We are so broke...

@camomom (7535)
United States
November 29, 2008 3:46pm CST
We are so broke that we were relying on 2 outreach programs to get Christmas gifts for our 3 children this year. We received a letter today that we were denied for one of them because they had too many people that need help this year. How rediculous is that? They have too many people that need help so they are denying them help. WHAT?!?! That makes absolutely no sense to me. We still haven't heard from the other one that we were supposed to have heard from by now. Anyway, we need some serious help with our bills and somehow getting gifts for our children. I'm working for a few online sites but not making money fast enough, so I'm looking for some easy, fast, Legitimate online sites to work for. I'm willing to sign up under someone as a referral (but don't expect that I'll stay on after Christmas). I am already doing ChaCha, MyLot (of course), neobux, buxout, crewbux, mainbux, thinkbux, InboxDollars and Mypoints. If you would like to join under me PM me and I'll give you my links. If you have a good PAYING site, PM me or give me the sites name here(DO NOT POST REFERRAL LINKS HERE!!!). Have you ever relied on something like an outreach program and then been denied? Do you have any ideas for making quick money for the holidays? Any ideas on how to get gifts cheap for a 7 yearold boy, a 2 1/2 year old girl and a 4 1/2 month girl?
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@Thumper11 (662)
• United States
29 Nov 08
I sooooo Feel you on the money issue. Thank god, I have no children right now or else I'd be in your exact same boat. I do not know of any websites, but I have a few suggestions.... My boyfriend and I are on food stamps..... do you qualify for them... you should with that many children and a limited income.... Go to your local office and see. We get like $90 a month for just us, but that frees up that money for other bills. Times are tough now... we just gotta get tougher. Have you tried christmas angels or toys for tots? Those are programs where a person, weather an other child or an adult chooses a name off a tree or an age and gender of the child and buys a gift. The angel trees usually gets 1 gift per child... usually about $10 or so...... The toys for tots, I think just gets a few gifts of small value like $5 and under or something. It's something though..... When I was in the student social work program we took a list of children in our community who otherwise would not get a christmas present and did shoe box presents..... we filled shoe boxes... to the brim with coloring books, crayons, clue, markers, hygiene products, socks, underwear and other items for them and wrapped each box. It was fun and very appreciated. You might look into some of the community organizations and see if anyone is doing a similar program. Lots of times churches in the areas do this type of thing. Also... do you recycle? If not... save cans from pop.. you can even help clean up your area by picking them up off the side of the road and such. we save all of ours and always make about $60 or so when we turn them all in. Just a suggestion. I know it's hard. I am in so much debt right now that it isn't even funny. I am slowly paying it off, but unemployment only goes so far.... I wish you luck......
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@camomom (7535)
• United States
29 Nov 08
I do get food stamps, WIC, medical assistance and energy assistance. I don't know where to go to sign up for toys for tots or for the christmas angels. I know where they have the angel trees but I don't know how to get my kids names on them. My fiance works for Walmart, where they have one, and they refuse to put employees kids names on them. We don't belong to a church, most churches in my area will only help members. We do recycle cans. We don't make much but it does help. I am a stay at home mom. We live on just his income for all of us. We figured out that even if I go back to work, We can't make up the difference from what we'd lose from the state plus the rest that we are short. It's cheaper to stay unemployed. We can't afford childcare for the 2 youngest either if I were to go back to work.
• United States
29 Nov 08
I agree with spalladino.... I would contact the organization that turned you away and ask them for an explaination other than they have too many people in need. If they are gonna help 1 why can't they give a little to all. That's just my opinion... but I think it might get them to at least give you some more information... like other people and organizations that help. Since you receive food stamps..... ask your caseworker if they know of any organizations that are helping out with toys for needy children in your area. I also worked with a women's shelter and we gave toys to needy children and our mother's children in the shelter..... You could ask if there is anything like that in your area. The red cross and the united way might also have some programs set up. I have a degree in social work and I used to know of so much more, but I'm really only familiar with kentucky and tennesee. If i come across some more that will help... I'll let you know.
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@camomom (7535)
• United States
30 Nov 08
Thanks Thumper11. I do plan on contacting the organization that turned us away, I just want to wait until I calm down a bit. I was contacted by my caseworker and that's the other one that I have not heard from yet. My caseworker said I should receive an invitation from them sometime this month and I haven't. That one was through the United Way. I just can't believe that they would turn away 3 small children for Christmas, especially through a church outreach.
