Originally Posted by Thystle
Just because they are poor doesnt mean they deserve "cheap".It's xmas. Make a dream come true.
I was a foster kid from the age 14 until I aged out at 18. We participated in an "adopt-a-child" program kind of thing, except for instead of one employee adopting one child, one department/section of the entire company adopted one child. About the middle of November/end of December, we were given a sheet with blanks; name, age, shirt/pant/shoe size, and 10 spaces for what we wanted. I filled it out my name, age, etc. When it got to the spaces for what I wanted, I put pants, (because the group home I was at *didn't* get us clothes but once a year, and that was in summer. They would look through your closet when you were at school/away from the building, count how many shirts/shoes/pants/shorts you had, then say from there what you "needed" regardless of whether the clothes fit or not.) a couple key chains, and 3 specific Max Lucado books. Two days after our houseparents took our lists to the office to be sent to the company, the secretary at the office said I didn't put enough stuff on there, that I needed to fill it up. I didn't *want* anything more than that, as I'm not real big on getting presents. The secretary said something along the lines of "you need to put a lot on there, because they are going to spend a lot of $$ on you." I ended up getting easily $500 worth of stuff just from that one place. (Most of it stuff I honestly didn't have any use for (a Winnie the Pooh talking stuffed animal, a lava lamp, knee high boots, etc.) because I didn't put enough "good" stuff on the list.
I don't know what kind of situation the children you are adopting from are in, but I wanted to let you know that it wasn't necessarily that the kids *asked* for that, it may be that the person in charge of turning the sheets over to the organizers of the "adopt-a-child" program *changed* what was put on there. (I know they changed my list, and that's why I got some of the stuff I did, my houseparents heard the secretary talking about it in the office, and told me. Also, she changed my clothes sizes, so instead of well-fitting (not form fitting) 10Tall pants, medium shirts, and size 11 shoes, I ended up with 16
: regular pants, large shirts, and size 10 shoes.