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TopamaxSurvivor

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12-14-2014 05:17 AM

Topic tags/keywords: donate toys for tots merry christmas

Merry Christmas LJs everywhere!

Today my wife and I were shopping for our grand kids Christmas. At the elementary school where she works, 80% of the kids get free lunch. Many of the parents will lose their apartments during the school year and the turn over rate is high, about 30%. Most of our lives, we spilled more on the way to the bank than a lot of these folks will ever have. We decided to donate 25% of what we spend on kids to Toys For Tots. Maybe we can make at least one or two kids who would not have a Christmas, happy for a few days.

There are many charities asking for money who have a very high overhead and actually do very little but raise money for their own operations. The food bank certainly is a bare bones operation in more ways than one, (pun intended, of course.) The people of The Salvation Army live a lie of austerity and dedicate their lives to their cause. We help them too. We believe we get a lot of bang for our buck with these charities.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Bob

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence


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stefang

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#1 posted 12-14-2014 09:21 AM

Good work Bob.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 12-14-2014 09:31 AM

Bob, my compliments to you and your wife for living and being examples of what I believe to be the true Christmas spirit. Merry Christmas to you and yours and best wishes for a happy and healthy new year.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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lew

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#3 posted 12-14-2014 06:28 PM

What a wonderful act of kindness, Bob.

As a retired teacher, I saw this first hand, at my school. Too many times teachers get bad press. If folks only knew how much of those teacher’s paychecks went to making sure the “have nots” would be taken care of.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 12-14-2014 10:31 PM

Thanks for the encouragement ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 12-17-2014 01:33 PM

Merry Christmas to you and yours as well Bob. Have a safe holiday season

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#6 posted 12-18-2014 07:25 AM

Merry Christmas to you to, Roger. I’m a bit disappointed. I thought more would be saying there were joining the cause. Oh well, tough times, I guess.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 12-18-2014 11:53 AM

Delivered about 500 wooden toys to the Salvation Army on Monday.
All made by a bunch of OFs (more experienced wood workers)
Distribution began on Wednesday. Smiles on parents’ faces.
3 hours of fun watching parents pick out the perfect toy for their youngun.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 12-18-2014 08:16 PM

Merry Christmas to you , ksSlim! Nice contribution for the Heartland.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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