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Holiday Helper 2013 Children’s Clothing, Outerwear, and Shoes Challenge Thread

 

 

As the winter holidays are rapidly approaching, The Holiday Helper Program needs your support.  Our first Holiday Helper Challenge of 2013 is to make sure that the children of our Families in Need (FINs) receive the clothing that has been requested.  

 

 We are looking for clothing, outerwear and shoes in sizes 2T and above.   This clothing can be new or gently used.  You can visit our Master Needs List to see what each family has requested, read about the individual FINs in our Families in Need Forum,  or you can post to the I Have Available Thread with what you have to offer and our lovely volunteer  match makers can make the matches for  you.  Also, if you see a FIN that you want to help, but you don’t have the time to shop for, you can send a gift card for one of their needs. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact HappyHappyMommy and QueenOfTheMeadow

 

Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.  

 

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”

Maya Angelou

 

Children’s Clothing (2T and larger), Outwear, and Shoes

#2(MA): Sneakers with velcro; size 3, for a boy

#2(MA): mittens/gloves, for family

#6(WI): Cowboy boots size ladies 7, for a girl

#6(WI): Pajamas size 8-10, for a girl

#11(NC): Clothes Size 14 In Girls, for a girl

#13(CO): clothes much appreciated, size 10, shoes size 4 kids, for a boy

#13(CO): shoes, gently used size 13 kids, for a boy

 

List updated as of Monday, January 13th, 10:40 pm US Eastern time.

 

Holiday Helper will run through January 15, 2014, but let's see if we can meet these needs sooner!

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Bumping this up! :bump: Looking forward to seeing how as a community we can meet all of the Children’s Clothing, Outerwear, and Shoes! Let us know what you can offer. :) And thank you for spreading the joy! :joy


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 There is nothing like the feeling of putting on a new or new to you outfit, especially when you're a kid!  There is also nothing like having to dress your child in something that doesn't fit well or isn't warm enough as a mom.  Let's pull together and see if we can put some smiles on the faces of our Families in Need this holiday season!  I know we can do it!  

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I can just imagine the smiles! :joy


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Bumping this up! :bump:


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One of my favorite holiday gifts as a child was pajamas! I hope we can make all of the children's clothing wishes come true. :joy

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There are two gifts of clothing that I loved receiving as a child, both when I was around 5. My uncle was in the Vietnam War (showing my age here) and sent me the most beautiful yellow silk nightgown, very Asian inspired. I remember crying when I outgrew it. The other was a pair of red, leather lederhosen from some very good friends of my parents. They were from Germany, had gone back to visit family, and brought them back for me. I still have those cute little things.

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I remember getting this really soft sweater one year as a gift.  I can't even remember what color it was, I just remember how soft and warm it was when I put it on.  I don't think I could have been older than 5, but it really stuck with me!

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I love these stories of the clothes we wore and what they meant to us. :love


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One of my favorite gifts was a nice pair of warm gloves.  The kind I could wear sled riding.  We played in the snow a lot as kids, building forts and tunnels and the best runs for our sleds down a steep hill in our neighborhood.  Every year, my Grandma made sure we had the best hats and gloves.  I always took my hat off when no one was looking but the gloves stayed on.  :-)

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One of my favorite gifts was a nice pair of warm gloves. 

 

Warm gloves are awesome!!!! :joy


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It was cold here today and I was thinking about how much as a kid I loved getting fluffy, colorful warm socks or slippers as holidays gifts!


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My parents give their four grandchildren every year special Christmas pajamas and it is already a tradition they treasure.

Wearing something cozy to bed makes you sleep so much better.

Things were tight when I was little but I don't really remember wanting for anything. I can't imagine not being able to buy essentials for my kids. It must be heartbreaking.
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My 4 year olds favorite thing to wear in the winter is long sleeves dresses with leggings. Warm and fashionable. Amazing this young they already have their own fashion sense..
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My 4 year olds favorite thing to wear in the winter is long sleeves dresses with leggings. Warm and fashionable. Amazing this young they already have their own fashion sense..

 

I love thinking of fashion as a way of expressing ourselves!

 

And I love pajamas. There are definitely not just for sleeping; I wear mine all the time. :)

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There are lots of open requests for clothing for children and teenagers (see post #1). If you're reading and can help with clothing or shoes for a child or teen, please PM me or one of the HH facilitators! hh2.gif 

 

And a huge thank you to everyone who is helped so far with Holiday Helper! :love 

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"How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it!" -George Elliston
 

Holiday helper needs everyone's support to get special gifts to our Families in Need. Can you help meet a clothing need from the list above? Or is there another need you can meet. You can visit our Master Needs List to see what each family has requested or you can post to the I Have Available Thread with what you have to offer and our lovely volunteer  match makers can make the matches for you. Or if you see a FIN that you want to help, but you don’t have the time to shop for, you can send a gift card for one of their needs. Thanks to everyone supporting Holiday Helper! :thumb

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I was talking with a friend today who mentioned that her favorite Christmas gift as a child was pajamas and it made me think of this thread!

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I shared a bunch of clothes from my daughters closet with one of the moms here. When I looked in her closet I could see so many things she never wore. Kids really pick their favorites and repeat. I am lucky my dd has a grandma that loves to buy little girl clothes.
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I shared a bunch of clothes from my daughters closet with one of the moms here. When I looked in her closet I could see so many things she never wore. Kids really pick their favorites and repeat. I am lucky my dd has a grandma that loves to buy little girl clothes.

Aren't grandmas wonderful?!
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I shared a bunch of clothes from my daughters closet with one of the moms here.

 

I love being able to share clothes with others. Some of my DC's favorite clothes are ones that we received from friends with older children. It's always a delight when I can share clothes that my DC has outgrown with someone else. :)

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With it snowing around in a lot of US recently, wouldn't it be wonderful to get all of the needs met for hats, gloves, winter coats, and snowpants? And while we're at, let's see if we can meet all of the clothing requests!

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It is supposed to feel like -21C here tomorrow. I think I just want to stay inside.

It gave me something to think about when I saw socks at the top of so many FINs wish lists. If I need socks it is because I just haven't got around to buy them, not because I can't. Children need warm socks in the winter!
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Last year I did not have a warm coat or snow pants, and a wonderful friend gifted me with a coat and snow pants. It just made winter so much better. I could go out in the snow and play with my kids and not freeze. I really hope that we can get all these children to be able to enjoy the winter and stay warm!

 
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Last year I did not have a warm coat or snow pants, and a wonderful friend gifted me with a coat and snow pants. It just made winter so much better. I could go out in the snow and play with my kids and not freeze. I really hope that we can get all these children to be able to enjoy the winter and stay warm!

 

Thanks for sharing these stories. I really hope we can get all of the children's clothing requests because it's so much better to be playing (indoors or outdoors) than it is to be feeling cold or worrying about getting cold.

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And parents shouldn't have to worry about keeping their little ones warm! It is amazing how uncomfortable the cold can be. My 2yo ds was just frantic this morning. It just got really cold and he doesn't understand it (and he is dressed warmly).
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I love pulling on a warm fleece when I'm cold. I hope we can meet all the request for warm, cozy clothes as well as other clothes!

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One of things I love about giving clothes is that the person receiving it is reminded of the joy in getting the gift every time they wear it!

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