Under the Tree

by Janice

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Jackson came home from school singing Christmas carols today.

His sweet voice brought me right into the holiday spirit.

Kids are in love with Christmas. They believe in its magic, even if they can’t understand what it is all about.

Whether it is a toddler transfixed by glowing Christmas ornaments, a four year old climbing on Santa’s lap to whisper her biggest wish, or a seven year old gently laying baby Jesus in the Nativity scene, kids tingle with hope at Christmas time.

This Christmas, we get to sprinkle some Christmas hope and joy out into the community with our first annual Under The Tree program.

Under the Tree is about getting some of that Christmas magic (bloggy style!) right to some families who need it!

And here is how we are going to do it — with your help of course. :)

We will be choosing several families to sponsor this Christmas.

The wonderful companies who are taking part in our Christmas Giveaway 2008 are donating items for our sponsored families.

So, in addition to providing prizes for our readers to win by commenting on the individual reviews, the companies participating in the Christmas Giveaway 2008 are providing presents to these selected families who are in need this Christmas.

We are so blessed to partner with such generous companies.

We know there is so much need out there, especially in these difficult economic times, but through Under the Tree, we hope we can share the spirit of Christmas and ease the burden from some families who just don’t know how they will be able to provide presents for their children this Christmas.

How you can help?

If you know a family who will not be able to provide presents for their children this Christmas, please nominate them in the comments below or send a private email to us at info(at)5minutesformom(dot)com.

Please leave personal information, such as last names, out of your nomination, but do include the number and ages of the children.

It’s going to be very tough narrowing the nominees down to just a few families. But due to the fact that we only have a limited number of gifts, we will have to make those hard decisions.

Since we do not want to disappoint anyone, please do not let the families know that you are nominating them. If we choose them, we will contact you to verify the details and then determine if the families want to accept the gifts.

Please note that we will also not post personal information about the families that we select. We’d like to keep it as private as possible.

We will do our best to match presents to children according to their age and gender, therefore the families we choose may be determined by the suitability of the gifts we have.

We will keep the nominations open until November 20th, 2008.

under tree girl 125x125Please feel free to also post one of our Under The Tree buttons on your blog or site. Click here to get the button codes. We greatly appreciate you spreading the word and commenting here to show your support.

Your enthusiasm for Under the Tree and for the participating companies generosity helps pave the way for future projects!

THANK YOU for helping us transform these families’ holiday season into a time of blessing and excitement!



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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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1 Courtney November 6, 2008 at 9:20 am

I added a button to my page. I think this is such a great cause. My mom and i use to pick a name of the giving tree each year and it was an experiance i will never forget. Nothing say Christmas more than giving to those who need.

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2 Jennifer McCullar November 6, 2008 at 10:26 am

How wonderful to care for others in a time of need. One day we could find ourself in the same position. My family learned that last year, with a new baby, my husband job closed. It got scary & sad. $10.00 was all we had for food one week after I bought my Baby’s Needed items. Happy to report with a little help from family & he found another job & it was closer to home & things are better. You just don’t ever really know how it feels or what it means. I’ve added yall to my site & keep up the good work.

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3 Debbie November 6, 2008 at 10:52 am

It was March and my neighbor was pregnant with her fourth child. She was about a month away from delivery and one day she was taking a shower and passed out. She was taken to the hospital and due to some complications her and her baby died that day. She left a husband and three children, a 9 year old girl, a 8 year old girl and a 3 year old boy. Husband is self-employed and had no insurance and his wife pretty much ran the books of the business. He was left to figure out the books, clean, cook and raise three children by himself. I still get tears in my eyes thinking about the situation and how tragic and unexpected her death was. I know he would appreciate any type of help this Christmas.

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4 SJ November 6, 2008 at 12:27 pm

I’d like to nominate my sister and her 5 year old daughter. My sister is a newly single Mom and is having some financial troubles. If she and her daughter were selected, it would mean the world to her.

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5 Jerri Ann November 6, 2008 at 2:42 pm

I have added a button in my sidebar as well as written a post that is to go live after 5 PM today. I’m having a hard time keep enough time between blog posts for reviews and normal stuff and this is way to important for it to get lost in the shuffle. So, I post dated it for this afternoon so it will stay up all night and part of tomorrow. And, of course, like I said, the button is in my sidebar.

I have numerous blogs (10 to be exact) and I’m going to go ahead and put the button in the sidebar of those as well even if I don’t put a full post.

This is great and my post explains why I’m so fond of these kinds of acts at Christmas.

Thanks to you!

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6 Christy M. November 6, 2008 at 3:00 pm

I just posted about Under the Tree on my blog AND added the fabulous button ;)

Janice and Susan, you are truly amazing women and I admire you for all the love you are spreading this holiday season!!!

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7 I'm The Mom November 6, 2008 at 4:34 pm

This is wonderful. I have your button on my sidebar and posted on my blog about this. Emailed my nomination to you also.

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8 AggieMomof2 November 6, 2008 at 5:08 pm

I know a lovely Christian family with three beautiful girls ages 6,4 and 2. The oldest is a special needs child. This family has been struggling for the last few years and I know anything for their girls would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for such an amazing program!

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9 Jamie November 6, 2008 at 5:38 pm

I Twittered this…great idea!!!

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10 DJ November 6, 2008 at 8:30 pm

The buttons are up, this is a wonderful gift for a family in need. I’m sure choosing will be difficult.

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11 Janet F November 7, 2008 at 4:50 am

I added the buttons to my blog.

I think this is a wonderful way to help others.

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12 Kris November 7, 2008 at 9:59 am

I added the buttons to my blog and will email my nomination later.

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13 stampedwithgrace November 7, 2008 at 10:23 am

what a great idea! I’ve added the button and blogged about it and I sent you and email with a nomination :)

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14 Kristie November 7, 2008 at 1:01 pm

What a wonderful thing you are doing! I blogged about it at my site and I have a couple of your buttons :-)

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15 Simply Sarah November 7, 2008 at 3:11 pm

I found this site thru another blog and am so grateful I did. I am definitely adding the banner to my blog and I will email you a nomination for a local family.

It is great to see that there are still those helping others during this difficult time. Great job!

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16 Rita Kent November 7, 2008 at 8:32 pm

I would love to participate in giving and also to nominate a family. I have a sibling living in Plano, Texas who continually updates me on a family he knows whose daughter is Two and has brain cancer. The other night she was vomitting profusely and the family brought her to Dallas Childrens’ Hospital. The family was told that Sadie had suffered two strokes and that she was not going to make it through. Well, Little 2-year old Sadie is a fighter and wants to live. From ICU instead of passing from the strokes and brain cancer, she began kicking and fighting for her life. She is still alive and battling brain cancer and the strokes. This family has been going in and out of the hospital with Sadie for a full year now. I’m sure they are not only physically and emotionally exhausted, but also going through some financial hardships due to costly medical expenses. Even though I only met Little Sadie once, my heart bleeds for this little girl and her family. I would love to nominate them and watch Christmas come alive for them filled with a day of excitement and gratitude and hope. If you cannot choose Sadie and her family, I ask you all to keep Sadie in your prayers and prayer that they have the courage and fortitude to overcome this terrible time in their life. Thank you for what you are about to do. Sincerely, Rita @ TesoroFino.blogspot.com

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17 Rita Kent November 7, 2008 at 8:39 pm

Just left a nomination above this comment and now I would also like to donate to the cause. Please let me know how to go about that.

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18 Kristin November 8, 2008 at 2:18 am

I will help spread the word, button is up ladies!

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19 qtpies7 November 8, 2008 at 2:11 pm

There is a mom who is single and her 3 year old son’s father not only doesn’t pay child support, he wants nothing to do with his young son.
She recently put out a plea for any ideas on how to make Christmas special for her son without money on a community I belong to. It would be nice to be able to give them a treat this year.

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20 amy November 8, 2008 at 3:06 pm

I dont know if it is allowed but my family could use the help with Christmas. I have 4 chilren and I stay home with them so we do not have to pay for daycare since that would be outragous…my hubby just got a major pay cut (instead of being laid off) and they decreased his hours…I would appreciate any help big or small my children could get…

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21 Mia November 8, 2008 at 9:00 pm

This is so wonderful. There are so many deserving families out there.

I have subscribed to your site.
I have posted about this and included the button in that post.
I have also added the button to my sidebar of my blog.

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22 Ozmee November 9, 2008 at 9:55 am

Hello I do have a family to suggest. Mom separated from husband and unable to work. Girl age 13, girl age 7, boy age 5, girl age 2. One child is disabled. Family has extremely low income and all children have ADHD and other problems. They can use all the help they can get. Thank you.

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23 carla wall November 9, 2008 at 10:09 am

i am a single mom of 4 children ages 9 a girl,8 aboy,6 aboy,and 5,aboy 2 of my children are in therapy twice a week for damaged that is caused by a divorce three years ago and the damage their father is still doing to them.My 8 year old has adhd and is currently taking meds.My other boy age 6 just been diagnosed with adhd as well.I work a seasonal job and only make around 18,000 a year and sometimes have to borrow or use resources for food and basic nessesities.I would rather do without for my children always come first,and with all that they have been through christmas is the one way i can show my children how much they are appreciated.This christmas however i fear i will be laid off right before christmas and hope to have at least one gift under our tree for them,that is if i can get a tree to even put up.Please consider us when making a decision i know my children will be more then gratefull for the help.

