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  • extrablessingsnc Dec 7, 2011

    @memangum- go to salvation army of wake county website and click on the calendar on the left. Click on the distribution days on the calendar and it brings up information on how to volunteer for distribution days.

  • memangum Dec 6, 2011

    My 13 yo saw this story and asked that we donate new toys for his Christmas present. He has collected new toys and money for new toys. Left a message at the Wake Forest Rd. Salvation Army because his only request was to help on distribution day. Still haven't heard from them. My dining room is full of toys, you need to call us!!!

  • scotlandlover Nov 30, 2011

    My kids have been doing jobs around the house so they can give each other a present.After seeing this report,I'm going to ask that they use the money I give themfrom these chores to buy a toy for a child for Christmas.I know my kids Connery,Ross and Highland will be glad that they gave.They have big hearts!

  • storchheim Nov 29, 2011

    NCCarGuy, where do you think the govt gets the money to take care of them?

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Nov 29, 2011

    The government is more content than ever to take care of these people, time to let them.

  • storchheim Nov 29, 2011

    Going from place to place to collect multiple times is the same mentality that takes cash under the table while crying at the ER that you're unemployed. They know exactly what they're doing.

  • storchheim Nov 29, 2011

    Statick, it's not a bad lesson for kids to learn early: if you live in poverty, you don't get the PS3 and Xbox.

    Hey, my parents never bought me a pony or even riding lessons because they frittered my dad's earnings on mortgage, food, clothing, utilities, and education for us - and for themselves so they could get better jobs.

  • storchheim Nov 29, 2011

    Interesting about the Las Vegas ID requirement. Did the story say why? What are your thoughts? Mine was "to stop illegals from collecting", but not at all sure.

    Too many of "the needy" have an entitlement attitude bred into them from being privileged to "have" without earning. Perhaps we should consider them the privileged class.

    This year, I'm making my personal "needy" protege work for some Xmas cash, which I will direct him to spend on gifts for his family. I always buy him stuff anyway, so he won't do without. But he's old enough to understand 1) helping the old lady who could really use a hand on a couple of tasks; 2) money can be earned, not just direct-deposited from someone else's work; 3) what you have, you share. And unfortunately he's not learning this at home.

  • Starlight Lady Nov 29, 2011

    I used to get 2 angels from the SA angel tree every year and I'd buy one toy, one set of everyday clothes, and one set of dressy clothes for each, and maybe socks and underwear. I'm not sure I can afford it this year. Plus the story last year about the SA not having any guidelines for applying to the program (like income verification) it left a bad taste in my mouth. I am planning on several small things for Toys for Tots and I am looking into adopting a "grandparent". It's my good deed and if they are frauds and liars, it's on their soul not mine.

  • nashville Nov 29, 2011

    I'm done donating.Seen to me folks out there driving nicer cars, have all the electronic devices you can buy but when they go to the store they pull out that WIC card.

  • CestLaVie Nov 29, 2011

    artist & Da Toy Maker: We are thinking alike. Why 2-3 gifts per child? I think it's a bit overboard & a result of the assumed entitlements many are living on today. One toy should be plenty; put the rest of your donation into food.....good, solid food, not junk food.

    So overall, this article didn't arouse much sympathy from me. I'm not into excess for myself; why should I help others get there? I'll look for other ways to help those truly needy & hurting & discouraged.

  • Nancy Nov 29, 2011

    What has been put in place to stop some from going place to place to collect toys from various charities? I do recall reading how this was a problem in the past.

  • artist Nov 29, 2011

    "In order to give each child two or three gifts, the Salvation Army needs to collect 24,000 toys in the next two weeks."

    American greed... even for the poor. Why not just give ONE gift per child so you can make lots more kids happy?

    Oh... that's right... the parents have no responsibility to actually provide any gifts. Sorry. I almost had a rational moment.

