While shopping today, I overheard a mother and her teen daughter complain about the nerve of a “needy” teenager who had the audacity to list Ugg boots and a NorthFace jacket on her Christmas wish list (she’s a member of the family that the offended mom’s friend’s employer is sponsoring). It was so unbelievable to them that they repeated the list a couple of times.
This is a wish list, people. Can’t a girl dream? What did they expect her to ask for…knockoffs? I imagine she wanted name brand items so she could blend in and be seen as normal, not needy…not a have not. Wearing these designer items may mean she won’t get picked on or bullied for being poor. She likely realizes she won’t get all the items she asked for, but what if she gets one?!
If you are fortunate to not be on the receiving end of charity, have a heart. People who shop at thrift stores out of necessity don’t want your stained, ripped and torn hand-me-downs. And women at shelters don’t want their children playing with toys that are broken and missing too many pieces to enjoy (what you deem unfit for yours). They want their children to play with safe and fun toys, just as parents in financially stable households do.
People considered the least of these are not less than.
Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. – Matthew 25:40
Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessings of the Lord your God which He has given you. – Dueteronomy 16:17