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24 Jamie Schumann November 9, 2008 at 10:58 am

I am nominating my nephews and my brother-in-law for “Under the Tree”. My sister passed away this last April at the age of 31, leaving a husband, 5 year old, and 6 year old without a mother. I want to ensure that these boys do not miss out on the magic of Christmas any more than they have already missed out on having a mother to share their experiences with. RJ just turned 7 and Mike just turned 6. Their father, Rick, continues to work hard being the best father for these 2 boys. Do not let this Christmas be a year of pain for them. Let it be filled with memories and surprises so they can all continue to grieve and heal.

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25 Rona November 9, 2008 at 11:09 am

It’s very important to my family to participate in this project, due to the fact that we’ve been in these families situation.
I’m proud to say we survived, grew stronger and more humble from our circumstances.
It’s our mission, in our lives, to assist needy families and charities in anyway that we can.
I’ve added your button to our blog. And I will speak with my family regarding families, that we know of that we could nominate.
Thank you ladies for all the great contest but I must say this project has warmed my heart deeply.

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26 Rhonda Mason November 9, 2008 at 1:38 pm

Thanks so much. I would like to nominate a family with 3 children. Both parents are out of work, though he does odd jobs in exchange for wood to burn this winter. The children are beautiful (aren’t they all) and have never had a lot, but this Christmas will be more bleak than ever.Last Christmas was spent with their son Detric age 8 in a hospital, so the family was strewn all over the place. They were hoping for a better year this year.They have a daughter Kiyalynn- 12 who is ADH and another daughter JadaMae who is 7, who is a bubbly ball of laughter! These kids have never had electronic toys that a lot of kids have, but are so thrilled with a new book or new gloves that it actually hurts to see. Almost everything they ever had was hand me downs and thift shop buys. But they are so happy with those that it breaks my heart. If there is any help for them it would be more than appreciated. I recently asked them what they wanted for Christmas…Kiya said boots and a diary, Detric wants a Spiderman hat and action figure and Jada wants books and sneakers. It doesn’t seem like a lot but when you are worried if they can stay warm and fed it sounds like a mountain to high to climb! God Bless you.
hondaray6 at hotmail dot com

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27 oh amanda November 10, 2008 at 3:14 pm

What a great idea! I’m putting up the button now!

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28 Just Jamie November 10, 2008 at 6:13 pm

Fantastic! I’ll add right now.

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29 Kori November 10, 2008 at 6:36 pm

I just added a button to my site; what a great idea!

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30 April November 10, 2008 at 6:47 pm

I nominate Kori of korij.blogspot.com!!

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31 Trisha November 10, 2008 at 9:48 pm

I want to nominate my sister she is a singel mom whos been unemployed for a year now last Christmas we all got together and helped but this year is different we all seem to be struggling I know I can afford some for my own but i know my sister cant afford anything for her son who is 10 he is great kid he has had perfect attendance the past 2 years in school and is trying for it again he is the type of child that anything the smallest thing a piece of candy is the biggest thing for him I want to make my newphews Christmas a brighter one and this year I cant do it alone Asking for anyones help Thank you Trisha

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32 Kat November 10, 2008 at 10:43 pm

What an awesome project! Such a great idea.
I’m on my way to post the badge. :)

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33 Rona November 11, 2008 at 1:23 am

We have a homeless family that has 2 children. One 16 year old teenage son and a 7 year old son.
They’re part of that group – middle income homeless. Makes too much money to qualify for social services but has the need.

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34 Becky Lewis November 11, 2008 at 1:24 am

I don’t know that I can nominate my very own family but I’m going to in the vent you will allow this.
My husband has cancer, renal failure, had dialysis and Musuclar Dystrophy which adds to the complex issue. He is in Radiation and Chemotherapy and travels every day to SLC every day. (that is about 1 hr 15 min away from our home. Needless to say he can no longer work and we are hopeful for his recovery. His Cancer is Stage 4 Prostate Cancer that is spread out of the prostate.
We have 2 girls still at home out of 13 children. They are such generous, loving young women that I KNOW if they get up on Christmas and there is near nothing under the tree, they will handle it. However, as a mom, it will be hard for me.
17 & 15 are their ages and both girls. They are so easy to please that they will appreciate ANYTHING that is wrapped up with their name.
I will post the badge (I must confess that this is sometimes not an easy task for me).

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35 Fabiola Calderon November 11, 2008 at 4:44 pm

I would like to nominate my aunt. She’s a single parent living in housing. She has financial problems so getting gifts for her chilren is going to be a challenge she will be very grateful for this

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36 Deborah November 11, 2008 at 6:29 pm

I would like to nominate the Youth Pastor at my church. He lost his job over a month ago (his full-time job, the pastoring job doesn’t really pay much). He has worked a week or two at temp jobs but is having a hard time. He has a wife, a 3 year old boy and a 1 year old daughter. They are already behind on their rent. I know they won’t have any spare cash for Christmas this year.

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37 Stephanie November 11, 2008 at 10:01 pm

What a fantastic program! I love that you’re giving back to families in need…and kudos to all of the sponsors for jumping in to support the cause!

I blogged about this contest today as part of my Tuesday Tours column: http://metropolitanmama.net/2008/11/tuesday-tours-whats-happening-on-the-web-42/.

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38 Tracey November 12, 2008 at 2:53 pm

I’m a subscriber, but my blog is currently on hiatus. I think this is a TERRIFIC idea, as this is a harder year than previously, even with gas prices dropping, and many families are going to have a hard time putting anything under the tree at all.

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39 Jennifer Midgett November 13, 2008 at 12:33 pm

I have twin boys turning 4 December 22 so I am already behind on gifts…since their birthdays fall so close to Christmas I have two parties to plan!!! I have actively been seeking work with no luck…my husband does what he can but since his Christmas bonus has been taken away we will not be able to afford things this year. I have tried to teach my kids the honor and the kindness it takes to give away their things to make people happy. This year is a very important year, its the first year my grandfather will not be with us and I know they miss him dearly. I want them to know that not only does Santa exist but the love and care that they get is genuine. Christmas should not be about receiving but giving and if I had anything to give I would. But this year I ask for my children…I dont want them to suffer because we cant afford the things to see their faces light up. Please consider us for the gracious prize and when I get back on my feet I will be sure to pass this kindness on!

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40 zaesmommie November 13, 2008 at 1:47 pm

Hi, I’d like to nominate my sweet son. He is 3 1/2. I am a single parent and a college student. My son has had a pretty tough year, getting diagnosed with adhd, odd, and finding out he has a severe hearing loss. I would just really like my son to have a nice christmas he deserves. I don’t have alot of money,($83 every two weeks) but i’d like a little help just so he can get something fun for christmas. Thank you for your consideration. I hope it wasn’t too selfish to nominate my son.

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41 RAdonna lemons November 13, 2008 at 6:07 pm

ok so i have never done one of these before but im hoping for the best….so here is my story.about 2 years ago my 18 year old daughter was date raped about 3 months after she found out news that would change her life sooner than expected..SHE WAS PREGNAT AT 18..now i know lots of young moms but she is so diffent she could of stayed at home and just lived off of me and her daddy…her baby was due right befor christmas of 2007…well little peyton made his entrance on dec 12 of 2007 via c-section…brittany has now moved out on her own she is trying to finish her second year of nusing school she lives 2 hours away from any family…my little grandson needs christmas this year he will be a year old..and brittany so deseves it she works so hard and everything she does she does for peyton!it would be such a blessing just to see her smile she has endured so much this last 2 years…thank you and god bless!
-radonna-

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42 Colleen November 13, 2008 at 9:48 pm

I would like to nominate a woman who has been working as a kindegarten assistant for several years. Just recently she has been suffering from a still undiagnosed illness and is unable to work. When she isn’t working, she does not get paid. Her husband is also unemployed. She has an 8 year old son and it would mean everything to her if he had some presents under the tree. Thanks for considering this family.

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43 Shirley November 14, 2008 at 11:10 am

I would love to get help for christmas my husband got laid off Oct 24 th and will not get to go back to work till the first of the year we have 3 kids boy 16 and another boy 11 and a speical little girl that we are rasing as are own she was abused when she was only 10 weeks old by her bil father and then 4 months later she was starved by the bil mother we have had her since she was 7 months old she is 2 now We could use some help for christmas cause my husband does not draw very much on unemployment he draws enough to make the bills we have no extra at all. I hope we can get some help for are kids.

THANK YOU

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44 Kristin November 14, 2008 at 11:23 am

I would like to nominate my younger sister and her 2 year old son. She is going through a divorce and she can only work part time as no daycare is open past 5pm. This Christmas is going to be very hard on her little boy as she barely makes enough to cover rent and electric.
I will definately pass this on

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45 raddpt November 14, 2008 at 9:25 pm

I would like to nominate my cousins family, her husband works in a trailor plant and his hours have been cut way back because of the economy. The company is producing few trailors because of slow sales. He carries their health insurance so he is trying to stay there and work when they will let him. She is working at a gas station and at a construction site cleaning up after the construction crews to try to make ends meet for them and their 3 children. Their sons are ages 10 and 11 and their daughter is 8. They are getting bills paid but I know will struggle to buy presents at Christmas for the kids. They are very proud and would not ask for help so I would like to do so for them. I pray that God will bless your work here. This will be the miracle that some of theses families are praying for. Thanks again!