  • Mrs.DarylDixon Nov 29, 2011

    about 10 years ago i went to a dance club in raleigh that had a $20 cover charge, OR you could bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots and get in for free. (i brought a Mr. Potato Head:) events like this are a great way to get people involved in helping their community, and to have fun while theyre at it.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 29, 2011

    It's much better to work year round and help to actually SOLVE society's problems that put people in these situations instead of fighting this and having no concern or sympathy for the poor until December.

    It's like you guys perpetudate the problem and then use this month to feel good about the damage you do. I mean, why not REALLY help the poor, help solve the poverty problem, instead of just giving them a band-aid?

  • Statick Nov 29, 2011

    Okay, I'm donating ASAP. I just hope the kiddies aren't looking for an XBox or a PS3. I can't afford to donate anything that expensive. Sorry.

  • genralwayne Nov 29, 2011

    "Are there no prisons? And the union workhouses - are they still in operation? From what you said at first I was afraid that something had happened to stop them in their useful course."

    One of Scrooge's finer moments, to be sure...

    The sooner people wake up and abandon this "Gimme Gimme" commercialism, the better off we'll all be. Dickens should have been flogged for turning a sensible, hard-working business owner into a Socialist pawn.

  • Caveman93 Nov 29, 2011

    We can spend $5+ billion on black Friday and another $5 billion on Cyber Monday. It's all that matters anymore. Sic

  • Da Toy Maker Nov 29, 2011

    Just read on the Yahoo News yesterday or the day before:
    Charities in Las Vegas area requiring State issued ID or SS Card for the Charity recipients. Personally have mix feeling about this.

    We donate most to the Helping Hand Mission in Downtown Raleigh & United Way mainly.

    Why do they think each child needs 2 to 3 gifts?? Again, just my personal thought.

    Definitely agree there are a lot of families in need now more than ever. A lot of these families would have never imaged they would be in this situation. We the fortunate ones just need to do our best to help them.

    God bless everyone in this season!

  • MyKidRox Nov 29, 2011

    This story takes me back to the day that my fiancee and I drove our gifts to the 'needy' family we adopted from the Salvation Army. They had far more than we did at that time. The kicker for me was seeing the gaming system, Dish Network box and the HUGE television that I certainly couldn't afford. But we were young and eager to give back a little of our very meager good fortune. The children were pushy, greedy and rude and I didn't feel the least bit bad when we didn't unload EACH gift out of the trunk of the car. We took the leftover gifts to a family that we learned had lost everything in a fire. They were very poor yet kind, mannerly and so gracious. I agree with CaryDaddy...stop enabling the able! I do feel empathy for the kids and adults that get nothing when they truly need it. But some of us got burned and are afraid to donate now. My family now finds more creative ways to assist the needy.

  • Caveman93 Nov 29, 2011

    I am donating my time, skills and labor to a charity this holiday. 8 months being unemployed's all I can do for now.

  • ncdixie1 Nov 29, 2011

    IMHO The people who give a lot are now needy. They need jobs and 40 hrs. This economy is hurtful to many. I love this!, "time to stop enabling the able and truly help those who need it."

  • carydaddy Nov 29, 2011

    Here is something charities can do this season: thoroughly vet people who are looking to obtain free gifts for their children this Christmas. It isn't easy work, but by identifying who the truly needy are and eliminating everyone else, I believe that the gift inventory available will match the need.

    Like others have mentioned, we're well aware that the posers are out there. It is time to stop enabling the able and truly help those who need it.

  • westernwake1 Nov 28, 2011

    sicsempertyrannis - That's exactly what I think when I see the pictures of charity give-aways on TV. These people have smart phones, and better cars than me that they are loading all of their loot into.

    I understand that there are families that are facing food, clothing, and shelter issues in our current economic environment. I guess the best thing still to do is to donate charities that truly reach out to families that need help. However the media filming at the mass "giveaway" events is not helping people be charitable.

  • sicsempertyrannis Nov 28, 2011

    It's sad for the truly needed but I think the American people are tired of giving to the lazy posing as needy and when I see the lines of folks waiting for free stuff standing there on their smart phones it angers me.

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