UPDATED: The Sixth Annual James Garfield Miracle

Did you know it’s December?  Because it is.  And I’m freaking out because where did this year go and what am I doing now that book tour is finally over?  Answer: Feeling a little lost.  Which is the perfect reason to do something awesome and also why we are going to do the 6TH ANNUAL JAMES GARFIELD MIRACLE.

What is the James Garfield Miracle?  It’s a weird thing we’ve done here each year in an effort to get a ferociously jolly taxidermied boar’s head (named James Garfield) recognized as an actual saint.  Every year I say it’ll probably be the last and every year the people who were helped the previous year email me to ask if they can be donors this year to give back what was given to them and then my heart grows eight sizes and doesn’t fit in any of my sweaters and I decide to do it again.  This year is no exception so I’m blaming you for this, wonderful-people-who-remind-me-that-this-has-become-the-truest-way-get-my-cranky-ass-into-the-holiday-spirit.

James Garfield and I love you.

James Garfield and I love you.

So this is how we do it.  If you want to help those who are struggling you can do it in a number of ways, but these are my favorite.  You can donate online to Project Night Night, which is crazy easy.  For $25 they provide a homeless child with a bag containing a blanket, book, and stuffed animal.  It is awesome.  Or you can donate to Heifer, who helps families around the world.  Or you can come here and help anyone in the online community who is having a hard time getting toys for their kids for the holidays.  It’s awesome to get help but honestly it’s even more awesome to help others, so if you need help with a few things for your kids please ask because we have all been there, y’all.  Here’s how it works:

If you need help:  Go to Amazon and create a new wish list.  Name it whatever you want.  Make it “public”.  Go to “view details” and it’ll let you adjust list settings.  This is where you have to add a shipping address for that list or else no one can send you anything.  It’s also where you can add details on the ages, gender and number of kids need a special santa this year.  Find the stuff you want and then add it to your wish list. Here’s my sample list so you can see what it looks like.  Put a link to your wish list in the comments.  No need to use your name or give any personal info but it’s helpful if you just share the ages of the kids.  Make sure you pick stuff that is in stock and it helps if it’s listed as eligible for Prime because shipping is free for a lot of us on Prime stuff.  Good examples of what to put on the list: artscrafts, books, stuffed animals, warm coats, mittens.  Bad stuff to put on the list:  video cameras, live tigers, bags of lice.  I have to approve the comments so if yours doesn’t show up for a bit that’s just because I’m probably busy eating or sleeping.  It’ll show up eventually.  (Also, if you aren’t in America please add that in your comment so that donors in your country can find you.)

If you want to help:  Go to the comment section and click on a wish list.  Buy stuff on the list.  When it asks for the shipping address just choose the person’s name.  It’ll go to that person.  Easy as pie.  (MAKE SURE YOU CHOOSE THE PERSONS ADDRESS OR IT MAY DEFAULT TO YOUR ADDRESS.  If they don’t have an address it means they haven’t added one yet and need to go in and add it.)  I have a few things built-in to make sure people aren’t gaming the system, but honestly people don’t really want to game the system over children’s scarves and hot wheels so it’s not much of a worry.  It is the best present ever because it is literally a kindness to a stranger and for a lot of us it’s like going back in time and buying things for ourselves when we were poor kids or struggling parents.  If you want to leave a comment for the person you bought for telling them what you sent and when it’ll be delivered that’s always lovely but not a requirement.

My mind is still mushy from 3 months of book tour so I’m probably missing something important here.  Oh…hang on…I remembered…

Thank you.

Thank you for sharing with others.  Thank you for allowing others to share with you. (The second one is the hardest so double thanks for that.)  And thank you for all of your support this year.  It’s because of your tremendous support this year (for my blog and book) that’s given me the opportunity to be a donor again this year, so even if you can’t help someone else this year know that if you stopped by the blog, or recommended Furiously Happy, or just left a kind word that helped me through a sometimes tough year you are a part of this small miracle.  By the way, I don’t keep great tabs on this stuff and it’s done entirely without sponsors but in the past 5 years we’ve given over a quarter of a million dollars to help children around the world and that’s pretty damn incredible.

As a special thank you to you I just sent Project Night Night packages for 40 children, and donated a live llama and some bees in your honor.  (The llama and bees are for struggling families through Heifer International, not for homeless kids.  Live bees would be a terrible present for kids.  I’m not sure why I’m having to clarify this.)

Comments will stay open until things slow down, or until we all run out of money.  I’ve got several thousand dollars to give that comes directly from the support that you’ve given me this year so I’ll be helping out as long as the money lasts.  I’ll also be randomly picking people to send signed audiobooks to because I just got a big box of them and I hate the sound of my voice, so if you get an email from me, that’s why.  Forgive the typos.  I’m still not totally recovered from travel.

Love.

UPDATED – DAY 2:  It has been a very long and very amazing two days. I’ve seen hundreds of families so happy to be helped, and hundreds of others even happier to be able to help. I’ve gone to buy special requests and found that they were already bought by others who beat me to it. I’ve seen people hurting, and others reach out to remind them how important they are.