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46 Jen November 16, 2008 at 9:11 pm

This is a fabulous idea! I placed your button on my blog. :)

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47 vicky November 17, 2008 at 12:31 am

Our family is going thru such a hard time this year. My husband had lost his job and finally got one. We are fighting to keep our truck and I pray that we can hold on. My mom has been sick. I had been working but the job did not work out and we have moved in to help my mom. My kids are 6 a boy and 4 a girl. It is going to be a really tight christmas and this would help so much

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48 Pamela Vest November 17, 2008 at 1:09 am

I have a family I would like to nominate. Here is the story of little Kaden Bennington. Little Kaden was born into this world so sadly. His mother has 4 other children and did not want this one. She tried to miscarry him, but he proved to be a fighter (he was born perfectly healthy no thanks to his mom). Kaden’s father did not care, all he could think about was his next fix. When Kaden was just 2 years old his mother (egg donor) ran off with her other children and left him with his drug addict father (sperm donor). Kaden’s paternal grandparents stepped in and to care for Kaden. Thru the mercies of God and the Scioto County courts Kaden was adopted by his grandparents Ernie and Kathy Bennington) and all should have been well. His new dad was working and his new mom loving. Then the rug was yanked out from under them. Kaden’s new dad was diagnosed with end stage renal cancer that had mastisized into tumors. Ernie has a tumor that runs down his sternum to his tail bone. There is nothing that can be done except try to control his pain. The family is having so many financial problems, for Ernie was the only source of income they had. They are now waiting on SS to make a decision. They have lost their home and had to move in with Kadne’s great aunt. Ernie is not expected to live until Christmas. I do not forsee any christmas gifts for Little Kaden. My heart breaks for this little boy. You see Ernie is my uncle (my mom’s brother) so I know first hand of this sorrow. They are now living with my mother who has a fixed income herself. It takes all we can to help them pay for the day to day expenses let alone anthing else. If Ernie does pass away before his SSA get approved I am not sure what they are gonna do. As well being fasted with this situation they are having to try to make arrangements for the funeral when the time comes. That is not cheap. I just do not see any happy holiday out come for this little boy without your help. He has been thru so much already. I truly hope he get s some type of happiness soon. If you should decide to follow up on this feel free to contact me for my phone number to discuss this further. I can then provide you with the phone number to reach this family. Thank you so much.

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49 Jenna November 17, 2008 at 11:29 am

I have a family to nominate. Judy is 33 years old and facing cancer. She has 4 children – 13-year-old daughter, 11-year-old son, boy and girl twins who are 10 years old.

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50 Jeni November 17, 2008 at 11:29 am

I would like to nominate A friend she has 5 kids A girl 9 has cystic fibrosis and is in and out of the hospital she is on the lung transplant list for 2 years, and she has A boy 7 who also has cystic fibrosis,another boy 6,boy 5 and a boy who is 4 and also has cystic fibrosis she is a stay at home mom because of the cystic fibrosis they have a lot of meds and treatments and bills Her hubby works but only enought to pay bills. Thanks for this Program

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51 Tracy November 17, 2008 at 12:16 pm

I think this is a great cause. I would like to nominate my cousin and her children. She is 25 and has three children. Her son is 4 and her daughters are almost 2 and 9 months. She and her husband were doing okay until he was arrested. Now she is raising three young children on her pay alone. It would be great if her children could have a great Christmas this year.

I know it will be a hard choice picking families since there are so many who really need some help making their kids Christmas great this year.

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52 just a neighborhood November 18, 2008 at 12:31 pm

hi we are nominating alady in our neighberhood for christmas for her and her 6 children and handycapped brother she is always there for us no matter what it may be a ride to the doctors or to the coner store she never ask for anything in return some of us think of her our angle though she has a family she always hepls us and right now she doesnot know were christmas is coming this year so if u can find it in your hearts to help this amazing women and her family itwouldbe great to help a angle that helps us i mean her true name by birth should realy say it all her name is tenderly love montalvo of new bedford mass

thank you her neighbors pss she does not know i used her own lap top to do this i told her i just wanted to look up something soe her email i will leave her address

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53 Nan November 18, 2008 at 1:05 pm

Please consider my sister-in-law for this wonderful program, and thank you for bringing happiness to some deserving families this year.

My sister-in-law moved her two younger children out of town with her in order to escape a physically abusive marriage. She has been living in an apartment for the last few months and working at a good job, but health issues caused her to leave that position. She is job-hunting, but Christmas can’t compete with the possibility of homelessness by January. Her oldest daughter is living with her father. Yesterday I learned that the father has just been laid off…so much for Christmas there…and their home will soon go into foreclosure if they cannot sell it quickly – unlikely in the current market. There are three girls in this family, ages 15, 7 and 4.

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54 Kim L. November 18, 2008 at 11:45 pm

I’d like to nominate a friend of mine. Her husband’s position was recently and rather suddenly eliminated. She is a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom so they are without income. They have 5 children, 3 girls 16, 14 and 8, and two boys 12 and 10. Her husband has been looking for a job for several weeks now, but so far nothing. She is working part time and their oldest daughter has also gone to work to help make ends meet. We are helping them out for Thanksgiving, but they have no money for Christmas presents for the children. They also have two children who have birthdays during the holidays, making things doubly hard. Thank you for your consideration!

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55 STEPHANIE CHRONISTER November 19, 2008 at 2:19 am

I would like to nominate my sister..she is an unemployed single mother of three gorgeous children and always has a smile on her face and makes the best of everything that comes her way..she has had lots of trouble trying to find an job in the imperial valley and has no car to get places…she has way too much pride and hates asking anybody for anything..I wish that something special would come her way for her and her kids..

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56 Tanika November 19, 2008 at 12:14 pm

I would like to nominate myself I am a single parent living pay check to pay check with no help at all from anyone right now I have no money for gas and I’m in between living at my mom and my sister’s house I have one son who I can barely provide a haircut for. My son doesn’t even have money for snacks at school. I have a great son but I don;t have any money to provide toys this christmas for him. God has just provided us with a apartment but have no furniture, but I’m still happy. We don’t even have food and the water and lights are not on yet, but I know that god will provide. Please help me put a smile on my son’s face.Thanks may god bless everyone

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57 tanika November 19, 2008 at 12:33 pm

I would like to nominate my self because right now im a single mom living pay check to pay check right now. Im living in between my mom and my sister. Somedays I don’t have money for gas or even have money to provide a basic haircut for my son or snacks money for school. I have a great son who’s seven and I won’t be able to provide anything for christmas for him. God has just blessed us with a apartment but the lights and water isn’t on yet and we have no furniture. But through it all I am happy that I have a place for me and my son. I know god will provide us with what ever we need. Thanks for reading my email

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58 skeet November 19, 2008 at 1:17 pm

I would like to nominate my family if possible !
My husband had surgery in June and is on temoprary disability ! I am a stay at home mom ,we have 3 children a boy age 2 ,a boy age 6 (he is ADHD with Bi-Polar tendency’s)and a daughter age 13 . We have been strugeling just to try to pay our bills .My Husband may return back to work this month ,but even if he does we still will not have money for christmas . With all the bills that have piled up in the past 6 months ,any pay we get will be used to get us caught back up !(so we dont loose our vehicle or home )
My husband had a total hip replacement done and the Dr. wants him on permanent disabilty but he (my husband) wont do it ! He is a good father that just wants his children happy ! He is afraid if goes on disaiblity we wont be able to provide for our kids ! Yes we do have a roof over our heads ,elect ,water ,ect .Children dont understand that and when they get up christmas morning and there is nothing under the tree they think it was them !
We have no family to turn to too for help as ALL the grandparents have passed on ,on both sides of the family.With there last Grandfather passing away only 2 weeks ago . (that makes it hard enough).
This is the first time we have ever had to ask for any help ! So Please take us into consideration and help provide a memoriable christmas for our kids ! Thank you ….

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59 Christina M November 20, 2008 at 1:11 am

What a great thing to do for someone! This year, my kids will not be able to experience “santa’ but thankfully, their grandmother will provide a gift for them. I am so happy for that. My husband lost his job and will be sent to back to Mexico for two months due to immigration.

Keep it up! Things like this put a smile on my face and hope in my heart!

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60 Jillien November 20, 2008 at 1:27 am

I would like to nominate my best friend and her 2 children 14 and 10. She and her children have had one heck of a year. She had to close down her in home day care and move do to the owner of her home stalking her and her children. Then hide out of the area because the police were no help. She is a wonderful mother and friend. Please help this family…

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61 Iris Ramos November 20, 2008 at 9:22 am

