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  • westernwake1 Dec 14, 7:52 p.m.

    The WRAL's annual Coats for the Children program is great event that helps the community. I urge people to give. Keep in mind that many children receive these coats that very much need them to be warm.

  • froggygirl Dec 14, 2:57 p.m.

    Don't begrudge this woman. These days, any of us could need help. I've been there. Some people implied that I was lazy--nope, just unemployed and looking hard for work. I'm doing all right now, but I really feel for her. Why doesn't someone give this lady a break and help her find a professional position?

  • working for deadbeats Dec 14, 12:23 p.m.

    Why are people having children and families that they darn well know they can't afford to raise. I pay full price day care and next to the full price check box is a little credit card machine for benefit card swipes. Nice...

  • anne53ozzy Dec 13, 6:18 p.m.

    I give to the Coats program every year. It is so important that kids, and especially teens, have something to wear that they are proud of.

  • raleighlynn Dec 13, 5:29 p.m.

    I would encourage everyone to be on the lookout for families that might fall in the cracks, too proud to ask for help, but needy nonetheless. I can remember many years ago (30) when two of my children had to share one coat. The child without a coat was bundled in sweatshirts. Dinner was rice and Koolaid. Things got better, but I am always on the lookout for families in need. They are right in your own neighborhood.

  • superman Dec 13, 4:36 p.m.

    Yes well...in a perfect world, and easier said than done, especially since so many people have to live paycheck to paycheck. Bewitched

    People have no problem with $150 a month cable tv, a couple cell phones, 2 or 3 cars and then have to live week to week. I am financially independent. I worked two jobs 60 hours a week for over 20 years so please dont expect sympathy. Most people just dont know the difference in what they need or what they want.

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Dec 13, 4:31 p.m.

    It's sad that we can't use the word Christmas or Urban "Ministries" or North Carolina National Guard Family Support Group - all of whom we've helped this year, because we might offend someone. Who are these people who are offended that people choose to help others? What is our nation coming to when our 'leaders' can tell us what to eat, what we can say, who we can hire, how much of our money we can keep, and now who we can help? Why anyone would choose to give up freedoms in return for the government taking over our personal responsibilities is reason enough to take away their right to vote and their right to receive tax-payer assistance.

  • superman Dec 13, 4:30 p.m.

    My house is paid for. I have 3 cars that are all paid for. I dont owe anything on my credit card and I have a 3 figure amount in my savings account. I get cash back on my credit card several times a year. If I need or want anything I shop at the thrift stores. I "ain't" too proud to save money. I like wearing a coat that looks new that was only $5. Waste not--want not! You make bad choices when you spend all or more than you have and dont save for tomorrow.

  • Bewitched Dec 13, 4:21 p.m.

    "....People would be so much better off if they stayed out of debt, cut up their plastic money, and put away money to get them through a rough patch. - whatelseisnew"

    Yes well...in a perfect world, and easier said than done, especially since so many people have to live paycheck to paycheck.

  • trhendersonnc Dec 13, 4:06 p.m.

    If we can find fault with someone in dire straits, then we can reassure ourselves it would never happen to us. Then again, some people always make the exact right choices so bad things never happen to them.

  • whatelseisnew Dec 13, 2:43 p.m.

    It is more the reality of too many people living well outside their means. It just does not seem to occur to people that the money that is coming in today, may end at some point unexpectedly. People would be so much better off if they stayed out of debt, cut up their plastic money, and put away money to get them through a rough patch.

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