I cried a little from joy and also a little from darkness, and then I took a deep breath and said, “That was good.” And it was.

Comments will still be left open and there will be more people who need help and more who will offer. And it never stops, which is something that I find both wonderfully exhilarating and terribly draining and a little symbolic of everything that makes up the world. Thank you for reminding me of the kindness of people. Thank you for letting me see into the background of these small miracles, because the stories you read here are amazing, but the stories I see behind the scenes are even more moving. I don’t know how much was donated to Project Night Night or Heifer yet but I checked the purchases on the first page of comments (before my head got melty from too much math) and I counted $30,000 in donations from strangers to send small comforts to children around the world. I don’t have the energy to add up all the other pages still filled with people giving out help but I know that a lot of people were given the gift of a happy holiday and a lot of people were given the gift of buying presents for a family they got to adopt. And it was amazing.

And now I’ll slip quietly back into the shadows where I feel much more comfortable. Yay for comfort. Yay for miracles. Yay for the fact that all the Doctor Who Christmas specials are streaming on Hulu this week. We win, you guys. And that’s how we take back a little bit of the light. Thanks for letting me see it.

James Garfield for President, y’all.

UPDATED: DAY 3

Hello. It’s me. It’s the end of day 3 and this is the day when things start to get overwhelming. This is when the excited and relieved comments start to come in from people receiving the small things they asked for. It’s when strange little miracles happen. It’s also when things get confusing and you realize that, just as in life, some get more than others and some slip through the cracks. It’s when I finish up my own final purchases ($7k in tiny increments going to children around the world – which comes directly from your support of me through the year so it is a present from you technically). It’s when I tend to slip away a bit because it’s also when a few people will try to mess with the system, and it only takes one or two to make you disheartened in spite of the thousands of others that are helped. I’ve had a few people contact me with concerns that a person might not be trustworthy or that someone is exaggerating or even pretending to be two people to get more gifts, and that will happen. This is the world, after all, and none of us are perfect. But I remind myself of several things. 1) It would be a terrible thing to be so desperate as to take something that would have gone to a child on Christmas or Hanukkah, and if that person is so desperate then they need our care and pity, and forgiving them and helping them is a true act of holiday spirit and generosity. (And that they’ll probably get stabbed with a fork at some time because karma does that.)  2) That regardless of the honesty of the person asking for help, most of the requests are for children’s toys and children deserve to have presents even when the people who love them go about it in not-entirely honest ways. 3) That people giving are kind, but they are also smart, and mostly the gifts given are toys and children’s books and necessities of life that will help a family in need, because most people helping can tell by the list who legitimately needs a small helping hand to make a child smile.

As always, amazing things happened here and so many people were helped in lovely ways and they helped others with their stories. You all inspired me and I thank you so much for this.

I’m going to step out now and stop doing so many checks on people, so that means there is a giant “BUYER BEWARE” after this if you decide you want to look in the comments and help. It’s slowing down and most people have been helped and I’d probably close comments but I sort of like them open because it’s so nice to see people leave comments of happiness as packages arrive.  If I were you and I just found this post and I was looking to help I’d stick with helping people who want a single small toy or children’s book, but it is totally up to you and I know there are a lot of amazing people who are in need of help and a lot of amazing people who specifically are looking to support people who remind them of people they’ve lost. And that’s lovely and the way it should be. Most people are wonderful and in need of help or in need of someone to help and that’s a very happy coincidence.  Also, Project Night Night is a PERFECT way to help a child in desperate need and I cannot recommend it enough.

I think next year if we do this again maybe we’ll just stick with books? No one can say no to a good book and anyone who’d pretend to be two people to get more books for their kid is automatically forgiven in my mind because BOOKS. Remind me of that next year when December rolls around?

Love, love and more love.

PS. If you want to see what the person asking for help has already been sent you can just add this to the end of their wish list. /ref=cm_wl_rlist_go_v?reveal=purchased

PPS.  Thank you.  For everything.  Going to pass out now.

UPDATED: DAY FOUR

And on the fourth day there was clarity.  And rest.  And possibly tuberculosis.  Long story.  But to make it short, happy comments from people receiving presents are coming in, and I’m getting sweet pictures of adorable smiling children who are already holding wrapped gifts (which I’m not sharing here because privacy is good thing) and it’s made me feel (for lack of a better term) furiously happy.  This is winding to a close but remember that Project Night Night goes all year long helping children.  Thank you for being awesome and thank you for the love you’ve shared with others.  At last count over $60k was given to help children have a good holiday and I’m sure I’m underestimating that because I stopped counting halfway through after math gave me a headache.  And now I’m off to get tested for TB.  Again.  Long story.  I wish you all a merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah and Good Kwanzaa and Jolly Flying Spaghetti Monster Day or whatever else you might celebrate.  High-five, you bad-asses.

 

UPDATED:  DAY…what day is this?

