I am a single mother, struggling to not make it but kids (especially my 3 year old son) has no idea. I don't want him to miss out this year just because I can't afford to buy him anything. I am typing and searching the internet for anyplace that might help to provide a Holiday Wish for a child that otherwise won't have one.
No money for Christmas.
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Hello I'm wife and mother. This Christmas i don't have any money to spend on Christmas eve and Christmas day. I'm not working right now, I going to school online and my husband also in school too. we are only getting by for one check, my husband get ssi check that only one check for rent bills and sometime food but end of month we don't have any food get by, until next first of month. I really need help I want to give my husband and my son great Christmas this year. I would like to have help for some gifts for husband and son. my son would like game boy i don't have money for that and I don't have any money for Christmas tree ever, please someone help me for this Christmas. I'm not asking for a lot just one or two gifts for husband and son.and Christmas tree. I don't want anything just want to see family happy that my Christmas wish and my gift. THANK YOU For Blessing.
My kids are grown now. But here are some suggestions for what I did when they were little that they loved. We Made big paper snow flakes attached a string sewing thread worked great tape would do. Attached them to the ceiling and all over. Popcorn strings around the tree. I went to only a buck. The gifts were mainly junk but I played with the kids with them. Cooked a normal meal. Read the story of Jesus birth out of the bible. They never knew I didn't have money. We visited the grandparents to. The main thing is love. Hope this speaks to someone. Gifts are great but love is priceless.
I appreciate that gesture. I am planning on robbing peter to pay Paul, so my kids will have a merry Christmas. Catching up on bills will be way easier than seeing sad faces on Christmas morning. Thank you Jay, you have a kind heart. Merry Christmas to you! ;-)
Josie, Pick a family you know needs help in your neighborhood and ask a store (Walmart, K-Mart, Shopko, sams club, Costco) if you can put a box out for Donations for this family, or a jar for money and gift cards for this family. Then watch the collections everyday and make their Christmas from that. Your never too young to help, you will be surprised what people donate especially in December.
I am mother to a 5 yr old boy and have a lil one on the way. My husband and I are struggling to make rent this month let alone have money to get food for thanksgiving. We realized in October Christmas was gonna be hard since my husbands luck at finding a Fulltime job isn't going very well. What bothers me more is that this is the first year my son will be with his biological father and his family who have a lot of money. Sadly my son is being taught that it's about Santa and getting gifts and he loves it. What kid wouldn't but also my husband and I come from families who barely had anything. I don't know what hurts more knowing I can't give him even a tree to hang ordainments on or that he gets a Christmas I can never him from a man who sees him once a month.......and my husband.......thinks he is a failure cause he couldn't make saving money. So this Christmas I will gift my son the gift of love and hope he doesn't hate us for being poor. We are rich in love and I thought that's all that matters but it still hurts to go to the store And have to tell him no Santa won't be coming to our house this year......uggghhhh I feel like a utter failure!
Have you tried your children's school? Last year we didn't have any money for Christmas and the school had a program to get presents for needy children. Also I hear sometimes the malls have drives. Like a tree with cards you can fill out and then people take them down and get gifts. I am not sure how it works but you could look into it. I shop at once upon a child and thrift stores a lot. I mean no one wants to give their kids used stuff for Christmas but if it is that or nothing it's an option. Have you made any decorations? or gone to the dollar store to buy the stuff to make them? they have a lot of stuff for cheap. If that's not an option you can still make stuff. Pine cones or stick reindeer. It is not the best but kids will remember all the fun you had making it. My parents were poor. I am poor. I have been on both sides. I mean no food, no electric poor, but no matter how much you think it sucks you have to act happy. Act like everything is great. They aren't going to remember what they got. I mean do you? No. they will remember having a lot of fun and that is what makes it special.
Do you have ornaments from last year? If you can't get a tree, hang them on string across the room. Do you do any crafting and have supplies lying around from when you had money? Crochet them some animals, patterns are on the Internet. Popcorn garlands, paper chains, cranberry garlands, yummy food arranged nicely on the table, candles lit where littles can't reach, teach the kids carols, go to church at midnight somewhere if the kids can stay awake that late, read special stories from the library or online, watch a Christmas Carol, bake cookies together, take a walk in a park, serve a meal at a shelter, even a few little toys from the dollar store with unusual fruits in the bottom of the stocking make a difference, or hang them on the tree itself for some extra novelty, a handful of change for Christmas candy...lots to be done
i started crying when i read these. especially yours. i too am broke,just enough to pay bills. i am working but have had an expensive year,and a divorce. (i paid for) i am a dude, i have two teenage sons who stay with their mother 80/20 custody (custodial) 50/50 otherwise. the divorce i went through recently is not the mother of my kids, but a relationship that came much later.Anyway, i am supposed to have them on the holidays, but i am at a loss, i'm flat broke and in debt, recoverable if i live on very little,i am falling behind. i am not a religious man, but praying can't hurt. It it breaks my heart to hear how people suffer. i saw an old man with a sign yesterday. it said "cold and hungry" i spent the last 5 bucks i had to get a mcdonalds sandwich and 2 -1 dollar sandwiches for the man. i imagined what that would be like. Awful. i guess i should be happy i have a roof over my head. but this isn't any kid of life having to watch every penny.and kids have a hard time with that, they don't know and shouldn't have to worry bout this stuff. i am sending you the warmth and compassion in my heart, for it is all i have to give. i am imagining a glowing ball of light surrounding you and your family, and sending it through a prayer. to all of you, here now. i am sorry and wish if i were a millionaire, that i could help everyone here.
I am a mother of 3 wonderful children, I was looking for someway to provide Christmas for them. After reading all the posts here I came to the conclusion that I would rather teach them how to give instead of receive. I want them to be excited on Christmas morning, but by looking for a hand out I feel cheapened as a parent. I will have food in their tummies, and warmth in their home, and happiness in our hearts instead. The toys can remain on the shelf in the stores. Thank you all for the enlightenment, and may you all be blessed this season.