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Old 12-10-2006, 12:49 PM   #1
 
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Does anyone participate in giving trees/name draw for gifts for needy kids?

The three wishes on the list I saw this go-round were (1) Remote Control Vehicle, (2) Boom Box or (3) Roller Blades.

I've not seen any of these items of decent quality for under $50. Have you?

Is this a greedy parent perhaps?

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Greedy parent or a teenage kid (not hating on the teenagers but you know...).
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The agency I work in participates in the letters to Santa program run by our local newspaper. Every year without fail some kids and parents add inappropriately priced items on their letters. Even when we explained that the items should be under $25.00, some greedy parents encourage the kids to aim high.
Parents and the kids know that they are not getting those expensive gifts, but they figure it does not hurt to ask. It is a shame really because it does hurt them. Those letters usually get weaned out by the newspaper, the agency, or get thrown away by the folks who are trying to be nice and adopt a kid. The kids end up getting nothing because of the greed.
This year I got the kids away from the parent, told then that Santa was on a budget and they needed to think of sometime affordable or they would get nothing at all. They were able to come up with affordable alternatives
I would say that you should get what you want for that kid.
The list is a guideline not a shopping list. I am surprise that the organizers of your program did not wean out that letter. If you got a contact number for the letter I would call it and see if they could give you affordable alternative to what was on the letter or buy what you want and write them a letter saying Santa is on a budget and therefore you got them this gift instead of the ones on the list. The kid won’t care as long as he /she gets something. Good luck.
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Well on 2nd glance there are spaces the parent had to complete with clothing size information, which was separate from the "wish list" section, so clothes or shoes might be bought instead for the boy.

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Well we looked again at the list & there are spaces the parent had to complete with clothing size information, which was separate from the "wish list" section, so hubby may buy clothes or shoes instead for the boy.
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You may be able to find the remote controlled car for a decent price; I've bought these for wish list recipients in the past.

There is definitely a trend towards more expensive wish lists. I used to oversee the Angel Tree program for the company I worked for. One year, the agency supplied me with a stack of tags filled with expensive wishes, and I had to ask for alternate tags, bearing more reasonable requests. The employees--most of whom were paid very well--were turned off by the requests. I think people are more apt to be generous when the wishes seem reasonable. It's too bad that this happens, because the children often get let down.
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Wow, a wishlist! We always get a tag off of the tree at my daughter's school and it only lists clothing size and shoe size. We also add a book but no toys.
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Old 12-10-2006, 05:03 PM   #8
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I think it's the kids-we have gotten several remote control cars over the years,cd players,too.
If the kid is asking,I doubt they are gonna ask for something based on price-why would they?
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Old 12-10-2006, 05:49 PM   #9
 
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the kids don't just go get these tags and filled them out on there own , that is why i think that the adult helping the kids with those tags needs to tell them to keep it reasonable . It is not hard to do . i remember my mom telling us that santa could not spend a lot of money on toys and we understood. just because "santa" or someone else is getting them a gift doesn't mean the sky is the limit -the sooner they learn that the better .
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The hand printing on the form was quite legible, that's why it was assumed to be an adult who completed it.
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yes, very pricey, but it doesn't really seem like a reach for a kid to want that stuff...

i get my sister a cd player a few years ago for under $50---check out walmart, i foudn this one..

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=4872130

it is over 50 after tax, but is a sony...they had a lot of electronics listed under search by gift under $50...they had some cheaper ones too, you could always go practical with some clothes and then get a less expensive boom box.
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The hand printing on the form was quite legible, that's why it was assumed to be an adult who completed it.
i did the tags for most of my client's kids . I just asked the kids what they wanted and wrote it down . Most of the kids are 0-5 years old and don't know how to write . If the tags are from preschoolers or younger you could pretty much bet it was an adult who wrote (that is not a bad thing -it is just logical to assume )
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About what age does a boy wear a size 3-1/2 shoe & size 14 pants?
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He could have had messy hand writing?
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We have angel trees at work, but they only list the child's first name, age and sex. No wish list. I always take the older boys because everyone wants to buy for the little kids. And I always get them basketballs. (Thanks to my basketball-loving guy friend at work for that recommendation.)
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You can get all that stuff for under $10 each..(Family Dollar, Dollar General)

You think that list is bad, you should see what my daughters have asked for..
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Old 12-11-2006, 11:14 AM   #17
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I don't think the kids fill out the tags.

At our church,the charity we help has the kids make a Dear Santa letter/wish list and then they make a list from there.
We make the tags at church.
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The mother completed the form. It has her signature, which matches the printing, exactly. And the form list the child's age, which is 8.
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