Hey guys. Unfortunately a scammer has found us as of this morning. (I lied about not checking anymore. Sorry. I’m devious that way.). I’m not approving their list so it won’t be seen but now that they know how I found them they could avoid that little trap so right now I’m going to stop publishing any more lists. It’s about time to wrap it up anyway. You can still leave comments and thank yous and all that though. And thank you to everyone!

Also, if you have a fake list you should take down anything on your wish list right now. I don’t want to have to share your information and it’s shockingly easy for me to expose you and I’m sure it would be awfully embarrassing to be identified as someone who would lie for such a terrible reason.  (Fake list = pretending to be more than one person, a list asking for help for made up people.)  There were a few that were iffy before, and some that looked iffy but turned out totally legit, but this was the first that I could definitively prove was a lie so I’m shutting down all further lists as of now.

Sorry to be a downer, guys. Just want to keep this a safe place and I think we’ve mostly done that. Even with the problems that arose this was still worth it for the happy people who were helped.

Also, just as a final housekeeping thing, I’ve gotten a couple of “undeliverable” messages from Amazon because either the shipping address the person gave on their wish list was wrong or the person deleted their info.  I can’t trace who the gifts were supposed to go to because Amazon just says “gifting address hidden for privacy”.  If that happens then any money refunded to me will go to Project Night Night and any gifts forwarded to me (I’m not sure how Amazon handles that yet) will be given to Toys for Tots so that no matter what someone is helped.

Also, I’m getting some messages that are saying “Couldn’t leave your package as there was no safe place to leave it and will try again tomorrow” which is good in a way because I know last year several people never got their gifts because they had their packages stolen off porches but also not good because you may not know that your mail person is having problems delivering your package.  In the past people have left notes to the mailman on the door telling him/her to leave packages in a more hidden location (behind bushes, etc) so that’s an option.  Just wanted to let you all know because inevitably a few things don’t arrive, get lost, etc., and that’s just going to happen, but the more we can head off those issues the better.  :)

UPDATED: DAY…where even am I?

I wasn’t going to update again but I need to because of the email this morning I got from the lovely people at Project Night Night:

“Hugs. Hugs. Hugs. Wanted to give you an update that we have received just over $20,500 since Monday which puts Night Night packages into the arms of 823 children. This is incredible and we are so grateful.”

Me too.  I love y’all.

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  1. I have no kids, have a wish list but don’t really need anything off of it, could use some help paying bills, but I’ll live…just wanted to say thank you. Thank you Jenny and this community for keeping me going on days that all seems lost and hopeless. Thank you for making my world a bit more worth living in.

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  2. Last year I donated to Project Night Night and they sent me a picture of one of the kids who got a bag from me and I cried for days. Hoping I can donate again this year.

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  3. This is great, my daughter, who’s a BIG fan of yours (she’s 11) and has a stuffed racoon (Not taxidermied stuff, just regular stuffed) named Jenny, will love helping out on this. We’ll check the lists for Canadian kids so we can help North of the 49th.

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  4. I wish it was that easy for me. Got informed of two weeks of furlough starting next Monday (no pay) and my car needed 700 dollars in repairs this past weekend. Worst feeling in the world is not able to get gifts for your sister or help your elderly mother out with bills.

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  5. I will so be doing this when I get home from my holiday weekend with my sisters and their husbands. About two days too long, at least one sister. I had a small meltdown last night, cried in my room for a bit. Also missing my cat who lived with them that had to be put asleep this year, didn’t know it would hit me so hard.
    Anyway, donating to make someone else’s holiday happier will lift my spirits too. Getting home to my kitties will raise my spirits too.

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  6. Love this! Going to make a donation to Project Night Night right now.

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  7. You are an amazing woman!!! I asked for your new book for Christmas this year. I read the first one in the car on vacation a few years ago and it killed me not to laugh hysterically in the car!!

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  8. Oh! If you have problems leaving a comment because wordpress insists you had an account and you need to remember a password that you’ve forgotten just means that the email you’re using has a wordpress account set up to it. Just request a new password, or just use a new email address that isn’t associated with wordpress. It’s a weird work-around but it comes in handy if you’re forgetful like me.

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  9. Thanks to the awesome people in this group, my daughter had Christmas last year! A year later, I’m electronic friends with them and many others. Thank you, Jenny. Hoping to pay back just a little this year.

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  10. Thank you Jenny for making this happen again! I hope you get lots of rest and you-time after your book tour.

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  11. So much love! I can’t wait to buy for someone! Thank you for this opportunity and so much more!

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  12. This is a great idea. I’ll check back later once people have a chance to upload their lists.

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  13. Just donated to Project Night Night and will be checking back here to see how my 7-year-old and I can help. Thanks for doing this.

