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No money for Christmas.

single mom3 started this conversation

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.

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I am a single mom too and even though my two kids. They are both teenagers but, they are my kids and I have zero, none, zilch money to get them Anything for Christmas. I work full time and every dime of my paychecks go to bills. My daughter is working and helps out way beyond what a 19 yr old should be having to do. I will even work and help out doing something in return for a couple of things. It could be worse too. We could be homeless or sick, but, we are not, thank you god!
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Lori H.   in reply to Aidpage12345
Love the words of encouragement!!!!
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Aidpage12345   in reply to Rubyboop
I woke up this morning and had a little talk with my spirit which dwells deep inside of each of us. Why? Well, I have a similar situation going on in my life. That feeling like a failure. After my talk, I realized that I have the greatest gift in the world! I am able to connect to a higher consciousness. I am not stuck with the "Gotta Buy" attitude! But, instead, I rekindled the attitude of "Love". It's free! You only have to express it in other ways! You will know what you have to do- if you truly want to express it. Have a joyous, healthy, happy holiday. Stay warm with positive thoughts!
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woman in a shoe   in reply to Kungfoo78
Hi all we can do is give u information where u mite get help. But i don't know anyplace that will help with a free lapop but check and see if a refurbished computer store where u live u can pick one up for like 70.00 and they work good i got one from one this year. Orher than that i don't know of any place
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Im a disabled mother and wish i had the the money to get a laptop so i could make money on line.i dont make enough for my daughter .the little money the goverment gives me we just skim by. If yu could help it would be appreciated
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I'm a singal mother of 6 LIL KIDS who will not have x-mas because my landlord lie in said that he fix up the house we move in and now we can't do get a house now because of my credit we can not aford to do x-mas looking to for sevice that can help me and my family.
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Claudiacaridad   in reply to lynski
Make them something I'm sure they'll appreciate it, it's not the gift nor how much you spend on it is what it means to you. At the closest dollar store without spending more than 10 dollars you can buy candy and make goodie bags just an idea; hope it helps ! :)
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moma0856   in reply to Mama321
mama321 your children are very blessed to have someone like you. I am sure they will all turn out to be wonderful human beings. I have been looking around the internet to see if we can adopt a family and stumbled on this site after looking at lots of sites where it seems like people are looking for a handout tugging at your heart strings. If more of those people were like you this world would be a different place. God bless you and keep doing what your doing. You will have a mansion in heaven for sure!
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singlemomof2KIDS   in reply to Mama321
Best advice I've read!
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raffraff   in reply to Mama321
Thank you for your words of wisdom, I am a single dad of three boys and havent had workIin 3 weeks, so what you said realy helped, thank you agine. Brad
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ilovemykids83   in reply to ilovemykids83
Please someone help me and my kids I'm gettin evicted to cause I lost my job its so hard all I wanna do Is cry.
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Hey everyone I'm a single mom of three beatuifull babies I've been strugling for three years ever since their dad left three years ago a week before the last baby was born.
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GenieoftheBurgh   in reply to lynski
what are the genders and ages of your grandkids?
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Grandmother of 2 on disability has no money to get my kids anything for christmas,I love my grandkids so much and I dont want to see them disappointed thank you
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isha sesay   in reply to godschild26
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keepingthefaithinfl   in reply to godschild26
How old are you godschild26? Sorry to hear about your parents passing. Have you thought about volunteering and spreading some Christmas cheer to those less fortunate, spread God's message and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas this year when you aren't able to get yourself the gifts you want?
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I am the only child my parents passed away in i dont have income to celebrate. Christmas some gift cards would be nice thank you god bless.
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Just a note to all the parents here....If you love your children and they know it, you are not a failure. If your children are loved, clean, warm, and fed, they have far more than many do. If you are trying to take care of them, they are blessed as many parents just don't care. Tell them they are special. Tell them you love them. Spend time with them.
Explain things the best you can but you don't have to give so much detail as to scare them as far as finances go. Have a special night of going to see free local things or get free movies from the library, pop some corn, and pile up in front of the tv with pillows and blankets for some special time. I have asked the older kids about best memeories and not one of them named an item bought....their best memories are of times spent....and the ones they brought up were during very lean times here. They never knew. Just love your kids. That is the best gift of all.
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Ideas....I hope these ideas help. We do three gifts per child. For the teenage girls...bag of goodies from Dollar tree and Avon (have a friend who helped me out with 49 cent items from Avon-lip glosses, emery boards, nail polish etc) I have 10 dollars in both bags....nice sweaters and jeans found at Goodwill for 99 cents each (at ours the color of the week discounted items are 99 cents on Wed.) tennis shoes...found on sale rack at Shoe Carnival for 8 dollars a pair.
For the preteen boys...Found MP3 players for 5 dollars each
on sale...Nice designer shirts ( Aero and American Eagle) found at Goodwill (99 cents again) and jeans--these were 4.99 at Goodwill as could not find their sizes on 99 cent sale.
and new boots..on Sale at Shoe Carnival for $15 a pair. Spoke with store manager the day I was shopping and explained limited budget. Asked if he could let me have them for the same price as the girls tennis shoes and he marked them down.
For little girls...found stuffed animals and dolls for $1 to $2 dollars at Goodwill and made little beds for them out of diaper boxes and scrap fabric. Outfitted beds with infant blankets found at Goodwill. Found really cute outfits and some American Girl books there too. $22 total.
For the little boys...Tonka trucks for $10 dollars at walmart and Goodwill outfits. Our Dollar General has buy one get one half off on toys so I got a Wooden train set and a lincoln log type set for $15 total.
For the babies....Goodwill outfits, homemade taggies, and got a shape sorter toy and busy bead toy for 10 dollars total at dollar general.
I was able to save $150 dollars over the year buy just putting a dollar here and there back and while it may be small and simple, they will have presents. The older kids wanted the smaller ones to have more. So I got some coloring books and made some playdough. Had a few extra colors and colored pencils I had picked up from Back to school sales.
Found a few Crayola puzzles at Dollar Tree. This will be a group gift- put it all in a dollar clothes basket- for the smaller ones. Made the babies some new blankets out of flannel I found for $1 a yard at WalMart. I also found 2 really nice books..Little Women and Secret Garden...and journals at Goodwill which I got for the older girls as a special thank you gift for helping me with the other children. I spent $4 on these. Dinner will be mostly normal food..husband gets free turkey or ham from work and for the last 2 years some of his coworkers have sent home one or two of theirs so we usually end up with both. But one is enough if that doesn't happen.

We go to see Christmas lights at the park, go to area church plays and specials, get Christmas movies from library, make special cookies, make decorations for the tree which we can cut for free at State Park nearby during special time.

We have ended up with a large family since taking in and adopting some nieces and nephews. Budgets are really tight but we manage. Love goes a long way. I know alot of circumstances make things hard but I try to save $5 a week.
Some goes in a Birthday fund and some in the Christmas jar.

The first year we had 5 extra little ones, I talked to Goodwill and they helped with 10 clothing items a piece for them and a coat for each. I hated asking for help but it had taken alot to just get beds and basics. After I had gathered those items, the manager gave me a $100 Goodwill gift card which I used to fill in some gaps and get a few special items for each child...books and a toys a piece of their own as well as some bedding.

Hope these ideas help and God Bless.
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amanda3365   in reply to Rubyboop
Same here. I feel like a failure to my kids too... I Tryed everyone and everywhere and they won't help me. I moss the signs up over health and no car.
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