THIS MIGHT SOUND STRANGE BUT I WAS LOOKING FOR HELP ON THE INTERNET WHERE TO GET GIFTS FOR MY 3 CHILDREN AND I CAME TO UR WEBSITE. I KNOW SOMEONE IS SUPPOSE TO NOMINATE ME, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE MYSELF. IF I DONT GET CHOSEN ITS OK CAUSE GOD WILL SEE US THROUGH. MY HUSBAND AND I ARE HAVING A REALLY HARD YEAR IN SOUTH FLORIDA. WE COULD BARELY MAKE IT TO AFFORD TO LIVE IN OUR HOME SO WE HAD TO MOVE WITH MY LIL. BROTHER IN A SMALL ONE BEDROOM APT WITH THE 3 KIDS AND WE ARE SO TRYING TO MAKE IT WORK AND OF COURSE WE STILL HAVE BILLS AND HAVE TO HELP MY BROTHER WITH SHARE OF BILLS. WE ALSO FOUND OUT A FEW MONTHS AGO THAT BOTH OUR BOYS HAVE AUSTIC SPECTRUM WE ARE REALLY GOING THROUGH A HARD TIME RIGHT NOW AND I WOULD LOVE TO PUT A SMILE ON MY BABIES FACES. I HAVE ONE DARLING GIRL SAVANNAH SHE IS 9, I HAVE CHRISTIAN WHO IS 11 AND MY LAST NESTOR JR. HE IS 3 YRS OLD. YOU KNOW IM SO SAD RIGHT NOW CAUSE THIS IS THE TUFFEST TIME WE EVER HAD!!!:o(
AND MY KIDS DESERVE SO MUCH THEY ARE WONDERFUL KIDS AND JUST BECAUSE WE ARE STRUGGLING I DONT WANT THEM TO EVER FEEL SAD EVER! WE HAVE DECIDED SOUTH FLORIDA IS TO EXPENSIVE FOR OUR BUDGET SO IN MARCH OF 2009 WE PLAN TO MOVE TO PENNSYLVANIA OUR MOM LIVES THERE AND WE HAVE FAMILY OVER THERE. WE CANT EVEN AFFORD TO TAKE OUR BELONGINGS SO WE ARE LEAVING EVERYTHING BEHIND AND TRY TO START FRESH OVER THERE. EVEN THOUGH MY FAMILY OUT THERE HAVE THERE OWN STRUGGLES AT LEAST WERE NOT ALONE. WE CANT EVEN AFFORD GAS AND MY CAR PAYMENT IS ALWAYS LATE….ALL WE GET IS MONTHLY CHECKS WE LIVE MONTH TO MONTH COMING UP SHORT WITH FOOD AT THE END OF THE MONTH ITS HORRIBLE BUT ITS OKAY CAUSE I AM A STUDENT AT KEISER UNIVERSITY TO BECOME AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST AND MARCH OF 2010 OUR STRUGGLES ARE OVER I WILL MAKE ENOUGH TO GIVE MY BABIES ALL THAT THEY NEED AND MY HUSBAND IS GOING TO READING CLASSES SOON CAUSE HE DOESNT KNOW HOW TO READ…AND HE TOO WANTS TO BETTER OUR FINANCIAL STATUS FOR OUR BABIES! IF WE DONT GET CHOOSEN GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL THAT YOU DO AND I WILL BE HAPPY FOR THE ONES THAT DO!!! XMAS IS ABOUT LOVE AND 2GETHERNESS AND IF WE HAVE THAT WE HAVE IT ALL. :o)

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62 christy davis November 20, 2008 at 10:15 am

i would like to nominate my family we are a military family we have 5 kids that live with us 8yog, 7yob, 4 yob, 2yog, and a 1month old boy and then my husband has a 1 year old daughter that lives with her mother (long story )but we could really use the the extra help right now as our finances are super tight and i am not sure what we are gonna do for Christmas thanks ;)

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63 Jamaise November 20, 2008 at 10:52 am

After reading through the above posts, I am realizing that times are really tough right now. How exciting for the five families chosen, we could all use a soft spot to land this Christmas season.
I would like to nominate my sister. She was the best,crunchie momma I have ever known. Recently she left a relationship tha wasn’t healthy. Now needing to work two jobs, life has become hard, and time with her two girls short. She is in an unfamilar spot and life seems almost cruel. We all help out in making life stable for the girls, but she & they both know it’s no substitute for the time Mommy used to spend. I just think it would be so nice if she didn’t have to worry so much at Christmas time – a surprise package would lighten her load.
Good luck & Merry Christmas to everyone.

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64 delli merrill November 20, 2008 at 11:58 am

I would like to nominate my family. We area family of 6 with one daughter recently married we have a 17yob,16yob,13yob,11yob and my 13 yob has autism. We do work but times ar3e really rough and my fiance just got back to wark ay the warehouse from being off on medical leave from a heart attack. I am a CNA we don’t even make ends meet. We could desperately us the help.

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65 Billy November 20, 2008 at 12:16 pm

I have a friend that I would like to nominate for this amazing program. I worked with Sharon for the last 2 1/2 years at a retail store. During that time she became my best friend and I got to know her daughter Ariel, age 6, very well. Ariel’s father passed away when she was 4 yrs old and since then she and her mom have had to move in with Sharon’s mother. Ariel is in the 1st grade and doing wonderfully at school. I love hearing her sweet voice when she calls everyday to tell her mom that she’s home and what she did at school that day. Sharon is a great mom and works hard to provide what she can to her daughter but working in retail isn’t much pay and offers her little time to spend with Ariel on weekends and holidays.
I’ve spent the last few weeks trying to find different giveaways on the web for Sharon (who doesn’t have a computer) to give to Ariel on Christmas Day. I would love to see Sharon and Ariel have a blessed Christmas that they will never forget.
Thank you for providing this great gift to all. You are truly special people to do this.
Merry Christmas.

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66 tangie November 20, 2008 at 1:36 pm

hello i have 4neice,one nephew that isnt going too be happy on xmas because there momma isnt going too be able too buy them anything for xmas.they live in low income housing.i just want see a smile on there face for once on xmas. if could find it in your heart too pick them they would soo happy for once.i know you said it would bee hard too pick because there are alot of people out there that is in need. please help them they need it.there ages are 13.12.8.6.1

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67 Kim Reeves November 20, 2008 at 4:09 pm

My family really needs help and i am a veteran suffering from multiple illnesses, gulf war illness, post traumatic stress, fibromyalgia, anklosing spondylitis and fighting for VA or social security benefits. My husband just got his GED so he can get a better job currently he works in the manager training program at macdonalds for $6.55 hour. We are on the VIEW program my husband completes to get a gas card of $100 dollars to get to work each month. He makes 900.00 a month our rent is 800.00. We dont have a car payment either our car is a 97 jeep with almost 200,000 miles on it.Until something comes through from the VA or social security we are in a real bad situation. We ahve 3 children 9 year old boy dakota who despite all the rucus is adhd and dyslexia making a’s and b’s. A daughter andreana who is 8 and has adhd and other mental health issues and a son 1 year old Evin. We are trying to make things better. We have sold almost everything to catch up bills and unfortunatley there is not much assistance where we live in the sticks. We pay rent and light bill and then are broke. All i am asking is just something for them to open on christmas. After Iraq the miltary told me it was all in my head and just forgot about me. Now four years later i am seeing many doctors and taking 7 medications just to get out of bed everyday. I wish i could work but i just can’t right now. Any help i could get i would pay it forward to someone else by donating time if my body will let me to help the local food giveaway or if we get on our feet come tax time make a donation to an organization.I can provide social workers name and doctor name to verify the information. I know there are many families alot worse of then we. But any consideration would be appreciated for a forgotten iraq veteran. i would even take some gently used clothes for the kids and a few packs of size 4 diapers. we are not proud people we help my neighbors. My neighbors are a couple down on their luck. We have limited food stamps but i usually fix enough food to take the neighbors a meal at dinner time or share some of the food bank food with them. We get help so we try to help someone else with what we do have. May you all have a very bless christmas.Thank you for listening.

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68 Maggie M November 20, 2008 at 4:23 pm

I am so proud to be a part of such a caring and giving blog site. You are making a huge difference in the lives of families and children less fortunate and in need. Many thanks to the wonderful companies who are sponsoring prizes for this wonderful cause. God bless you all.

maggie@mannwieler.com

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69 bonnie koger November 20, 2008 at 4:47 pm

I wanted to write about my mom, she is 49 as a child she had it rough in many ways some personal, she got with my father when she was 20 years old he was 41, now my father is gone rest his soul, but he was handicapped and she took care of him oand her 2 kids which i am one but my dad had 5 others with children that she also took verry good care of. mom worked 2 low paying jobs and thats all she did was work to make sure everyone else had what they needed while she went around wearing rags. now for the past 10 years chrones disease has took her through the ringer she cant work anymore has next to no income and still trys to smile while she is still wearing rags and dont have 5 dollars for her self. we just found out 2 days ago she has to go into surgery at the cleveland clinic they have to remove everything in her abdominal area except what she has to have to live, the doctor told us it will come back but the only place it can come back is her chest throught and brain. if their is anyone out there that could help me find a way to show her the best day of her life just for the day to be all about her let me know please she really deserves it, i want to see her happy even if its just for 1 day. for those of you who believe keep her in your prayers her name is verna koger. now these are gonna be hard holidays

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70 bonnie koger November 20, 2008 at 4:48 pm

thanks to everyone who will take time to read this

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71 kelli November 21, 2008 at 3:16 am

I’ve added this to my sidebar for you! What a wonderful idea.

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72 Alicia F November 21, 2008 at 3:17 pm

I would like to nominate myself. I am a single mother, working very hard to take care of my 2 year old and 8 month old daughters. If I ever needed help it is now. With the world the way it is now. I am barely making it.

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73 Mechelle November 21, 2008 at 5:10 pm

Wow what a great idea. I don’t currently know anyone who to nominate but I think this is awesome.
Thanks

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74 Diann Adkins November 21, 2008 at 9:25 pm

Oh my goodness, I didn’t know about your site until this evening ! My thinking is that it is too late, but I must share my story with you any way.
The family that I need to find help for is a family of 8. The past 18 months they have been hit with one battle after another. Last July the dad was very ill and at one point they thought that he had Cancer. By the Wonderful Grace of God He didn’t. It did cost him his job due to his not being able to do the line of work that he was in. 2 months later they found out that they were going to have a baby which is the 6th Child. The second month the mother started bleeding and found that she had a blood clot that was above the fetal sac. For 4 months she was on bed rest and the dad even though he wansn’t well himself at the time had to become all that he could be taking care of thee house and the children. He was was only able to take on a job close to home which wasn’t near the paying job that he once had. Eventually they were in deep financial trouble. Nov 3rd 2008 the baby was born. Within 3 hours of birth the baby was placed on oxygen and couldn’t breathe on her own. For 11 days she was in the hospital where she was born, the parents there night and day to find that their little girl had to be shipped to Childrens Hospital. The Doctors where she was born couldn’t figure out her diagnosis.
Within 2 days at Childrens, they had the diagnosis and said that it was a rare lung disease. The baby had to have surgery wich she had 3 days ago. They had to do a lobectomy. Removing the middle of her right lung. She is still in the hospital, infact I just did get home. It just dawned on me that they will have no Christmas what so ever for the parents have been there 19 days with no income what so ever. They have 5 boys, ages 11,8,4,3,2 and one little girl 19 days old. It is a situation of his hers and ours. I know this family is in Great need. Thank You !

