think I'm just now really realizing the second lesson. Merry Christmas to you.
@katemeow (848)
• Singapore
15 Dec 08
yes it is! i just saw the news about the couple who spent $1 per meal on yahoo news and i think i will be trying this out myself (although i think a dollar will go longer here than there over the States) :) it is really tough financially nowadays and we need to stretch whatever we have. merry Christmas to you and your family :)
@camomom (7536)
• United States
15 Dec 08
I saw that story but didn't read it. I live in the US and can't imagine only spending $1 on each meal. We have 3 kids...don't think it would work for us but good luck to you. I hope you can do it.
@Lee_Rites (845)
• United States
27 Dec 08
It is great to hear that you were able to get your kids the things they wanted for Christmas. I know it is heartbreaking when you can't afford to get the things that you want for them. This year wasn't too bad for us and I was able to find some good deals at thrift stores too. One year the only presents my boys got was presents my husband's boss had gotten them. At the time I had only two boys and they were both small. They didn't know the difference but I was heartbroken.
@camomom (7536)
• United States
27 Dec 08
I know exactly how you felt. I've been there too. They don't know the difference but I do and that's what hurts. Hope you had a great Christmas.
@Erin88 (348)
• United States
16 Dec 08
I'm glad you were able to find things for your little ones. I'm sure they will enjoy the gifts. My son wants many different things, but it changes from minute to minute at times. I got him a second hand tricycle. A friend of mine painted it. It looks like new. I originally saved up some money for Christmas gifts, but ended up having to pay a bunch of money so that my car would pass the inspection. It seems like things like that always happen at the worst times. I am glad to have found the tricycle though. I think he will love it. Happy Holidays.
@camomom (7536)
• United States
16 Dec 08
I think the tricyle is a great idea, I'm sure he'll like it. When they're young they don't know the difference in new and used. I'm glad that you could find it.
@piniongrl (142)
• United States
15 Dec 08
yay~!!!
@camomom (7536)
• United States
16 Dec 08
@AmbiePam (50160)
• United States
14 Dec 08
That makes me so happy. I am so glad you found those presents in particular for the kids. I think the Lord knew about those Wonder Pets and put them there just for your daughter. I hope your Christmas is wonderful. I know times are tight, and I am so glad that these were available.
@camomom (7536)
• United States
15 Dec 08
Thank you so much. I'm not really sure what my religious beliefs are. I was raised Catholic though. I think I'm starting to believe now though. There's got to be someone or something looking out for us. Have a great Christmas!!!
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• United States
14 Dec 08
I got one thing my son really wanted and a few other things for him as well. I got some things for others as well. This year has been really hard for alot of families to get gifts because noone has the money to do so. I know I tried to do what I could it isn't much but it's the thought that counts in the end I guess. I hope everyone has a good holiday and everyone enjoys their gifts what ever they may get from others.
@camomom (7536)
• United States
15 Dec 08
I think that this year may help people realize the value of a dollar, This includes children. I was very impressed with all the teenagers that were at the church helping out with the outreach program. I hope they learned something by it.
@Nan110 (469)
• United States
13 Dec 08
That's great news. That never happened to me. We don't have kids.
@camomom (7536)
• United States
13 Dec 08
Well you could have answered for someone else, not just kids, I'm not picky. Have a great Christmas.
@katsmeow1213 (29044)
• United States
13 Dec 08
Glad it worked out for you. My kids have never really wanted anything that badly, which makes it difficult. My daughter is the worst, she can never come up with something she wants, and she doesn't like the things we typically get her. We used to think she was your average girl, loved baby dolls and barbies etc. Well she has a million barbies she never plays with, a bunch of baby dolls she never touches. Last year we got her a ton of Hannah Montana and High School Musical stuff, and she wasn't all that thrilled. She's just very hard to please. Well this year her big gift is going to be the easy bake oven I've mentioned a few times. I got her that along with a cake mix and a cookie mix. I'm pretty sure she'll love it, because she likes to help me when I cook. Sadly I'm almost thinking my oldest will like using it too, because he also loves to help me in the kitchen.
@camomom (7536)
• United States
13 Dec 08
I'm sure she'll love the oven, as I mentioned before. It sounds like your kids are pretty easy to please from my understanding of previous discussions. I'm sure they'll be happy with everything you got for them.
• United States
13 Dec 08
i love christmas and giving gifts to everyone. i agree that its the greatest feeling when you can get someone exactly what they wanted. this year however, i do not have money to buy gifts. but i went to the craft store and bought a bunch of stuff to make gifts for everyone. i think theyll love it!
@camomom (7536)
• United States
13 Dec 08
I am in the same boat, I just got lucky and got help from an outreach through the state assistance office. I had plans on making gifts. I'm sure they'll love whatever you do for them.