@katemeow (847)
• Singapore
30 Nov 08
i feel for you! do not worry because a lot of people are going through this right now - including me! Although I am still single, I still help out with the expenses back home. I do a lot of online work- mainly designing. I have just joined an online greeting card company and have sold a few cards, pay out takes a while though but the excitement of actually selling something that I made is great! if you have a blog or website you can link my store(on my profile) and earn about $1 or 50 cents per card sold :) this will help me too. or if not this maybe you can make your own designs :) i've read a lot of success stories over there and I am hoping that I will be the next to write one :) good luck to you and I wish that your kids will have a great Christmas :)
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@sid556 (30987)
• United States
30 Nov 08
I make incense burners and sell them on the side for extra money. It isn't a lot but it all helps and I can so agree with you...that feeling of selling something you made is great. When times are tough, you got to get creative. It is really tough right now. I am a bit scared too and I can so relate to all this stress that people are having over finances. I try not to let it get to me. Not an easy task!
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@camomom (7535)
• United States
1 Dec 08
Thank you both. katemeow, I would like more information on helping you out. Please add me as a friend and PM me. Thanks.
@spalladino (17921)
• United States
29 Nov 08
I'm so sorry that you're having such a hard time, and especially at Christmas. Someone mentioned Toys for Tots in another response and you indicated that you didn't know how to contact them. Here is a link to their website. From there you will be able to find contact information for your area. http://www.toysfortots.org/request_toys/default.asp Have you contacted any of the churches in your area? My church collects new toys and non-perishable food for the needy during the holidays so make some calls if you haven't already. If they can't help you they might know someone who can...the more you reach out the more you might be able to find. I know that times are rough but I have never heard of a community outreach program who's goal is to give children gifts at Christmas, actually turning children away. It would seem to me that they could give a little less to each child so that every child could at least have something.
@camomom (7535)
• United States
30 Nov 08
Thank you so much for the link and advice. I've never heard of an outreach doing this either. The sad thing is that it is through a church in my area. I'm going in next Monday for the food outreach and taking my letter with me to question them. I don't plan on being quiet about it. I also thought about talking to the local paper about it.
• United States
30 Nov 08
camomom, Why are you crying so hard for another handout? You've gotten a lot of great ideas in this discussion about how to make low-cost gifts and such. It seems like you are being ungreatful to the organization that has helped you in the past but is either unable or unwilling to help you now. Either way, your behavior is confusing. Happy MyLotting!
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@camomom (7535)
• United States
1 Dec 08
I am greatful for the help I've gotten in the past. If you have kids and have ever not been able to buy them something for Christmas, you'd understand. I'm upset because we were promised help and aren't getting it. I'm not begging for handouts, just help. I am very greatful to all of the mylotters that have responded with help, instead of insults. You don't know my situation, so you have no right to look down your nose at me.
• United States
30 Nov 08
When I went to walmart today there were 3 different organizations colecting toys for tots. I am thinking Salvation Army might be a good place to go check how to recieve help. This is a year like no other. I am unable to buy for anyone in my famils. So My Son and My Mom and Teenage Grandchildren are the only ones recieving a gift and they will all be made by me. I have a craft business and make crochet beanies and simi precious jewlery. These are not shabby gifts by no means. I have seen on the news that more people are going to make gifts this year. We are in a serious mess with the economy and people loosing their jobs. I am disabled and on a small fixed income. Things are seriously tough for a whole lot of people this year. Honestly I do not know about making money quickly. I have tried several of those sites you mentioned and never reached payout. Unless you hurry and try to get a part time job for the holiday season, I have no ideas, sorry.
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@camomom (7535)
• United States
1 Dec 08
I'm thinking of making gifts also but I'd like to buy atleast 1 gift for each of them. I'm not looking forward to asking for help but I'll do what I need to to help them have a good Christmas. No one is hiring close to where I live. I also can't afford daycare even if i do work. It's very expensive near where I live. That's why I'm trying to find work at home jobs.