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  14. Just because I am contrary I would like to point out that my middle son would be delighted to receive bees as a holiday gift. We took a beekeeping class and have all the stuff and everything (it seemed like a cool thing to do for the environment). Bees follow a certain logic and being on the autism spectrum, the kid understands them in a way that is kind of magical. Unfortunately our bees froze to death last winter and we couldn’t afford to replace them this year. We aren’t SUPER broke anymore so I’m not asking to be a recipient, but THAT’LL TEACH YOU TO MAKE BLANKET STATEMENTS ABOUT BEES, JENNY!❤

    (Ha! Big fan of bees here too. My great grandfather was a pro beekeeper and I used to help with the hives a bit as a kid. ~ Jenny)

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  15. Last year, on a different blog that I found through this one, I had made an offhand comment that although I usually shop well in advance, that it had been a hard year with job loss and medical problems, and would be a small Christmas. From that one comment I was sent a $50 Target gift card that allowed me to make Christmas something that my kids loved.
    Something that can seem like a small gesture can mean so very much to others.
    I look forward to seeing things listed. My kids and I try to donate to something every year (except last year obviously) and will enjoy letting my kids pick out another family to help out.
    ‘Tis the season to spread the love!

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  16. As always, you, Jenny, are an angel.

    I don’t have kids, so I don’t need anything. But I’ll be alone this Christmas, so if your commenters could just send some holiday cheer my way, that would be plenty. (Also, how is “commenters” not a word?)

    I’ll check back and donate what I can once the comments start showing up.

    Love to you and yours, Jenny. xoxo

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  17. I can hardly believe this is the 6th year!:excellent!:

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  18. I’ve got my helpin’ pants on! Thank you for hosting the James Garfield Miracle again I’ve participated every year, in thin times and… uh… thick, and it’s always one of my favorite parts of Christmas.

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  19. My name is Amanda. I have three kids, ages 4,7,and 8. Last year was tough, but this year has been almost unbearable. I had meningitis twice, my son broke his femur, resulting in a body cast for two months and our family car died. I could really use a miracle as that this month, I barely have money to cover groceries. Thankyou, and I promi that if someone can help us out, I will gladly pay forward the generosity when I am on my feet.

    (Hey, Amanda. Happy to help. Go to Amazon and put together a wish list. It’s the easiest way for others to help. Mostly this is for toys and such but you can put some foodstuffs on your list and see if someone can help. Amazon isn’t great with food but some of the stuff under “meal essentials” have pretty fair prices. http://amzn.to/1McUO01 ~ Jenny)

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    Rachel CrazyMum

    I will be keeping a lookout for somebody to help today in memory of Sandy Hook

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  21. You are wonderful. You make me happy even when I am in a dark scary place. Thank you for who you are and all you do.😙

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  22. This is amazing. A few weeks ago, I would’ve signed up for help, but my kid is taken care of this year. II’m still unemployed, bills are still late, and foreclosure looms, but my awesome, generous, selfless son WILL have a Christmas, by Odin! And it’s all thanks to you, Jenny. And to everyone else who helped out.

    People can be wonderful, if you give them a chance. It did me good to remember that this year. I’ll try and help out with some small gift to help make another child’s Christmas happen. I don’t have much, but I’m inspired.

    This tribe does wonderful things. You’re all amazing.

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    Kristian Bland recently posted Trey’s Christmas Fund.

  23. I can’t wait to see all the wonderful Christmas miracles happening in your comment section. You are pretty fucking special.
    I got my boys covered this year but just barely. I wish I could help someone else out but I just don’t have it. I’ll watch and enjoy the miracles here.

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  24. I have been waiting for this Christmas miracle again. Come ON people, start posting links to lists….

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  25. Jenny, thank you. You built this community and gave us all the space to realize that our crazy is normal. That is an immense gift. The reason we help each other is because you helped us first.

    DC FOLKS: if you need something not able to go on an Amazon list (pick up from airport, help burying a body) please email me. My address is first name.lastnameATgmailDOTcom.

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  26. I am personally not in need. Just wanted to say thank you. I think it’s incredible that this is the sixth year. How awesome and way to go James Garfield and Jenny! And thanks to all those who help.

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    Ardin Armenio

    Jenny, what can we do for some of the commenters who need actual money for bills?

    Thanks, Ardin

    (Once it gets to bills it gets complicated and overwhelming which is why we stick to kid stuff, but there are two options…you can leave your email address in a comment and have a specific person contact you so you can send them help or you can go to a place like Wish Upon a Hero and look for people there who have specific needs that are more serious. https://www.heronetwork.com 🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  28. I am crying big tears. I just hung up the phone and got turned down for a loan for Christmas even though they make local decisions because they know “what happened” to me this year and they don’t think I’m a good loan right now.

    I lost my 17 year old son, Rhett this year to known and treated chemical depression just before his high school graduation. He will be forever 17. Every day, I grow another day away from him. It is a struggle knowing that a friend told him that he wasn’t enough when he was, indeed, enough and that I’m enough and I’m getting out of bed every morning and keeping my 15 year old daughter reminded that she’s enough, too. I’m doing the best I can every day to remind her that I love her and that I’m here and we are in this together.

