Here are some additional guidelines and general safety ideas to have concerning giving those those in need.
Please do not rush out and buy a relative stranger’s child a gift because they posted and said their holiday is non-existent or extra-lean this year. We all want to help each other out, but unless you know that person in person, we strongly urge against this.
Unfortunately we have to assume we have our own share of less than honest people (as does any site you visit). Please refrain from sending goods or money to anyone trolling for them.
In years past we have had well loved, well known, and long-standing members post about their holiday season woes. I can’t even begin to imagine how much stuff they were sent, gifts for their kids, gift cards for food or gifts, etc.. and at least two of the members I am thinking of are not even on this board any longer, for two very different reasons.
This does not apply to sending a single gift to a mama-friend of yours. I love sending my friends little trinkets or tokens. I am talking about supplementing an entire family’s holiday season.
While I am on the subject, this really applies to birthdays, anniversaries, and any gift-giving celebration.