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75 jessica wall November 22, 2008 at 2:55 am

in desperate need to get help with christmas for me and my son and i’m not having any luck can any of you help me

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76 elisha November 22, 2008 at 4:05 pm

I’d like to nominate my sister and her 5 year old daughter and 11 yr old daugther. My sister is a single Mom and is having some financial troubles . If she and her daughter were selected, it would mean the world to her.

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77 elisha November 22, 2008 at 4:09 pm

I’d like to nominate my sister and her 5 year old daughter and 11 yr old daugther. My sister is a single Mom and is having some financial troubles . If she and her daughter were selected, it would mean the world to her.

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78 elisha November 22, 2008 at 4:23 pm

i would love to nominate my sister and her 2 beautiful girls at age 5yrs and 11 yrs for the nominated needy family for christmas 2008 cause they would really need all the help they could get and i know she will be great ful and happy if she is nominated.

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79 Tiff November 22, 2008 at 7:06 pm

This is so great! Put a smile on my face.

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80 Denise November 22, 2008 at 9:11 pm

I have a friend who is a single mom. She has 3 kids. Girl 8, Girl 5 & Boy 2. They are having a very hard time making ends meet, she is currently looking for employment & does not know how she will be able to get her kids anything for Christmas this year.

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81 Cheri November 23, 2008 at 12:12 pm

I don’t know how this works – but – I put an “Under the Tree” button on my wall on facebook

I know of many people who are having difficulties this year – including several in Girl Scouting in the Yorba Linda area who lost their homes in the recent fires…

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82 brittany November 23, 2008 at 5:42 pm

it is a great thing how yall are helping the needs well iam 15 and i have 2 sisters and one brother and i was just looking around for someone that is giving away christmas gifts because my mother cant affored us anything right now and anything will help

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83 sito November 23, 2008 at 6:20 pm

I’d like to nominate my daughter and her husband. Early this year, my son-in-law was injured at work. He was denied — and is appealing — workers comp. Because he was unable to work, he was ineligible for unemployment. They have two daughters, one is 4 and the other just turned 1. They bought an old house last year and began necessary upgrades, which they can’t complete because they have almost no income. She has a small retail store, that has been hard hit with the economy. They are both responsbile, hard-working people who are having a really tough time right now. They’ve always given back to the community with fundraisers and she donates store items to charity raffles, and now they need some help. I can’t help a lot, because I recently lost my job. I want to see their children, my grandchildren, have a decent Christmas. Thanks for considering them.

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84 Christine November 23, 2008 at 9:27 pm

I nominate my sister and her family including two boys 13,9, and her little girl of 6. She is currently going to college to make a better life for her kids, but cannot currently make ends meet not to mention not being able to buy anything for her kids for xmas. I would like to help but I have problems of my own. Her parents are not around to help her out. I just see no other option than to do whatever else I can for her kids.

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85 Lissettte November 24, 2008 at 2:19 am

I would like to nominate my family if I could. I know we might not sound like alot of people that I read about but we are in need. I have been married for 5 years.For the past 2 christmas we don’t have money to have christmas dinner or presents by any way. My husband is the only one that works because I have been a stay at home mom because we cannot afford childcare. This year my son entered Kindergarden and I have been looking for employment I don’t have much experience and I’m told I’m unhireable because I haven’t worked in a long time. Needless to say Christmas is coming again and its always sad each year to see my family go through this once again…This christmas will be like the others we need help. Not for me just something small for my son.We don’t want anything we just want my son to now what it is to have a nice christmas. Thank You!

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86 Lissette November 24, 2008 at 2:25 am

I had just posted earlier to nominate my family.I think we are in need for a nice christmas since we can afford it but I would like to withdraw my nomination and agrre with #78 Diann Adkins that family seems like they really deserve it. I wish we both could be helped but I see the need in that family..Thank You and God Bless!

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87 The Gang's All Here! November 24, 2008 at 3:59 pm

I blogged about the program partnership – will post tomorrow. Thanks to the corporations and organizations who are sponsoring these donations. And may God bless the recipients, not just with these gifts but with His presence and His comfort and care in a new way they’ve never experienced before!

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88 danielle November 24, 2008 at 10:10 pm

i dont have a sad story for help, but im asking anyways, both hubby and i work full time and we have 2 boys 10 and 11, that we cant buy christmas for, we would love the help, thanks danielle

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89 Mary Lutz November 25, 2008 at 12:56 pm

I posted a link at Efficient WAHM and a button on the sidebar at http://marylutz.com

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90 Mary Lutz November 25, 2008 at 1:01 pm

My daughter, her hubby and 2 kids, boys ages 2 years old and 2 months old are really struggling financially, and are facing losing their home. This would be a nice way to remind them of the true meaning of Christmas; love, forgivness and giving.

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91 Trudy November 26, 2008 at 4:16 pm

If it’s not too late I would like to nominate my sister and her family. She has 4 children ages 1,2,10,15. Her husband is a realtor and now with the economy they have been hit very hard. They have their tv, phone, internet shut off and barely keeping their lights and heat on. They are also struggling to keep up with rent. They will not be buying presents this year. Thanks

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92 Amanda November 26, 2008 at 7:39 pm

I wish I had been looking for something like this earlier, and hope that you will allow a last minute entry. I would like to nominate my own children. There will, unfortunately be no tree and no presents this year for my children (17, 15, 7 and 5–all girls except the 7 year old). They have had to endure so much this past year, moving multiple times, never able to do what there other friends are able to do, barely enough money to keep enough food on the table and heat in the condo we currently live in. Unfortunately, with the economy its not looking much brighter in the coming months, but worse. This is the first year that WE aren’t the ones giving donations to others (in the past each child would chose one gift that they REALLY wanted and we would donate it to the local Toys for Totss. Thankfully we have found a way to give our time to volunteer for a local agency together which is a gift in itself. I can’t say enough about the resiliency of my children, and their ongoing ability to “look on the bright side”…I know parents are supposed to say that, but I’ve got four children who would make any parent proud to call there own.
As we look to a new year, this would be a wonderful way to let them know, there are people out there who give as much as they do. Thank you for the opportunity to share our story. God Bless.

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93 Susan Ledet November 26, 2008 at 8:26 pm

I just wanted to let you know that I think what you are doing is wonderful. There are so many people in need and it’s nice to show your care and support.
You will make the holidays magic for many people.
Thank you.

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94 Ashley M. November 27, 2008 at 9:10 am

I added a button to my blog. Thanks for taking the time to do this!

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95 Betty November 27, 2008 at 11:08 am

I know of a family that could use some Christmas cheer this year. Doris has been not only taking care of her husband who had a stroke 4 years ago, but she has been helping raise and care for her son and his 7 children for two years now. Only 3 of the 7 children are his biological children, the other 4 were his fiances. She died two years ago in a tragic auto accident, and they (the children) have no other family that would take them in and care for them. They have had an especially hard year this year, Doris hasn’t been able to work, they can’t get public assistance, Joe (childrens father)does construction work, and with winter coming jobs will be harder to find,and now their home has been foreclosed upon and they have two to four weeks to find other housing. It will be difficult for them to find proper housing that will accomidate all of them. Joe has a huge heart, he could have sent the other children to foster care, but he knows that would have been too traumatic on all involved. He needs to keep them together. So any kind of “cheer” we could send their way I know would be GREATLY appriciated.

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96 Brian November 27, 2008 at 11:38 pm

I would like for Sonya and john to be of nomination for this years giveaway. Sonya’s 8 year old son has been sick and seeing lots of doctors for his asthma and bi-polar disorder and they also have a 6 year old daughter. On November 20th they had both been laid off of their jobs and have no income comming into the home, they are trying to figure out how to make a house payment by the end of the month or they are going to be forced to move, so instead of buying their children anything for christmas, they are trying to keep the roof over their childrens heads because they feel that it is most important. But I know that them kids are not going to understand that. Please really consider sonya and john for nominees for your christmas giveaway this year. Thank you soooo much.My number is 1-810-982-4648 Sonya is my sister and I love her so much, this is so hard to ever see her struggle and this would make me feel so good ;….not to mention them as well.

