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Please Don’t Get Me Wrong…

First of all I want to say how very greatful I am this time of year, especially from the Christmas Bureau and Santa’s Anonymous. On Saturday we received our Christmas Bureau Food Hamper and our Santa’s Anonymous gifts for our children. On Sunday we decided to help deliver for Santa’s Anonymous, as our children have no idea the financial restraints we are this time of year, and we figured it was an excellent way to help give back and show our children that there are people who struggle (even though they don’t realize we utilized this ourselves).

When we signed up we were asked if we wanted the physical food Hamper, or if we wanted a gift card. For our size of family (2 adults 2 children) we were told we would do better going for the Hamper, so that is what we chose. We were given a list of what should be included for the different sized families. I have to say that I was slightly disappointed with our Hamper. I expected a Hamper for my family size of 4, but received one for a family size of 2-3.

When I called to see if there was maybe a mixed up, I got a “too bad, so sad” response, and the person was not friendly. Please don’t get me wrong, I am VERY greatful with the help we received, but I guess I was hoping to have some leftovers…

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  1. Be grateful for what you got ffs

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  2. It’s hard to see others get more when you are struggling, however there are lots of families that didn’t get hampers so please keep that in mind and perhaps be grateful you were lucky enough to receive help.

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  3. Koren Conway Koren Conway says:

    If you are “grateful” then don’t be picky. There is a saying that says
    –>Beggars can’t be choosers.
    My kids aren’t asking for much this Christmas considering they have been to Central America where a hot shower is a luxury. If a shower is actually available though. They haven’t complained what is or isn’t under the tree at all. If your money doesn’t go to alcohol, tobacco or drugs then you know where your money goes if you look closely. Yes you are wrong for complaining. No such thing as welfare or donation baskets on Christmas time in Central America either. Some of them practice what they preach there and the focus isn’t on presents whether they are free or not makes it less of a priority. The celebration with family is the focus.

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  4. Bobby Sam Bobby Sam says:

    You say you are very greatful for what the help. Great -leave it at that. Some help is better than no help. Its like saying thanks for the gift but I wish it was something more expensive. It kind of defeats the purpose and makes you seem whiney. Hope you have a great Christmas!

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  5. Jenn Brouwer Jenn Brouwer says:

    OP Contact me and i will send you a Grocery Store gift card. I cant afford much myself this year, but i dont want to see kids dissapointed at Christmas

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  6. Tracy Ache Tracy Ache says:

    I think all these charities are suffering so they are doing what they can.

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    • I don’t think so. I could be wrong.
      But I think it’s not a matter of dividing everything equally. I think it’s a matter of making a minimalist meal to feed as many families as possible.
      So in other words, if there were more donated, instead of each meal being bigger, they would just feed more families.

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  7. Keep in mind just how many people and families are in need at this time of year. They (Christmas Bureau, Santa’s Anonymous etc) are doing their best to meet everyone’s needs. Be thankful you got some thing because many families don’t.

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  8. These are all DONATIONS. It’s meant to supplement those with meagre means. You should never fully depend on programs to meet all your wants.

    When my kids were little and I was a single parent I went to Safeway, and asked if I could do odd jobs/work for them in exchange for groceries. They took me up on my offer and I came home with tons of veggies, some baking and a ham.

    Also, I took $20, went to the dollar store and got toys, crafts and lip gloss/nail polish for my two girls, wrapped them nicely and they were none the wiser.

    Look at the donation as a bonus.

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  9. Tina Adam Tina Adam says:

    The food in all the hampers I saw was fine proportionately. Could your idea of a plates worth be needing an update? A chicken in my house(of 5) gives us 2 days of suppers and at least one sandwich plus soup broth later. A turkey we end up with insane amounts of leftovers. Many many over do it on food which is a huge cost especially in winter.
    I am happy to hear you are grateful and that you donated your time this season. I wish your family well in the new year.

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  10. Sounds like you got exactly what the program says it provides “a festival meal for those in need”. These posts are disheartening. So many people work so hard and donate what little they have so you can have a meal over the holidays. Disappointing that you aren’t grateful of their efforts.

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    • Exactly. I have been trying to drop of my hamper to the family we sponsored and the person keeps canceling and saying come tommorow etc. Its starting to really bother me.

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  11. Wow…i am by far to not well off. We helped with a food hamper and they give us a guideline for families of 2 to 3. We followed that as im sure your sponsor did as well. Please just be happy and grateful with what you did recieve.