    We’re in therapy, we’re going to groups, and we’re surrounding ourselves with the light and the love and the people that are helping us and we’re letting the hate and the negativity fall away. Every penny that I earn right now is spent on bills and copays and prescriptions and food (and trust me, we’re eating PB&J but we’re okay.) I had believed, truly believed that my Mom was going to help take care of Christmas for my daughter, Marie as she promised me she would. Marie knows that things are tight- but she built a list for her Grandma on Amazon and then the B.S. hit the fan and the lid got blown off of everything and now it’s back to just me and Marie and a whole lot of therapy and groups (which is, by the way ok.)

    My Mom lives an hour away from us and is very much of the false belief that we can just pray our imbalances away. She was the only relative we had. On Wednesdays after school, Marie attends a teen grief group which is fantastic for her and she looks forward to it every week and she comes out of each session lighter. My Mom suggested that Marie should go to church on Wednesdays (we’ve never been, we’re mostly non-theists) because “God listens to knee-mail” or some such thing she emailed me repeatedly. Marie, being 15 and wanting to please Grandma (because Grandma holds Christmas in her hands and Marie loves Grandma) consents to go once, even if it means missing group. We agree to an extra family session of therapy to make up for the time and Marie goes to church. Marie finds it confusing and isolating and well, quiet (her words.) She tells Grandma so. Marie tells Grandma she would rather not go to church again on Wednesdays because she likes grief group better and church isn’t really her thing but thank you anyway. I stand with my daughter. Suddenly everything blows up and then we are shunned. It was uglier than this but I don’t want it to have any more power.

    My sweet daughter doesn’t understand why speaking her truth has cost her this relationship. We’re working on it in therapy. And I’m working on it in therapy. I am okay with letting my Mother go. Because this is monstrous. We got disowned because we chose therapy over church and I can’t replace the Christmas that’s been promised to my daughter because there’s no time for me to take on extra hours and there’s no approved overtime and there’s no money because everything is wrapped up in the last of the funeral expenses, prescriptions, bills, and copays. And this sucks so much. It makes me feel so helpless.

    But my girl was saving for a fitbit, because our therapist recommended that she and I could measure our healthy choices together because it would remind us to do so, with money she was earning working on jobs for Grandma and now she’s lost that income. She was saving for a single PS4 game to play in the office while I’m in my therapy appointments because there’s a system in the nurse’s office that she has permission to use but no one leaves a game behind for her to try out. The loss of her goals that she was working towards- it worse somehow than anything else because we have lost so much already this year. The loss of understanding- the ignorance: both of suicide, and of chemical imbalance- and the need for our little circle of support and therapy and feedback and doctors and how badly we need it. How delicate and precious the whole balance is.

    She’s bright and smart and funny and has this sense of comedic timing that just blows me away every single time. She’s one of us. She’s just the PG-13 version of us.

    Thanks for hearing me out. I feel a world better just for telling someone other than my therapist and her therapist how freaking awful the crush of this year has been and we’re okay but if we could help Marie get back to keeping her plans in place that would be most super sparkly awesome excellent marvelous thank you please. Xoxo Mo
    Her list:
    https://amzn.com/w/J9VHXVTVPTV3

    (Hey, sweetness. I tried to order some stuff but it tried to send it to me so I’m thinking you might not have a shipping address set up for that wish list. Just go into settings and make sure you have one selected. Thanks! ~ Jenny)

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  29. What a beautiful bunch of magical humans you all are. Thank you for bringing us together Jenny and thank you everyone for being so bloody lovely. X

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  30. Hey Jenny,
    I read this and started crying. I thought we were going to have the worst Christmas/Birthday ever for my daughter this year. Add to that the fact that she turns 16 on Christmas Eve and I’ve been feeling like a horrible parent. Things just piled up. Our rent got raised, our truck broke down monthly for the past 6 months. Money’s not coming in like usual. So my daughter maintains a wish list on Amazon and any help would be appreciated. https://amzn.com/w/YZJBX8YCRGW7

    (Sent a stuffed animal goat to confirm that everything is set up correctly. Looks like it’s working. Also, FYI, your address is hidden for privacy. We just see the city it’s going to. Just in case anyone is concerned about that sort of thing. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  31. I’ll be donating to Project Night Night again – thank you for this.

    I was at your reading in Mikwaukee, WI but wasn’t able to stay to get my book signed, anxiety attack won and I had to leave suddenly. But I loved attending the reading, it was something new for me.

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  32. HI Bloggess, and thank you for what you do. I love my daughter very much, but cant provide the christmas i want for her for 2 reasons. 1. i am unemployed and disabled with Depression and anxiety disorders. 2. She has declined all contact with me for 4 years now. If anyone would wish to show her a merry christmas from me, it would be so very grateful. here is the link. http://www.amazon.com/registry/giftlist/3ATOR3TWMR14V/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_gln

    Happy Holidays

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  33. I’ll be looking for lists as well. I donated to Project Night Night last year and, because they’re a qualified 501(3)(c) I was able to get a company match. Double the gift! Just a PSA to check with your company when you make your gift. Love you Jenny!