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97 Patti Hess November 28, 2008 at 6:56 pm

I am writing to nominate my best friend Liza. She has 6 children and has had thyroid cancer and had to have her thyroids removed. Now she is on medication for the rest of her life; along with blood pressure medication. Her 3 younger children still believe in Santa Claus and I would REALLY like for them to have an AWESOME Christmas this Christmas! Liza’s husband is the only one working and what he brings home just barely covers neccesaties. If there is some way you and your friends could help make this a GREAT Christmas; this would be so GREATLY appreciated. I would like to see my Best Friend smile for once. (although we both live so far from one another)…
Thank you and hope to hear from you soon!
pattifritz2000@yahoo.com

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98 Amanda November 28, 2008 at 7:47 pm

I’m not so sure if its appropriate to mention my own parents here– but I really wish I could give them a Christmas. There has been more than one time in my life they’ve given up what meant most to them (a guitar when my mom was a musician, a hobby so I could afford college, etc) in order to ensure I have Christmas–and this year when they’re unable to provide for themselves let alone for a holiday, it would mean the world to me to give them something to smile about. My dad has been on workman’s compensation for the last 5 months and has surgery on the 15th, and my mom is a cancer survivor and now disabled individual who like many is waiting on disability. They do animal rescue and would give the animals their last scrap before they ate. Thanks for the opportunity <3

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99 Debra November 28, 2008 at 9:38 pm

I would like to nominate a friend of mine. She is a mom of two toddlers. She is currently living with her mom and stepdad. Her husband has done some terrible things to her and the two little ones; he has now taken her van away from her and is not giving her any support. Christina is very active in our Church and in need of any kids clothes, something to put under the tree and diapers. Thank you for your wonderful offers!!

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100 Samantha November 28, 2008 at 11:39 pm

I would love to nominate my Sister, Miranda and her family. In February of 2008, Miranda Gave birth to a son, Louis, who at the age of 5 weeks was diagnosed with Pyloric Stenosis. It is common among newborns and most have a simple surgery and live a normal life. Little Louis was back in the hospital at 3 months old, weighing only 6 pounds. He has since had 2 more surgeries and he has a feeding port in his stomach that he will have to have until at least 2 years of age. Louis gets a special formula to help him gain weight. The doctors have ran every test they can think of and are stumped as to why he is not gaining weight like normal. He is now 9 months old and up to 15 pounds! Though he is small for his age, we are very thankful that he functions normal! To make a long story short, Miranda (my sister) her husband had knee surgery recently and she had to quit her job to take care of Louis full time. No daycare will keep him with his condition. With only receiving disability for 3 months, Miranda’s family became behind on their house payments. They are now in foreclosure and Louis has 3 siblings. Mirand and her family are now living with relatives until they can find a house to rent. I know that Christmas shopping is the last thing on their mind right now. I would really love to see them get some help with Christmas. Thank you for doing all you can to help those in need this Christmas!

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101 Tia November 29, 2008 at 5:56 pm

I would like to nominate my friend and her two children. one of which is two months old and has brain problems. and the other one is 1 years old and loves everyone and everything. she trys everything to make christmas happen for her family and so does their dad. they are together and trying so hard to make christmas special now that he is older. I would just love to see their face on christmas day. And off the topic please pray for her two month old. Happy holidays to all

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102 Candy Morales December 1, 2008 at 1:53 pm

I would like to nominate my friend Reyna and her two young children. In the past 2years Reyna has lost her job and gave birth to a new babygirl who was quickly taken out of her arms in the hospital room to start a number of heart and stomach operations .She has not been able to start looking for a job due to the fact she must stay at home to care for her daughter shes only 2 months oldand needs special care.Reyna is trying so hard to make christmas for Jaydon but when rent and bills havent been paid thats kind of impossible.I have been trying to help all thet i can but i as well am a single mother and its really hard I just know it kills her to see Jayden crying for a christmas tree and she cant buy him one. My friend is a very good person she loves her children very much ,I would love for her to get a Christmas blessing on christmas day.

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103 Velen M December 1, 2008 at 10:44 pm

I would also like to nominate Reyna. I am her sister and would like to give you more details on her situation. She is 21 years old and has two children. Her son is two years and her daughter is 2 months old. When she was 6 months pregnant she lost her job of 4 years. She had a baby girl on Sep. 17,2008. Just a few mins later the nurses realized it was hard to hear her heartbeat. They also noticed she was having trouble breathing.They took a chest x-ray and saw her heart was on the right side and her intestines were where her heart should have been. Because her intestines was up in her chest, her left lung was under developed. Reyna had no idea anything was wrong until six hours later. Thats when the dr decided to tell her the baby was born with a congenital defect which is called a diaphragmatic hernia. The baby had a hole in her diaphragm and that is how her intestines and heart ended up in the wrong place. My sister was so devastated. That very day they transported her to childrens hospital. The Dr did not allow reyna to go with Aniyah in the ambulance because they said she was in no condition to leave. The next day she left the hospital only to enter another one. Aniyah had surgery when she was 5 days old. They also fould she had 4 heart murmers. Reyna stayed every day and night for 3 weeks in the hospital with her baby and would not leave her sight. It was so heart breaking seeing my neice suffering with so many tubes in her and having my sister watch the nurses coming in and out of the room picking and poking the baby. Reyna had to go weeks without seeing her son because he was not allowed in the icu. Finally she was home. Aniyah was our miracle baby. After surgery she quickly recovered. Even many of the ICU DR.S said she was a miracle baby because of how strong she was and how quickly she recovered. Most babies with that condition stay in the hospital for months. ( because of the under developed lung they have so much trouble breathing) Since Reyna is not working she has been struggling with everything. I was helping her until two weeks ago I also lost my job. I feel horrible because I was her main provider and now I feel helpless. I have 4 children of my own. Please help my sister and her children have a christmas. This would bring joy and happiness to this family. I would love to see my nephew and neice have a wonderful christmas. As a mother I know how hard it is when you cant give your kids the what you want. Especially during the holidays. I think she deserves a break.

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104 kelley December 2, 2008 at 3:48 pm

What a wonderful idea! I have your button up and happy to spread the word!

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105 Arlene Lacour December 3, 2008 at 12:12 pm

This would great to win!

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106 Tina December 3, 2008 at 1:58 pm

Nominate a single mother of 4 girls. Her soon to be ex husband abandoned her and
the children over a year ago he has not help support the children. One of her children is MH/MR So she is full time with her and trying to deal with the MR, that plus the 2 youngest are babies. She has no job no way to get care for the children while she could go to work it is hard for everyone imagine her situation.
one thing SHe is faithful and she takes her children to church everyweek she is the perfect
candidate..
Her name is
Keisha Negron
her children are Elisse 13/ Lyric 11/ Samantha 3/ Aiyanna 2 all girls. If it is
to late for the nomination please refer her name to someone that maybe able to
help. These girls deserve a christmas Despite of what is going on.Help her
Thank you. So much

her email address is negron17512@comcast.net
thank you! I know the Lord will bless this faithful family in this time ..EVERYONE have a a Merry christmas.

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107 Nabiwafu Brenda December 3, 2008 at 2:46 pm

hi am Brenda from uganda thats the eastern part of africa. am auniversity student doing a bachelors degree in Enviromental management. I want to be part of your family and i also need asistance if possible. am starting my exams next week and i have not yet paid tuition . my mum passed away last month she was the one sponsoring me.and i was in the mid of the semister so please if u can help me 340 pounds please do so that i regester for my papers . i have really lost hope in my education if u can get me asponsor if even possible that person can adopt me as adaughter.please if u can help me do. am not acorn gal or abegger its just because am avictim of circumstances and i seriously need help. please help .my email adress is brenili@yahoo.co.uk and my phone number is +256703346823

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108 carolyn December 4, 2008 at 12:37 am

i am going to nominate my daughter jennifer. she has for 4 kids. the 2 oldest has medical conditions that prevent her from working. her oldest daughter has autism adhd and several other things. her oldest son has mental problems that make him see things that aren’t really there. and with all this she can not work because she is always at the doctors or schools with the kids. she survies off of disability to provide for the family. and that makes things difficult for her. her kids names are andrea age 11
devan age 10
bryce age 6
cailey age 2
if you could help in any way it would be highly appericated.
my number is 816-606-0522 and my name is carolyn and my daughters name is jennifer.

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109 connie December 4, 2008 at 10:58 am

my son recently lost his job and has three small children ages 1,3 and 4 please help them make the childrens christmas special.if you can help please email me and let me know.

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110 A cloudy Christmas December 5, 2008 at 9:43 am

Please help my family this Christmas!

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111 Michelle Wyson December 5, 2008 at 11:49 am

I know a family who has just went through a life changing accident. They are friends and there names are Shawn and Heather. A few months ago they were going to move to Missouri, on the way there, Shawn was following behind Heather and their 2 children when she lost control and flipped her car. She was Paralyzed from the chest down along with a whole bunch of other problems. They are overloaded with medical bills and sorrow. They could use all the help they can get. They had to return to there old house which they are trying to remodel to accommodate Heather’s wheelchair. This is the family I want to nominate. The Lashley’s.

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112 danyasia December 5, 2008 at 6:06 pm

I no a family that might need some free gifts for they family it will be really nice that yah will help them out for christmas as i do the same to.so i really like to nominate this family they been throught some much things and i really wish and pray that you can help them.

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113 Stephanie December 5, 2008 at 9:36 pm

What started as simply letting a friend of my sister borrow some of my maternity clothes has turned into throwing a baby shower and a nomination for an “Under the Tree” family.

Stephanie (not me just the same name) is 19 and 6 months pregnant. Up until recently she lived with her mother and 8 siblings (ages 11-24) in a 3 bedroom 1 bathroom house. Her oldest sister also has a 3 year old and has another on the way. Their father is out of the picture as he spent 5 years in prison. Once released, he received two DUI and has since returned to prison.

The family has very few extended family, just their grandmother and Uncle Mark (my sister’s boyfriend). Mark tries to keep up with the house repairs. He also keeps the kid’s cars running so they can make it to their jobs (yes anyone who can work in this family does). The oldest daughter has her hands full running family’s transmission shop. The oldest boy is going to college for pharmacy.

