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Topic: Searching for a Christmas Angel

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Subject: Searching for a Christmas Angel
Date Posted: 12/2/2009 8:30 PM ET
Member Since: 10/30/2009
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Through the program that Nicole started, out family has been blessed by her own and I can't thank her enough or even put into words how she saved us from a rather dismal holiday.

I hope this doesn't come across as rude or anything.

That said, I am asking here for a friend/neighbor of ours (my husband grew up with the husband of the family) I am being deliberately vague about them, because if they knew what I was about to ask they would have an aneurysm. They are in a situation as bad, if not worse than ours. They have been forced to apply for certain assistance programs because they have children and no matter their pride they won't let them go hungry if they can help it.

BUT (and this is the reason I appeal here to anyone that may be able to help or wants/can to act as a Christmas Angel.) Their pride won't allow them to ask for help concerning something that isn't really 'needed' and to them it would be too much charity to ask for gifts or stockings or help with a holiday dinner for their family. They have been bad off for awhile and before things went south with us we were able to get around this by giving gift cards to Target, Wal-Mart and the grocery store as 'Birthday/Holiday' gifts which they would take as the 'gift' it was meant.

Now that things are so bad for us, even with Nicole's wonderful gifts for our family, we can't afford to even buy a small sized gift card for them for the holidays.

They have three children, their oldest is a girl my daughter's age (which is a reason we reconnected after moving back to the neighborhood, when my daughter is here those two are inseparable) around 9 years and then they have a 3 year old little girl and a 'surprise' baby boy who is just a month older than our youngest (Luke is 16 months an August baby, while Damien is a September baby, its neat that our sons will grow up together like my DH and the husband of that family, along with our daughters)

Anyway, since we can't help them under the guise of 'gift giving' this holiday season and they won't go to anyone(or charity group) for help (not that they come to us...I am not sure I am making sense, let me know if I need to clarify) My Husband and I felt that since we were so blessed with a holiday for our family, that it wouldn't be right for us not to at least ask if there was someone who could act as an anonymous angel for our friends by supplying gifts or gift cards (or money for us to purchase gift cards if that would be easier) for their children and them, if you don't mind my DH and I acting as intermediaries.

I don't know if I explained this well...I am having a bad week (my RA is keeping me a bit off my feed the last few days) so please ask if you need me to clarify.

Please PM me if you could help or are interested in helping...even a little bit would be a miracle for them,

--Aileene

my email is aileene25@hotmail.com if that would be easier.

Date Posted: 12/5/2009 4:18 AM ET
Member Since: 12/1/2008
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Dear Aileene,

I would like to do tailyghans for this family but I fear I will not be able to make 5 in short time.  Do you think something such as a scarf for the adults and small quilts for the kids would be wanted?  If not needed or wanted I will pledge a $25 gift card if you let me know what store to get it from?  I live in Oregon and we have Winco , Safeway and Roths grocery stores.  Im not sure if you have them or should I send a Walmart one?  Please let me know.

 

April ( tailyanker)

Aileene - ,
Date Posted: 12/5/2009 10:41 AM ET
Member Since: 10/30/2009
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I pm'd you April :) Thank you so much.

I thought I would add this since we(they) got the news just a couple days ago, but it looks like B. (husband's friend, father of the family) has a job offer, it won't start until mid January, so things will be tighter than tight for them until sometime in the spring as they play catch up, but this job has excellent benefits and pays very well. So for everyone who has been praying or even thinking of them in the time since I posted...its worked lol.

So while things are still tough and will be for a while for them, they have a rather bright light at the end of the tunnel. (Especially since their household just grew by two lol)

--Aileene

Date Posted: 12/5/2009 2:38 PM ET
Member Since: 12/1/2008
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That is great to hear.  It is a little easier to get through the hard times when you can see light at the end of the tunnel