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  34. I would love to help; I like the fact we can help someone in the tribe. Can’t wait for the lists to show up! Jenny, what a wonderful idea. I’m just sorry I wasn’t here for years 1-5.

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  35. Amazon Account:
    Jennifer Salas: Leander
    Zach age 14: fallout 4 game
    Emily: age 11: 3d doodler pen (she wants to major in art)
    D.j. Age 19: cd
    Me: secret garden doodling book

    Family of 6: one person working: disabled spouse. Recently diagnosed mental illness and was hospitalized.

    (Hey sweetness, can you put a link to your wish list? Otherwise people can’t find it. Don’t forget to add a shipping address for it. ~ Jenny)

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  36. Kindness changes everything.

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  37. Looking forward to buying stuff off of someone’s Amazon wishlist. It’s ridiculously fun for me. Donating to Heifer is also incredibly fun. My kids love it, too. They like to pick out small cute things, but I tend to lean more towards things like water buffalo.

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  38. Jess: The Zelda swords and medallions are on the way. Should be there Wednesday. ❤

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  39. I love that this is happening again this year. Last year, I was on the receiving end but I’m in a space now where I can pay a little bit forward. This SJG miracle has led me to some wonderful friends and I’m so glad of it and them and you.

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  40. Hey, so, I don’t have a boatload of spare cash, but I do have a box of xmas cards and a pen. If anybody would like a snail mail card cuz sometimes it’s nice to get mail a people touched, I’d love to send one, until I run out… Might include authentic child art, or cat hairs. Email me katylululabelleATyahoo.com….

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    Caroline Pollock

    My car broke down while I was on my way to volunteer for a Christmas charity event. 900 bucks later, the alternator and battery was replaced. I’m single mom, working 3 jobs: caregiver for hospice patients, house cleaner, and librarian clerk, yet I’m nowhere able to afford Christmas for my 10 yo son. If anyone can help, I would be so happy.

    Christmas for Jeremiah 
    

    Link: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/BBB6BFSAVVL7

    (It’s not giving me an address to send it to. Can you go to list settings and put in a shipping address for that specific wishlist? Thanks! ~ Jenny)

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    Leslie O'Donnell

    First off, I want to thank you. I have been part of similar efforts in other places for the past few years, and it has been invaluable….to us and friends of ours that needed help, and to us and friends of ours that needed to find more ways they could help. As for me, well, I’m now the disabled, full-time, special-needs mommy to arguably one of the most amazing ten year olds in the universe. We’re no longer drowning in the medical debt that sucked us in — oh look at that! — a decade ago, but we have yet to get past treading water. So….yeah….we have a wish list. It is made up of needs we can’t meet, and a few wants for our son, too, because sometimes getting the chance for something that ISN’T just a need, IS a need. He never really asks for much, but I’m pretty sure that if he ever asked Santa for more than one thing, orthodonture wouldn’t be next on the list, you know?! Eniways, may the blessings of the season and Saint James Garfield light upon whoever they end up lighting upon! I’m no taxidermied boar’s head, but I’ll see where I can maybe cast a little glimmer, myself.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3D2BO3I5NSPLD/ref=cm_wl_list_o_6?

    (Your list is working! Sent a book. ~ Jenny)

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  43. Hate to be Debbie Downer here but I need help…just not that kind of help. Been in a black hole for weeks now and it is just getting worse. I think I have forgotten how to smile. I am not sure if I can make it through this holiday season….I do have a wonderful family but not sure if I can take getting together and hearing about how wonderful it is going for everyone else – they either have new jobs/promotions/new SOs/bought houses/going on great vacations/etc. I am a giant failure who has really screwed up this year. One of my closest friends I feel is abandoning me because I just won’t think “good thoughts” and “be grateful for what I have”. Because that is a cure for depression, don’t ya know????
    Don’t get me wrong I am SO glad things are going well for my sibs, they work hard and deserve it. Just so hard to hear it all.
    Am actually contemplating ending it all New Years Eve. Just seems like a good time.
    There…I have not told ANYONE this. Except for all of you, who hopefully understand.
    Thanks for listening.

    (You are not alone. You are part of this community and we’re here for you. Remember that depression lies. The darkness will lift. Sending love. Check your email. ~ Jenny)

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  44. my husband had to have surgery and has been out of work since august. we are struggling, but trying to make the best of it. happy holidays everyone. we will enjoy no matter what. xoxo

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  45. I had hoped to be able to donate this year, but, life happend.
    We are just a regular family living paycheck to paycheck making just enough to not qualify for any assistance . Christmas is the most difficult time for us, but we know it isn’t about the gifts under the tree. We are just a typical family with three littles. My middle son has sensory processing disorder (sensory seeking) , my oldest daughter loves science and dinosaurs, and the three year old likes Jake the Pirate and trying to drive me bonkers! My middle son keeps us on our toes. This year we have had six stitches and a broken bone, which is mild compared to last year!
    Each of our kids have one gift right now, and one on the way from a dear friend. With one paycheck left before Christmas and many bills, I unfortunately am posting this wish list for the kiddos and the crawling away. My email if you have questions or would like to contact me is Jennifer_mercurio109 at yahoo dot com.

