Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Today I swung by the agency and picked up the girls' gifts.

As many of you have commented, I too have been THRILLED each Christmas at what great gifts the kids are given.  Very nice coats, clothes and toys and I was glad to see the girls, even at the last minutes, receive LOTS of great stuff.  People tend to open their hearts to these kids when they know there is a need.

I wonder if there is a way to let them know there are needs all year round that they could help with?  Would they want to?


Rebecca said...

That is GREAT that people in your area help! There was an "angel tree" at school that my 7-year-old's teacher nominated her for. They had me fill out her likes, needs, wants, etc. After doing all of that, she got a very cheap coat and shoes from Walmart, a "handmade" fleece blanket, and a coloring book. I was not impressed. I gave her the items, but did not put them under the tree. They did not match the quality of the other gifts I had purchased for her.

I was sad that someone would take one of the "angels" from the tree and then do such a half-way job of fulfilling the wish. When I have taken angels in the past (which I used to always do before I had my own foster kids), I would spend well over $100 on the angel I selected. I added up what had been spent on A. and it was $40 at most.

They say it's the thought that counts. When I know that you give your kids a WAY better Christmas than $40, but you think that is all a foster child deserves, what I think is that you have communicated they are not worth much. :(

Lynn said...

There are a couple ladies in my church that are in the process of starting a nonprofit group in our area. They're calling it Birthdays 4 Angels. (A little weird to use the word "angels" in my opinion. But their hearts are in the right place.)

They came to me to see if there was a need. They want to HELP...and not just at Christmas. When I explained that many, many foster kids have never had a birthday party - and that foster parents could use the help to fund something like that - they jumped at the chance.

I'm excited to see what they're able to do. Because, yes, the needs are year round!

Tammy said...

You have to show us what they got:)Now I am left wondering.
*Lynn the birthday idea is great.

Endless Love ~ Amazing Grace said...

Today a Christmas card came in the mail to one of our boys with a gift card for $25. This was very nice even though it was late and only to one child, not both.

MamaFoster said...

who was the gift card from?