• United States
1 Dec 08
I so understand what you are sayng. The youngest four and a half month old won't know the difference and a cuddly stuffed critter would me a treasure. The two and a half year old is probably close to that. A stuffed critter to cuddle and maybe a game or an inexpensive doll or something like that. I's sorry I can't remember the age of your older son. I thnk I remember you saynt he is 7 years old? This is the one that is old enough to want something bought. I do not know what he is into but sometines there are people that refirbish bikes and sell them at alot less that new ones. I have known people that got some great bikes through s handyman that did this kind of thing. The person I knew some time ago was an older man and he would get frames and start from scratch building a new bike after sanding and painting the frame. When my kids graduated to the next size I would donate the old bikes to him to restore for children. He was retired and did this just to help children, a very wonderful person. Unfortunately he moved away some time ago. I bet if you looked in the yellow pages or your local throw away paper there might be a lead to someone like that. Also call bike shops to see if they know about anyone. LOL, that is if you were thinking about a bike??? I hope this might help you get some ideas for gifts for the lttle ones. You know it's the Love you give them and anything is going to be special because it came from you with Love!!!! Blessings, Christine
@camomom (7535)
• United States
1 Dec 08
Thanks again. Yes, he is 7. The problem with him is he's not really "into" anything but video games. We can't afford them. He's actually my fiances son. Our other problem is that he's only with us part-time. His mom buys him anything and everything he wants, long story but her father pays all her bills. We can't even afford 1 cheap gift for him. He thinks he's not loved by us because we don't get him what he wnts when he wants it. Very complicated. It just makes it very hard on us when the holidays come. They all also believe in Santa and he won't understand why Santa didn't come for him.
@relundad (2311)
• United States
30 Nov 08
It may be a little harder to solicit family and friends but you could always send either an email, letters or call to say that you guys are really having a hard time this year. Ask if they would be willing to "sponsor" your kids for Christmas. If you live in an apartment complex or subdivision you could also solicit your neighbors. Many people would rather give to a person that they know rather than a stranger or organization. But they often don't want to ask you if you need the help. Since you don't belong to a church, you may know someone that is. Most churches will help you if a member tells them of a family in need. Check your local newspaper for Christmas parties for needy children. You can also probally call your city hall or local government to see if they have anything that you can get. Your case worker for DFACS may also be able to refer you to organizations or charities. You can also check craigslist.org for free stuff that you may be able to use. Also the items that you have for sale you can post for free. For the child that is in school, you could ask the school if they have any time of program, usually the public schools have something in most areas. The school counselor could help you, or maybe refer you to some type of program. I sponsor a bike give away for a couple of schools each year. I normally solicit the names of the needy children from the counselors. As far as the outreach and charities go, they can only give what they have. You have to realize that these organizations like others are feeling the weight of the economy as well. This year more families are in need and there is only so much to go around.
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@camomom (7535)
• United States
30 Nov 08
Thabk you for all of your suggestions. I hadn't thought of asking the school. I understand about the outreaches, It just bothers me because I donate to them when I'm not in need. I also have been using them for a few years now off and on. They know how "in need" we are. They had a sign up sheet and said they had so many spots, I was on that list within the amount they said they had, then I got denied. It's just hard to believe anyone would turn away 3 small children. We got Christmas gifts there 2 years ago and they gave out A LOT of stuff. I'd be happy with one gift for each child. I don't need anything. I just want one gift each for my kids. I don't think that's too much to ask from them.
• United States
30 Nov 08
camomom, You are a repeat offender in their eyes. They probably have first time famlies that are in distress and not used to asking for help. At the crisis center I volunteer at, they do start limiting their charity to those that seem to be abusing the system, which is what they probably think you are doing at this point. Happy MyLotting!
@camomom (7535)
• United States
1 Dec 08
And like I said before, You don't know my situation. I used them in 2006 and then stopped using them until about a month and a half ago. I wouldn't call that abusing the system. Obviously you have never been in need yourself or you wouldn't be insulting me. I hope you never have to go through what I'm going through.
• India
30 Nov 08
ust sign in into size of paper which is really nice..if you possibly can,in the referral column just give my name thats more than enough for me..this name is the same for me over there also..i hope you could achieve your feat in the site and hope to see you over there..happy mylotting..
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@camomom (7535)
• United States
1 Dec 08
Thank you. I might do that.