    Thank you for your generosity and honesty, Jenny. You are an inspiration to many.

    Josalyns Christmas
    Link: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/22OZPZOF4P834

    Jonas Christmas
    Link: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/1DEJHNICMV5DT

    Jacksons Christmas
    Link: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/19CE486G1MGFT

    Jonathan’s Wish List
    Link: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/32F3XWBC77YEJ

    (Your list is working. Sent a book. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  46. Thanks for making this so easy, Jenny. I’ve given a significant amount this year already, but I just finished your book and loved it so I gave again to thank you for that.

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    Laney in Charleston

    Hooray for Jenny and James Garfield! The JGM inspired me – the kids in my life have everything they need and then some. Last year I wrote each one a letter explaining that their aunt spent their present money on other kids and they (my kids) loved it! We’ll do the JGM again and we bought presents for a foster child in a group home here in SC. (When telling my husband, I used the word “adopted” to describe being responsible for the kid’s presents. He thought I was bringing her home to keep. I should probably avoid that term.) I am looking forward to writing the kid’s letters this year and telling them about the kids they’ve helped.

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  48. I managed to fall down a flight of stairs and break BOTH arms Thanksgiving weekend.
    We had life mostly figured out until this happened. I cant work for 6 weeks and unemployment wont kick in until the first week of January. Thank God we will pay rent though. I’ve been riding out what little I had squirreled away to put food on the table and get us immediate necessities.
    Collin(10) and Jack(7) have been a HUGE help to me this month. Learning and helping cook so we can have a good dinner, doing extra chores to help me keep things in order, putting up the Christmas tree with my direction, and poor Collin has even had to help me stand up from the floor once or twice because I got stuck down there not being able to use my hands to boost my butt off the floor. We chuckle about it because its all so ridiculous but we are tired and I am at my wits end with Christmas around the corner.
    They’re good kids. They dote on mom and shower me with hugs and kisses. Collin can rattle off facts about things you’ve never heard of and be right, every single time. Jack will build you pillow forts, make you coffee or fancy drinks(complete with crazy straws), and find you your slippers.
    Any little thing is helpful. They deserve to be happy.
    https://amzn.com/w/37Q566ASR7SDI

    (Hey sweetness, go to list settings for that wish list and add a shipping address. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  49. Messicat, it gets better. It has too. People love you. Strangers love you.

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  50. Hi! I’m a single mom with no financial help from ‘dad’. I’m going back to school right now, so I can hopefully make a better life for myself and my two kids (10 & 12). They are both avid readers, and would love some new books if anyone finds it in their heart to help. I hate getting to the point where I have to ask strangers for help to give my kids Christmas, but they deserve so much more than I can provide at this point. Thank you for considering

    https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/12ZGLZJUY7LR1/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_ip_wl_o_8iTBwb18WAEJ2

    (Hey Robin! Go back into the details for that last and add a shipping address, okay? Thanks! ~ Jenny)

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  51. Hello, I was a recipient last year and I was trying my hardest to not needing help this year but I was faced with some crazy challenges. Unplanned (but super loved) pregnancy and my apartment building got bed bugs whic forced me to move and as a result we lost a lot of our belongings trying to get rid of the bugs.

    I’m a single mom and I’m disabled. As a result of the bed bugs, I lost lots of money and we had to throw away all of our books😦 One major bright side to this year is that last year’s Christmas miracle led me to making some of the best friendships with some awesome people that I wouldn’t have ever known if it wasn’t for this site. They have been my guardian angels over the past year and have helped me through all the scary (and wonderful) parts.

    If anyone is able to help me build back up my kid’s bookshelves with books, I would’ve forever grateful. I’m really hoping that next year leads me to a place where I can be Santa for the Saint James Garfield miracle🙂

    Christmas Wishes for the kids
    Link: https://amzn.com/w/I91ZOWWJBP6M

    (List is working. Sent two books. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  52. Jennifer Salas: Leander
    I forgot to put the link on previous post.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/ref=cm_reg_rd-upd?ie=UTF8&id=15WEG5ZO4RX3Q&type=wishlist

    (Either everything on your list was bought for you in the first 10 minutes or there’s nothing on the list. Hoping it’s the first but if not, just add stuff. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  53. My family donated to Project Night Night last year, and we’ll donate again this year.

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  54. My Christmas donation went to help with funeral expenses for a 5-year-old boy who died from neuroblastoma cancer on Nov. 30th. ❤

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  55. Quick question (I’m new at this): When someone fulfills all or part of someone’s wish list, is there a way for others to know that it has been fulfilled so we don’t double up?

