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$0.99 Teacher Gifts & "Needy" Children

December 7th, 2013 at 02:30 pm

The one item that I have had my DH pick up for me on Black Friday the past few years has been the $0.99 poinsettias from Home Depot.

This year I used them as gifts for DD's teachers.
She was embarrassed to carry a bunch of plants to school yesterday morning. I told her to get over it!
She doesn't think anyone gives teacher gifts now in middle school - it's not "cool". I told her it is important to recognize the efforts of teachers and appreciate them. (My mom is a teacher, so maybe I feel more strongly than most.) And all DD's teachers seem really on top of things and good.


DS's preschool had a "giving tree" for a local community school that serves special needs, at risk and low income children. Last week I chose two disadvantaged children to buy gifts for. My first pass through the names/wishes made me cry - very sad situations - homeless, parents in jail, etc.. Gift wishes were very simple; books, art supplies, dolls, Transformers..

I picked siblings - a nine year old brother (NERF stuff) and six year old sister (American Girl type doll & Mickey ears).

I purchased their wish list items with the Sapphire card and spent $97 total. We will get the gifts wrapped up this weekend so I can deliver them to DS's school on Monday.

Working on getting lots done before our big trip! Big Grin

4 Responses to “$0.99 Teacher Gifts & "Needy" Children”

  1. Buendia Says:

    We have a giving tree, too, arranged by one of the moms whose husband is in the fire dept (it's arranged by the fire dept - and they come on their truck to pick up the gifts). Three of us moms were crying around the tree the other day. We don't know the situations, but just the names and what they want, and the thought that we have so much, and others have nothing. We picked an 8 year old boy; he said "any toy." I got a remote control car and snap circuits (a toy my daughter and her guy friends loved!).

    And I agree with you about teacher gifts! We pool money in our class for a gift card, but my daughter always makes them a little something, too. I make her write a card telling them how much she appreciates them (and she really does - they are amazing!).

  2. ThriftoRama Says:

    Yeah. We do a giving tree and it's always hard. Ours are mostly elderly and shut ins, and the lists are so small-- lotion, or hats and gloves. It reminds you of how lucky we all are.

  3. HouseHopeful Says:

    I wish we had something similar through my work. A previous employer did a program like that, but not my current one. So I try to utilize sales/ect to send some 'wish list' items to a local women's shelter.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    You are kind...both to teachers and children.

    Our school adopts three families at Christmas and they receive a laundry basket of items including clothes and toys and the families are unaware of where these gifts came from. Our church puts together shoeboxes of little toys and small items like socks for the local food pantry to hand out...each box has a child's age and gender on it.

    All of these and so much more bless those who have so much less.

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