@sid556 (30987)
• United States
30 Nov 08
I am a single mom and I got denied all help for everything. One thing that always went against me was my child support. Even tho I rarely got it, it was counted as "income" because eventually, I would get it...someday. So ya, raising 4 kids on my own was definitely not easy. Once when my kids were small, someone put my name in anonymously for help from the salvation army and I did get some gifts for my kids which was very nice. That was years ago. I do live in low income housing and so I'm greatful for that but my rent is pretty high in comparison to my pay. I have one child at home and get no child support at all. I also do not have money for gifts and I work very hard. I do know that kids as young as yours are very easy to please. I would shop at discount stores and even the dollar store. I always managed to make christmas a fun time in our home even tho we did not have much in the way of gifts....still don't. Please don't let the stress of it all get in the way of fun of the holiday itself. I know as a mom, how easy that can be to do as I always stressed a bit too. We want to give our kids everything. My kids are older now and they always assure me that they really don't care about the gifts. A part of me will always wish I could do more but the main thing is that we have a great time each year. We have a party the night before where close friends and family come. We have a buffet and just enjoy each other's company. Just before bed, the little ones can open one small gift. Then we all go to bed and get up in the morning and have a big breakfast....guys cook. We exchange gifts none of which are expensive and they are minimal. Thats it. I think it is the build up to the holiday that creates the memorys. We do a lot of baking and crafts as gifts for others. We drive around and look at the beautiful lights and all. We make decorations and just get into the spirit of the holiday. Heck...we've even been known to go to church.
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@camomom (7535)
• United States
1 Dec 08
I don't know what state you are in but where I live they don't use child support against you. You don't even have to list it if you don't want to. We are on the waiting list for housing, for the past year. I probably will go to the doallar store but even finding money to do that is hard. As far as gifts for others besides the kids, I made recipes in a jar. Very cheap and everyone is looking forward to them. Thank you so much for the great ideas. I will try to destress and help them enjoy the holidays without the material things.
• China
30 Nov 08
I think not only money can have a happy Christmas, love is also very important. Showing your love to your children, i think they can understand. Difficulty will be away, wait for some time. Everything wil be good!
@camomom (7535)
• United States
1 Dec 08
Thak you for your kind words. I know love is the best gift but the 2 oldest won't understand that. I plan on trying to make gifts that will show my love to them and maybe when they get older they'll understand.
@katsmeow1213 (28895)
• United States
29 Nov 08
Geez that sucks. I've never had that happen, but I don't rely heavily on those outreach programs, even when I needed them, they were just fillers for us, we found other ways... usually like not paying our bills, lol If you want my Clixsense link let me know, it's a good site I've been on for awhile. Not sure it will help you much by Christmas, but I've gotten one payout from them thus far, and I'm not that active.
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• United States
29 Nov 08
It is slow... I went premium for $10 and ended up having 500 clix as soon as I upgraded, so got back half of what I paid. I still get like 10 or so a day. I don't mind it being slow really. The key is to keep checking back through out the day. I highly doubt there's anything you can join now that will help you by Christmas. Even Triond, which only has 50 cent payout, you'd have to earn that by the end of this month to have it help for Christmas.
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@camomom (7535)
• United States
30 Nov 08
Maybe I'll still try both so that I can use bill money for gifts and then make it up. My problem is that I don't have the money up front to upgrade on anything. I have to stay a standard member.
• United States
30 Nov 08
I don't plan on upgrading again once it expires in April. You did say you were on Mypoints too, right?
@mssnow (9493)
• United States
30 Nov 08
Hi there, I know how you feel about not having money for gifts. I am in teh same boat. I do surveys online I make anywhere between $1 per survey all teh way up to $100. Just depends on the survey and if you qualify. if you would like the link please feel free to Im me. Thanks :)
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@camomom (7535)
• United States
30 Nov 08
I've tried so many survey sites it's unreal, I never qualify for any of them so it ends up being a waste of time for me. But thank you for the offer, If I change my mind I'll message you.
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
30 Nov 08
There are legitimite survey sites and sites that just reel you in by making you jump through hoops. The sites i have are true legitimst surveys that you do. I don't always qualify but i qualify for some. Let me Im you and i can show at least one of tehm and you can tell me if it is like teh sites you have tried.
@camomom (7535)
• United States
30 Nov 08
If you want to tell me the names of the ones you do, I will tell you if they are the one's I've already tried or not.
@ladynetz (968)
• Canada
29 Nov 08
I have also problems , money ones. Last time I needed a cheap present, I bought a nice cup from the dollar store , filled it with candies and wrapped it nice with a big ribbon. I also visit often the second hand stores. If you look around, you can see even new toys, or new colouring books. Few stores also have new thinks at very low price. Or, you can ask your friends to switch games or videos/CDs'/DVD movies. In every household there is something that you don't use anymore, so why not to switch? My daughter switches clothes with her friends, so every one gets to wear a different wordrobe - that's a great idea that Tyra Banks had in one of her shows. Hope you'll find this idea good and wish you all the best!
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@camomom (7535)
• United States
30 Nov 08
Thanks ladynetz. I hadn't thought of switching things. I don't know many people with kids though to ask. I have thought of going to the dollar stores but I never thought of second hand stores. I might go to the mission store or goodwill.
