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Santa Claus Is My Problem
I do not want to donate to groups that perpetuate the Santa myth, so am looking for legit organizations on STT that don't use Santa to distribute gifts. I think the kids should know that real people in the community contributed the gifts.
Are there any STT groups that don't perpetuate the Santa myth?
I know you said you want to donate to children, but here is an alternative that might be of interest to you.
There is a Forgotten Angels Christmas tree set up in Tutu Mall by Volunteers of the Virgin Islands Inc.
The entrance by Subway.
All the children Forgotten Angels are done, but there are many senior citizens still hanging. Male and female. It is written down what each one wishes.
You buy the items. Call Pat (998-9479) to tell her which card you picked - first name and there is a number on the bottom of the card, and drop off the card and gifts at the fancy ladies dress store across from the tree, next to the barber shop at the mall.
This seriously breaks my heart. They're little kids. They already believe in Santa Claus, but the very sad truth is that lots of kids whose parents aren't able to get help from good people contributing to an organization that gives kids Christmas presents "from Santa" think that the reason they didn't is because they weren't good enough that year.
You have likely never encountered a child who has told you that. I have (twice), and it is absolutely heartbreaking.
Let the child who is growing up in poverty and lacks so many basic things also believe in the magic and joy of Santa Claus, like the other kids do. Please. 🙂
The kids should be aware that it's the people in the community, not some fake person in a red suit, who are responsible for their joy and happiness. Why should somebody who doesn't exist get the credit? I don't want Santa getting credit for something he didn't do!
I've done Forgotten Angels in the past, but never noticed seniors were on the tree. I'll go by there tomorrow and see what's needed. Thanks for that info, Beachcomber.
Ha, ha! I used to get very nervous at Christmas when I was a kid, because it reminded me of all the bad things I had done. I got gifts anyway. Was I rewarded for bad behavior?