Loc: New Hampshire
got this email - <br><br>---------------------------------------------<br><br> Your help is urgently needed by the Elves and More organization - www.elvesandmore.org. Elves and More is a Houston based charitable organization that will distribute over 25,000 bicycles and other gifts on Christmas Eve to the areas children most in need. To most of you reading this, a bicycle is only a toy. However, to economically challenged families, a bicycle is a means of transportation for their children and to the children it renews their faith that there are people in the community that care.<br><br> Last year on Christmas Eve, ten caravans each comprised of 7 trucks and two vans departed Reliant Center with 10,000 bicycles and gift boxes bound for these impoverished areas. That day, volunteers of all faiths, nationalities, and ages came together to deliver hope one bicycle at a time. The caravans showed up unannounced and provided a true holiday surprise.<br><br> The program has a total budget of about $1.1 million, a significant portion of which is funded by the founder David Moore. Either Mr. Moore or Everyones Internet pays all overhead and administrative expenses, so that 100% of all contributions go to purchasing bikes and gifts.<br><br>--------------------------------<br><br>for crying out loud. I didn't have a brand new bike growing up. My parents bought me second hand bikes and we learned how to build our own from spare parts. I could go on and on about when I was young yada yada yada.<br><br>Seems like this giving a poor child brand new stuff is out of hand. Sorry, my hard earned money goes to animal causes, people don't need this stuff.<br><br>[color:blue]"Remember that the toes you are stepping on today, may well be attached to<br>the ass you may need to kiss tomorrow." </font color=blue>
Well-intentioned stuff like this misses the mark because they're teaching kids to misunderstand the true meaning of Christmas (whatever that is for most people.)<br><br>Food, shelter and clothing are necessities. If somebody wants to really help a person in need this holiday season, go stand at the power company and pay off some single Mom's utilities that just got shut off. <br><br>When I was a kid, I wanted all the stuff I could get, but the older I get, I see it for what it is: good old-fashioned materialism. <br><br>
Loc: Syracuse, NY
While we're at let's get rid of the surplus population too. <br><br>C'mon, is it so bad to give these kids new bikes? If not bikes maybe it would be better if they gave them something else.<br><br>Our office works with the several of the counties local food pantry's and over the holiday's instead of food we bring in new hats, gloves, mittens and scarves for all ages. From what I understand the kids are happy with whatever they get. <br><br>
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