Stephanie recently moved in with her uncle as the family home is busting at the seams. After making her day by passing on my maternity clothes, it dawned on us that she doesn’t have anything for the baby either. She also doesn’t have anyone able to give her a baby shower. So my sister and I are stepping up and throwing a small shower.

Despite all the odds against them, the family is close. But for Christmas the extra money for presents is just not there. Please help us make this a joyful Christmas for this family.

Thanks,
Stephanie

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114 Cathy December 6, 2008 at 6:22 am

we have had such a hard last couple of years. last year my grandson had listeria meningitis and then his mother broke her neck.. So christmas didn’t come last year. we did give jesus thanks for keeping them in the family. everyday is a great day they are both here. this year the baby is learning and I know he don’t know what christmas is yet but soon he will know and I just want to make them special for him and teach him that God loves him and has made him very special.

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115 DESIREE December 6, 2008 at 9:40 am

MY FAMILY WAS RIPPED A PART DUE TO ME TRYING TO HOLD ON TO THE THOUGHT OF BEING A FAMILY WITH A ABUSIVE GUY. I FELT LIKE I COULD CHANGE THE PATERN OF THE ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP AND KEEP MY FAMILY TOGETHER. I MEAN I WANT MY CHILDREN TO BE IN A HOUSE HOLD WITH BOTH PARENTS AND I WAS WILLING TO ACCEPT ANY KIND OF TREATMENT TO KEEP MY FAMILY TOGETHER. BUT THE SITUATION BACK FIRED ON ME AND NOW I DON’T HAVE MY FAMILY AT ALL.9 MONTHS AGO MY EX WENT OUT AND CAME BACK INTOXICATED AND WANTED TO FIGHT I MEAN IT WAS LIKE A MOVIE. ANY WAYS I TOOK ALL THE HITS I COULD TO KEEP HIM FROM WAKING UP THE KIDS AND THE NEIGHBORS. I CALLED MY MOM AND TOLD HER I NEEDED HER BECAUSE WE WERE INTO IT AGAIN BUT IT WAS LATE AND SHE WAS FED UP WITH ME CONTINUING TO ACCEPT THE TYPE OF TREATMENT THAT THE GUY WAS GIVING ME. SO I CALLED 911 HE SNACTED THE PHONE SO I WAS LEFT TO PRAY.THAT MADE HIM VERY UPSET AND HE KICKED ME IN MY CHEST WHILE I WAS ON MY KNEES PRAYING.SO THAT WHEN I KNEW IT WAS TIME TO RUNN AND GET HELP.SO I GRAB THE FEW KIDS THAT I COULD GRAB BUT I HAD TO LEAVE OUR BABY. MY MOM LIVED RIGHT DOWN THE STREET SO I COULD RUN THE KIDS TO HER DOOR AND LET HER KNOW TO CALL THE POLICE AND THAT I WAS SCARED BECAUSE THIS WAS THE WORST THAT I HAD EVER SEEN HIM AND I WAS SCARED.BUT THAT DIDN’T WORK HE RAN BEHIND ME AND PUNCHED ME WHILE I HAD MY SON ON MY BACK WE FELL. I TOLD THE KIDS TO RUN WHILE HE WAS DRAGING ME BY MY HANDS TO THE CURB WHERE HE STARTED STUMPING MY HEAD INTO THE CURB. BUT I FELT THIS RUSH OF ANGER AND SURVILE KNOWING MY CHILDREN WHERE WATCHING SO I GOT MY ASS UP AND RAN FOR THE BOYS. HE GRAB ONE OF MY BOYS ARM AND I SAW A METAL OBJECT SO I GRABED MY SON TO PROTECT HIM AND WE TUSSLED FOR A MINUTE AND HE DROP THE METAL OBJECT WHICH I LATER FOUND OUT WAS A BLADE. i PICKED IT UP AND GOT TO SWINGING SAYING LET MY BABY GO.HE DID WE RAN TO MY MOTHERS. I TOLD HER I THINK I JUST CUT MY EX AND HE MIGHT BE IN BAD SHAPE CALL THE POLICE. I RAN BACK TO MY HOUSE WHERE MY BABY GIRL WAS AND THE AMBULANCE WAS PULLING UP IN FRONT OF THE MY HOUSE WHERE THE POLICE WAS. SO I WALKED UP AND THEY ASKED ME WHO I WAS AND ASKED HIM DID I DO THIS. HE SAID YES. THEY AUTOMATICALLY RUFFED ME UP AND PUT ME IN THE CAR. I WAAS TRYING TO TELL THEM WHAT HAPPEN BUT THEY WERE WORRIED ABOUT GETTING MY EX THE AMBULANCE. SO I DIDN’T WANT TO BRING HIM ANY HARM SO I PRAYED ASKING FOR FORGIVNESS IN THE BACK SEAT OF THE POLICE CAR. THE OFFICER ASKED MY EX WHO CAN COME GET THE BABY AND I GUESS HE SAID HIS SISTER. I INSISTED THAT SHE GOES TO MY MOMS HOUSE AT THE CORNER ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CALL HER. WELL THE OFFICER CHOOSE TO WAIT ON MY EX’S SISTER WHO NEVER CAME SO THEY CALLED CPS. SO NOW MY FREEDOM IS GONE ALONG WITH MY BABY. I HATE MY SELF FOR LEAVING MY BABY THAT NIGHT. SO THEY CHARGED ME WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER. I WAS IN THAT CELL FOR 24 HOURS BECAUSE I WAS SUICIDLE WELL I TRIED TO HURT MYSELF MORE THEN ONCE AND THEY STRIPPED ME BUT NECKED AND THREW ME IN THE BASMENT WHERE MURDERS AND DERANGED PEOPLE WERE. I WAS JUST OUT OF IT I HAD ALL OF THESE THINGS TO DEAL WITH IN A CLOSET LIKE CELL. WELL I FINALLY GOT MY THOUGHT CORRECT THRU PRAYER AND COMMON SCENSE KNOWING THAT IF I WANTED CLOTHES ON AND TO MOVE BACK UPSTAIRS IN THE GENERAL POPULATION I NEEDED TO GET IT RIGHT. SO I DID AND BY THAT TIME THE DA WAS READY TO TELL ME IF THEY WERE GOING TO CHARGE ME OR NOT. WELL I’M NOT IN JAIL THROUGHT THE GRACE OF GOD. THE STATE WENT BACK AND SAW PREVIEOUS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES SO THEY BELEIVED ME WHEN I STATED THAT I WAS ONLY PROTECTING MY CHILDREN. I WAS IN JAIL FOR A MONTH AND A WHILE IN THERE CPS HAD A COURT DAY FOR THE PLACEMENTS OF ALL MY CHILDREN WITH OUT CONTACTING ME. WELL WHEN I GOT OUT I FOUND OUT WHY I COULD NOT GET MY CHILDREN BACK IF THE STATE DROPPED THE CHARGES. THEY MADE UP A REASON TO KEEP ME AND MY CHILDREN AWAY FROM EACH OTHER. MY CHILDREN LOVE ME SO MUCH THAT THEY ARE THE ONES WHO HAVE GOTTEN DAMAGED THE MOST BECAUSE THEY LOST THERE MOTHER OVER NIGHT AND THEN DIDN’T SEE ME ANY MORE FOR A WHILE. NOW WHEN THEY SEEN ME ITS AT A CENTER. I LOST MY FREEDOM,HOUSE,JOB AND FAMILY AND I AM STILL HAPPY BECAUSE THEY ARE WITH MY MOM. THAT MAKES DEALING WITH THIS ISSUE EASIER. SO I DID HAVE TO LEAVE THE STATE,FOR MY SAFTEY BECAUSE MY EX AND HIS FAMILY WILL RETALIATE SO I TRY TO CATCH THE BUS HOME EVERY OTHER MONTH AND CALL THEM EVERY MORNING AND EVENINGS BEFORE THEY GOT TO BED,UNTIL MY KIDS CAN COME WHERE I AM AND START OUR HEALING TOGETHER AND CONTINUE OUR LIVE. I WROTE THIS COMMENT/REQUEST SO THAT PEOPLE CAN HEAR MY STORY AND LEARN FROM IT. GET OUT OF YOUR RELATIONSHIP IF IT IS ABUSIVE.ESPECALLY IF KIDS ARE IN THE HOME.BECAUSE ANYTHING CAN GO WRONG IN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP AND ITS JUST NOT WORTH GAMBLING THE RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU OR YOUR KIDS LIVES AS WELL AS YOUR PARTNERS. IMEAN JUST IMAGINE WHAT MY SITUATION AND KIDS AND EX’S FAMILY WOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE IF I WOULD HAVE KILLED HIM EVERYONE LOSSES. BUT I ALSO HAVE A DONTATION REQUEST FOR MY KIDS THIS YEAR. THEY HAVE BEEN THROUGH ALOT AND I AM NOT FINANCALLY ABLE TO GIVE THEM PRESENTS LET ALONE SEE THEM THIS CHRISTMAS. I JUST WISH I COULD SUPRISE THEM WITH EVERYTHING THEY ASKED FOR BECAUSE THEY DESERVE IT. MY MOM IS SPECAIL BECAUSE SHE HAS SUPPORTED ME AND MY KIDS THROUGH ALL OF THIS AND I AM THANKFUL. I ASK THAT UNDER THE TREE CAN HELP MY KIDS HAVE A DECENT CHRISTMAS. THIS YEAR. THANK YOU FOR READING MY WORDS OF THOUGHTS.