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@camomom (7535)
• United States
30 Nov 08
More great ideas, busyB4. Thanks again.
@max1950 (2313)
• United States
30 Nov 08
Check with your local united states marine recruiter he can let you know where the toy's for tots program is.the marine corp does this every year. ooh rah u.s.m.c.
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@camomom (7535)
• United States
1 Dec 08
I thought of that, even another mylotter recommended toys for tots. I got on there website but couldn't get into anything to request help. I guess I'll have my fiance go talk to them. He's a Marine also (out since this past September). Thank you so much.
@max1950 (2313)
• United States
2 Dec 08
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@ellie333 (21018)
30 Nov 08
Hi Camomom, It is tough when skint at Christmastime or at any time really. Your little girl is too young to realise that it is Christmas and I would wrap up a couple of her exsisting toys to open and chew on, the two and 1/2 year old I would fill an empty cardboard box with balloons and wrap and let him open and have fun chasing them around, the little one will love that too batting a balloon. The eldest though will expect something more but I have seen that someone has mentioned Freecycle so you may be able to pick up a bike or skateboard or something from there and decorate up to be his own and wrap. I have no moneymaking ideas for you but no matter how little or how much the children have they will have FUN within a lovely family on Christmas Day which many children haven't got and LOVE is priceless. Huggles. Ellie :D
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@camomom (7535)
• United States
1 Dec 08
That's a good idea with the balloons, My 2 1/2 year old loves balloons. I do plan on looking into freecycle also. Thank you.
@ladym33 (10990)
• United States
30 Nov 08
I have a great site for you that is very legitamit and a nice earning site. For some reason I can not PM you. I would love to get the referal from you of course, but I don't mind not getting it if it can help you make some extra money. Please PM if you are able to and would like to and I can give you the information. Thanks.
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@camomom (7535)
• United States
1 Dec 08
I think it was because we weren't on eachothers friends lists. I'll add you and then PM you. thanks.
@SketcherD (1114)
• Canada
30 Nov 08
We have had some bad Christmases in our time as well. I know well how much it hurts not to give your children everything that the other kids are going to get. Our kids are much older now and the gifts have gotten exponentially bigger. LOL. I am on disability now and some of the things they hint about I just tell them guys you know I can't afford that now and they fully understand. Thank goodness. Especially our eldest. He is 20 and out on his own. He understands what hard earned money is all about now. When our kids were small though we would take out the old toys that they didn't play with anymore and bring them to Good Will and the Salvation Army just before Christmas so they would have room for their new toys. Maybe you could check those places for some inexpensive items. The really young ones will truly not know the difference. I am sorry I am not much of a help for anything more. I hope you enjoy your Christmas with your family anyway. MERRY CHRISTMAS!! I can watch for your discussions and make sure to comment on them for you!
@camomom (7535)
• United States
1 Dec 08
NO, that does help, you brightened my day. I am considering Goodwill or the Salvation Army. There's also a misiion store nearby. Thanks for your warm wishes. Have a great Christmas.
@SketcherD (1114)
• Canada
2 Dec 08
Aww I am so glad I could help a little. I also have been watching for your discussions to make sure I comment on them. I even went back to some of your older ones and commented!! LOL
@camomom (7535)
• United States
3 Dec 08
I did notice that you did that and I appreciate it SO much. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
11 Dec 08
Well, I'm seeing two sides here...on one hand with the economy the way it is ppl are having a tough time this year affording much of anything. That means alot more ppl are turning to charity groups to help out. The thing is they help out as much as they can but they can't help everyone...when the funds run out, their done. Demanding help from them isn't going to change that. The other side that I'm seeing is confusing me a little here. Your saying that you need the help b/c you have no money for bills or gifts but your online...meaning your paying for the internet. The cheapest you can get internet is $10.00 a month for dial-up. Why not turn the net off, take the $10.00 and buy a few gifts at Dollar General or the mark down aisle at Walmarts. Or better yet put the $10.00 toward a bill and make some gifts for the kids. You also might explain to the two older ones the truth that times are rough and there won't be alot for Christmas. My Mom and two youngest brothers had a Christmas one year in a shelter...not a pretty thing but the boys who were about 5 and 7 understood that there just wasn't money for Christmas. It doesn't make for a happy holiday but at least your honest with them and when they do get a big Christmas their more pleased with it. You might also start thinking way in advance since you have three kids you might start going to yard sales, talking to friends and family, keeping your eyes open earlier in the year...I know alot of ppl that get all their Christmas presents at yard sales for little of nothing. [b]MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! ~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND TRUST IN GOD**[/b]
@camomom (7535)
• United States
12 Dec 08
I'm not "demanding" help from anyone. I'm just stating my disappointment. I started the discussion to get work at home sites not to get charity. I do work online at home and make decent money, thats why I don't get my internet shut off. I also claim it on taxes so it pays for itself. We have explained it to the 2 oldest but they don't understand about money. I do plan on shopping earlier in the future, you have to understand that my youngest is only 5 months old. I didn't have much time to plan for this year.