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    • Sorry to hear that the family you got sounds to be a bit ungrateful too. I know life happens, but if I was getting a hamper of free stuff I would make sure I was available for that kind hearted person. You are wonderfully kind for doing a hamper ❤️

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  12. Laura Love Laura Love says:

    I’m kinda sorta grateful but not really. I didn’t realize Christmas was on December 25th this year? Stretch what you have out. Strive to not be in need at all next year. Thank you for helping deliver. Maybe you could also be honest with your kids and let them know about realistic expectations.

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  13. Im super glad my husband and his work spends hundreds of dollars every year to do three hampers and gifts for ungrateful people like you.

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  14. I want to mention that most of those food hampers are put together by individual families. We signed up in October to be Holiday Hamper Elves, and by December, some financial hardships had hit us. We stuck to our promise, though, of making our hampers, and we were lucky enough to have a few friends help us complete it, but we personally purchased everything except the turkey, root veggies and lentils.i was very, very happy to help, and I hope no one looked at my hampers (we did 2 families) and thought “well, that’s not enough.”

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  15. There is so much abuse of the system out there people using the services that are taking advantage when you drop off the packages were the baskets are the hampers the mothers have fake nails dyed hair Lululemon pants really where their priorities from now on I’m not donating to those programs it will only be for people That frequent the missions or The soup kitchens that way you know it’s really going to people in need

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  16. Sharon Swan Sharon Swan says:

    such a sad situation .. we all know that xmas falls on december 25 every year .. why can we not put away in the bedroom closet a can of this and a can of that once a month .. as kids out of school and need to still be fed .. like KD .. on sale .77 a box get 2 or 3 boxes .. if you don’t know how to make dressing it goes on sale 1.00 or less a box .. I personally think if you do not help yourself and then when xmas comes expect other people to help you is not fair either when you don’t get enough … I have had a lot of hard times and never once phoned the Santa anonymous or Salvation army or what ever else is out there .. we just did with what we had .. including the year my husband had brain tumor and passed away in November .. it sucked but what could we do … he had been sick for a year .. and did not make it for xmas .. so ours was sad .. but my kids got through it ..

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  17. So many greedy and ungrateful people. Be happy with what you got. Some people don’t have anything.

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  18. Shari Heiser Shari Heiser says:

    Wasn’t this posted this time last year? Same beginning middle and end. Is there really nothing in the inbox this is getting recycled?

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  19. And then there’s people who got no hamper at all but could use one. Be grateful. Stay humble. Merry Christmas.

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  20. It is in really poor taste to ask for help and then complain about that help. Someone donated their hard earned money to help strangers. You received what was promised. Be thankful and try to do what you can so you arent in the same position next year.

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  21. A few years ago we REALLY had to watch our money. I bought gifts when I could, that were on sale all year (I still do this) I handmade a lot of really cool things too. I would buy bulk on things like meat and bread and put it all away in the freezer in portion size freezer bags. You can even freeze milk and cheese. ( the milk will taste a bit watered down but it saves you money.) we put money away for snowsuits and school fees as well. We never went without. Ever. I still love to second hand shop. Love it. Garage sales too. (Both my husband and I don’t smoke and drink very rarely so that helps too. I’m NOT bashing anyone who smokes or drinks. Lol) I have a hard time feeling sorry for some people. There is a lot you can do to save money all year. You know birthdays and special events happen all year. Things like that and Christmas don’t just pop up.

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  22. You’re grateful, but you’re disappointed. They should have sent you a humble pie instead.
    You clearly have no idea of the organization and hours of work it takes countless individuals it get you and others those hampers. And you’re disappointed?

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  23. Wow so sad that you got help and are bemoaning the concept its not enough. My dh hasnt worked since oct…myself being an amputee and medically at risk dr ordered to be off loading except to go to washroom…cant work. NEVER EVEN ASKED OR APPLIED FOR ASSISTANCE HAMPER OR OTHERWISE. We are going to live w what we have and be grateful for it. We even donated food items so families LIKE YOURS could have something. This is why people get so jaded this time of yr and why people w wlgitimate needs go without.

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  24. Blink. Blink. Blink….

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  25. Geez you guys, I highly doubt this person is being ungrateful.
    It was simply a matter of expectation vs reality. They expected this meal to fill them, in reality it was just to sustain them.
    Lesson learned, next year you’ll go into it knowing what to expect and prepare yourself accordingly.

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