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116 Dionne Hill December 6, 2008 at 11:47 am

i would like to nominate my family (myself)
i’m a unemployed single parent of (2) bright
straight “A” student girls who is less fortunate
this Christmas I have no money to buy them any
Christmas gifts this year I would really appreciate it if you could really help us out this Christmas Holiday
May God bless you and your family this Holiday year
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Heaven F 10yr
Hailyn F 8yr
Thank You,
(323) 582-2089 Dionne Hill

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117 nancy hunter December 7, 2008 at 11:36 pm

my name is nancy i have two little girls they want have a christmas if i can not get some help my husband has lost his job and i am on disbilty and dont get much i really need help thank you GOD BLESS YOU ALL love mrs hunter

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118 Samantha December 8, 2008 at 2:10 pm

have the recipients of this been announced?

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119 Michelle December 8, 2008 at 8:36 pm

I would like to nominate my family…My husband go laid off the week before Thanksgiving. He managed to find a job right away–except the company doesn’t have the money to pay their employess all the time. He hasn’t gotten a check and we have zero money…We have an almost 3yr old son and I’m not sure if we will be able to have the Christmas we would like. I work at a school, but I don’t get paid for the time I’m off at winter break-so I only get one more check before that and that has to go to bills…Thanks

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120 Brittney December 9, 2008 at 2:06 am

My co worker Venus Cole, is a single mother of a 15 and 12 year old girl. 7 weeks ago her 15 year old daughter gave birth to a little girl. Venus has been coping as well as possible with the added task of caring now for a baby in their already small apartment. 2 weeks ago the family was in a very bad car accident, and her 15 year old daughter was hospitalized for a week, leaving Venus to care for her baby and try to get to Scottsdale Osborn daily to see her daughter. Venus brushed aside her injuries to do so. Her daughter is now home, walking with a walker. Venus is to have surgery this week for her fractured leg.

They were supposed to move to a 2 bedroom this month to save money and are now unable at this time to downsize. Venus is scared of what is to come, she is currently on leave from her job and is trying to care for her kids and grandaughter as best she can.

Now they are unable to leave the home, the thought of Chistmas is a burden to her, but the thought of providing food and formula is an even greater threat.

Please help her family. I worry that Venus is at the end of her rope. Thank you so very much.

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121 Marissa Williams December 11, 2008 at 4:18 pm

Please help me help my 5 year
old son Dax He was diagnosed
with ADHD and recently we have
found the right medication
through the grace of god and help in
our community. We were homeless
last year and he was
“overlooked” by santa claus.
we had just found a home last june
and now we are facing crisis again.
My husband and I were recently
laid off from our jobs and I
have took mininum wage fast food
jobs to help pay the bills and
will recieve my first paychecks
on the 23rd of december however
we wont be able to provide
anything for our son for
christmas. We were un-employed
for too long in between. My son
tells me “My medicine helps me
be good,santa just has to come
and see me” it breaks my heart
to know that our rent is too far
behind and the electricity is
going to be shut off for us to
give him a gift.on the 23rd (pay-day)
we can catch up our light bill and part
of rent but will still be 557.00 away from
homelessness again however I know we
can prevail My husband seeks
employment still 50 hours a week.
I’m reaching out to help my son
have a brighter Christmas than last year.
we cannot afford a phone
however you may contact me via
email thinkitsnotillegalyet@live.com
we are blessed to have it as access for a
little while longer. or at
1836 N. East Ave Lot 56
Panama City FL 32405

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122 Julie S December 12, 2008 at 6:37 pm

I couldn’t find a newer post for this, but I wanted to say “THANK YOU” from the very bottom of my heart! My family was one of the recipients of this program, and I can’t tell you how good it feels to know that I can buy my son and daughter at least some of the small things that they asked for with the KMart/Sears gift card that we received. I will take pictures of our day with the Kodak EasyShare camera and use the beautiful PeaceLoveMom tote regularly. Thank you so much for adding this joy to our holiday!

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123 Gretchen December 15, 2008 at 1:26 pm

I would like to nominate my daughter and her two children. My daughter is a single mother of a son who just turned two last week and a daughter who will be 5 in January.She is a very hard working single mother and is currently a college student, so she is not working. And that makes pretty tough times right now for her qand her children. If I could do it myself I so would but things aren’t that great for myself either, andI just would love to see my grandchildren get to have a good christmas this year, especially since they are both at the pefect age to get completely involved in Christmas and the whole spirit of the season.

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124 helen kidwell December 17, 2008 at 12:34 pm

I KNOW A FAMILY WHO WONT BE HAVING CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR.THEY HAVE 4 GRANDKIDS LIVING WITH THEM THEY ARE GIRLS AGES 6,8,10 AND A BOY AGE 9.THEIR GRANDFATHER HAD A HEART ATTACK 7 MONTHS AGO AND THEY HAVE BEEN LIVING ON 408.00 A MONTH.HIS HEART ATTACK DID SEVERE DAMAGE AND HE IS STILL WAITING TO HEAR FROM SOC.SEC.IT IS SO UPSETTING TO THEM THAT THEY CANT GET ANYTHING FOR THE KIDS,ESPECIALLY SINCE THE 6 YR OLD STILL BELIEVES IN SANTA.IF THERE IS ANYWAY TO EVEN HELP PUT ONE PRESENT EACH UNDER THAT TREE WOULD HELP.THANK YOU HELEN

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125 diana December 17, 2008 at 2:54 pm

i have 4 children (girl 7,boy 5,girl 3,girl 2) that wont be having much of a christmas this year, due to dad not working (nobodys hiring) and mom with a bad back (cant work). i dont usually ask for help but this economy is killing us. if there is anyone who could help with gifts for the kids or any suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated. i live in Dixon, Ca.

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126 Elaine Lewis October 12, 2009 at 6:41 pm

i would like to nominate myself, im a single parent raisin four kids, i live pay check to pay check . I realy need to help for christmas cause im barely makin rent an paying light cause it been to high. my kid name Ayanna 15,Alaina 12,tommy 10 and teondre 3.my number is 904 233 3489.

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127 Okima Grant October 16, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Hi my name is Okima Grant and I am single mother of three great kids Tynejia 12 Takayla 5 and Trinity 6 months I would like to nominate my girls because they are honor roll students and I really think they need a little something special under the tree this year at this time I am not working and it is hard trying to provide for my girls let alone concentrating on gifts for them for christmas I just would like for u to sheld a lil light on us this year thank you and be blessed…

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128 Angela November 9, 2009 at 9:03 am

I put up the button and emailed you with details about a very special family of a fellow blogger.

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129 m. santana December 8, 2009 at 8:32 am

I want to nominate my family for this, I am a mother of 5 wonderful children, recently we lost everything we had due to domestic violence, we were able to flee with just the clothes we were wearing. We moved into a d.v. shelter out of town where we stood for 2 month as it was a 8 week program. Two of my kids had birthdays during this time and I could do nothing for them as I was not working. We finally moved back in town and lived in transitional shelters and with my daughter but that wasn’t working either. I finally found a job and got a place with my cousin and his room mate (as there is no way i can afford a place by myself @ this time) Things are going good my kids are finally in a stable home and going back to school. This christmas will be like many others because when we were with our abuser we weren’t allowed to have “fun” he would give my kids books and say “thats your present”. So you see why I would really love for them to be nominated for this as they never really had a “christmas”. Please consider them for the under the tree program. thanks

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130 marie December 9, 2009 at 9:14 pm

My sister is very much in need. She was happily married but her husband began doing drugs and became very abusive , so she did what was best for her children and left. she is now a divorced single mother of thre wonderful boys, Donald ahe 5, Michael age 2 and christopher age 1. She left everything she had and is now living day to day. she gets 200 a month from child support. and hasnt been able to work because she cant afford daycare. she has cried many night especially lately because it is christmas time and she cant buy anything for her kids. i gave her a tree so thats all she has. the kids are wonderful kids and deserve a good christmas they have been through so much,, and so has she she has endured alot of abuse from childhood to adult hood and still is a strong loving person. she gives even when she has nothing but a smile and a sweet word she still thinks of others instead of her own needs, so thats why i want this for her, i think she deserves that smile back.

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131 stacy December 14, 2009 at 9:46 pm

I just found this out and hope its not too late…I have an ex coworker who got the swine flu and ended up on oxygen and lost her job due to it she couldnt find a job for a month but finally found one as a security guard with a huge pay cut she is still trying to catch up on rent utilities and then her car broke down….she had to use her first check to pay 600.00 and some odd cents to fix her car because they live ten miles out of town with no bus system out there i know her kids know whats going on and don’t care if they get anything but i think all kids should have at least one present under the tree…i seen her sons letter to santa clause in the newspaper from his school and he put “Dear Santa, i am ten years old and my sister is 14. i was going to ask you to bring my sister earings and me a transformer but we decided we don’t want anything at all, just as long as you can heal my mommys heart and make her not sad anymore. she told us santa might not visit this year and its okay you are very busy and other children need you but please help our mommy not be sad.” i even spelled as exactly he did but it was so heartfelt and sad i wish i could do something for them but i am struggling myself. her email address is ladybugvigil@aol.com i think she can check email at work.

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132 Jewel December 20, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Hello,
My family is in need this year I have an 8 year old boy and a 5 year old boy I know this is a little late in the season but I have tried everything that I can and nothing has worked I have been laid off from work and havent found a job to replace it with yet…my husband is unable to work due to health problems he was in am accident years ago which crushed his leg and diabeetes has set in thus causing it to get infected if he stands or walks on it too long, so please any help would be greatly appreciated and god bless…

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