• United States
12 Dec 08
What is so bad about expressing frustration? If you've been in the same situation you should know that it is frustrating and depressing and hard as a parent to tell your kids that they don't get presents. When you have your children or even before you dream of the wonderful life that you want to give them. When real life doesn't live up to that it's disapointing sure, but manageable. When it's so starkly different from what you imagined, in a bad way, all you can think about is how your kids are going to feel. They don't always understand hard times especially when their very young, and as bad as they are at understanding it's even harder to try to explain.
@camomom (7535)
• United States
12 Dec 08
That is so true, piniongrl. Especially when one is a step child. He doesn't understand that his dad and I do love him as much as his mom does. He thinks we don't love him because we don't buy him whatever he wants like she does. He thinks because we don't get him the things he wants that we don't love him at all. How do you explain these things to a 7 year old so that they understand? You can't. Just think about how he'll feel on Christmas day when he has nothing to open at his dads house. He's going to REALLY think he isn't loved. The girls won't understand either way, they are too young. I could get them 1 gift each and it would probably be ok. With him we can't do that without it causing more issues for him.
@suzzy3 (8349)
30 Nov 08
Mine are all grown up and thankfully I have never been in your boat,What about making a cake with little sweets on it,colouring cutting and glueing.It is really the seven year old and the 2year old the baby won't know any difference,one time I made a board game and my kids played it for hours and it lasted and lasted ,card board coloured paper make a track and put school on it, chops, carpark ect,a cup for the dice and off you go, papaya masha news paper soaked in water and glu for a few days,take out squeeze together and make a mountain let it dry paint it use cars or dinosaurs , to make beleave games how to get over the mountain,little trees and beleave me they love it.I wish you well and good luck to you ,we have the salvation army in this country to help struggling families ,I just hope these suggestions will help and home made decorations will cheer the place up.
@camomom (7535)
• United States
1 Dec 08
Thank you so much for the ideas. I'll have to look around and see what I have to make things out of.
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@suzzy3 (8349)
1 Dec 08
Hello I had another idea what about making stuffed toys I have made these in the past when there was not a lot of money get some material and make it in to shapes and stuff with old tight or newpaper,mine used to love the snakes I made it is just another idea.
@camomom (7535)
• United States
3 Dec 08
That's a great idea. Thanks.
@Nan110 (469)
• United States
11 Dec 08
If there is a mission for the homeless where you live you could go there for help or you could go to a site called Wish Upon A Hero. http://www.wishuponahero.com
@camomom (7535)
• United States
12 Dec 08
There is a mission and they have a mission store. I plan on going there to try to find cheap gifts for my kids. Thank you for the website, I'll check it out.
• Philippines
8 Dec 08
oh i forgot try quickrewards.net they can pay you in the next 24 hours directly into your paypal account, no minimum amount needed to reach.
@camomom (7535)
• United States
9 Dec 08
Thanks, I'll look into it.
• Philippines
8 Dec 08
hi! my heart goes out for you because i am a parent too! i have not much to offer about your inquiry but i'll include you in my prayers. we were also so broke once and you know what being broke gave us to opportunity to be creative and find a good way out of the situation. brainstorming helps a lot. hardwork and determination will always be a key. However i have a good book to recommend for you to read, it will help you stay focused in your endeavors: The Millionaire Mind. it may sound too corny at first and have that "hey, i'm already broke, i don't have time to read!" thinking in your head,but to tell you honestly it really worked for me and my husband. it's not that we are now millionares but hey we're working on it. in my personal experience, when we became very broke, i loaned some money from a friend, and bought clothes from the super sales stores. i then sold then to my office mates and boom! i created money in no time. good luck and God bless you and your family always.
@camomom (7535)
• United States
9 Dec 08
Thank you for the kind words. I will look into the book and see what comes of it. Merry Christmas to you.