    (Good question. Once an item is bought it disappears from their list. That’s why sometimes you’ll be buying something and it’ll disappear. Once enough stuff has been bought to cover the kiddos the person will usually delete everything else on their list. A blank list means that they’re set. ~ Jenny)

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  56. THANK YOU JENNY, for using your space for good instead of evil. Congrads on the success of the book and Merry Christmas.

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  57. I am so thankful for this opportunity. I was able to donate last year to some families, but this year, the tables have turned. I literally was in a constant state of anxiety/depression this weekend, because I just don’t know how I’ll afford to give my children a Christmas. I was caretaker for my grandmother for years, and she passed just this summer and required my full-time attention the last few months. As such, I have only the meager child support I receive from my children’s father who could care less if I’m able to provide a Christmas. I’m looking for a new job, but with my youngest still in 1/2 day preschool, it’s been hard. Thank you all for an opportunity to crawl out of my dark place and give my children a few presents! God bless you all!
    https://amzn.com/w/2LT5ZYNZIY0EB

    (Your list is working! Sent an art desk set.🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  58. Leslie O’Donnell,
    A DVD and game should get to you on the 16th.
    Praise James Garfield!
    Deanna

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  59. I am a single mom to two amazing kids 10 y girl, 12 y boy. This year has been tough on us all. Having no financial support from the other parent, I’m trying to do Christmas on a shoe string budget. I am going to school full time to try and makea better life for the kids and I, but that means less hours to work. Both my kids are avid readers, and would love some new books of their own. If you can find it in your heart to help, here is their wish list:

    https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/12ZGLZJUY7LR1/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_ip_wl_o_8iTBwb18WAEJ2

    (Go into that particular wish list and add a shipping address, okay? 🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  60. Jennifer Salas–I searched Amazon for your name, and there are tons! Could you maybe provide a link?

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  61. I love that your daughter has so many books on her list Mo Wood. The Giver boxed set is on it’s way🙂 I will look out for some more lists later today. Thanks Jenny for all you do!

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  62. I am leaving a wish list for a friend of our family. She has taken in her granddaughter due to the parents being unfit and is just not financially prepared to give her a Christmas she feels her granddaughter deserves. It is a very sad situation and she is hoping to bring a little joy into her granddaughter’s life with a very Merry Christmas from Santa:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/?ie=UTF8&cid=AQM29WAU315S1

    (Your list is working! Sent scrabble. ~ Jenny)

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  63. https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1V2XZ5ID8CQUM/ref=cm_wl_list_o_6

    Things are just really tight this year. Help is definitely appreciated. Next year will be better…

    (Your list is working! Sent Minecraft legos.🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  64. I am leaving a wish list for a friend of our family. She has taken in her granddaughter due to the parents being unfit and is just not financially prepared to give her a Christmas she feels her granddaughter deserves. It is a very sad situation and she is hoping to bring a little joy into her granddaughter’s life with a very Merry Christmas from Santa:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/?ie=UTF8&cid=AQM29WAU315S1

    (Sent the 500 lego pack.🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  65. Lovely Idea… Although my husband and I are both unemployed this year (media jobs, who knew? ;)), we will help someone this year. Times may be hard for us right now, but there is always someone worse off… and don’t worry, my daughter is set this year. Thank you, everyone, who is doing this… you are wonderful people.

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  66. Hi my name is amanda. I actually have several lists. My husband works. But I am a stay at home mom. Had some health issues. If at all possible I would love to receive some help MERRY CHRISTMAS.. I am asking for help with gifts and necessities. For my mom dad son daughter and myself.

    Household :: http://amzn.com/w/2BPZ68NDAM7Q8
    My son :: http://amzn.com/w/CSE3194EJ2CG
    My daughter. http://amzn.com/w/18A9JDSC7O0XA
    My hubby. http://amzn.com/w/X5UIU8OWFIOI
    Make up daughter and me. http://amzn.com/w/17LRLG5FQCE6
    My brother. http://amzn.com/w/36US7UBD4DYUI
    My dad. http://amzn.com/w/2186M650ICTQG
    My mom. http://amzn.com/w/31S7WOBJJ1XCS
    Myself. http://amzn.com/w/1R79SMSF8K7TV

    (Sent socks for kids and household stuff. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  67. I’m asking for help for the sick kids of Iowa. This year is the 20th anniversary of Jolly Holiday Lights, which is an awesome 3.5-mile-long light display that you can drive through. The lights, electricity, etc, are all donated by sponsors, and the admission fee ($10 per car) goes directly to Make-a-Wish Iowa. Unfortunately, this year, we are in the midst of a huge amount of rain, and the park where the lights are has flooded, so as of yesterday they have to tear the whole thing down. The majority of the cars that go through do so between now and Christmas, and this is Iowa Make a Wish’s biggest fundraiser. I am hoping for people to donate just $10, and pretend they got to drive through and see Santa. Jenny, I thought about not posting this because I hate to add another thing for you to deal with, but I am really sad that this means kids in my community may not get their wishes this year. A link to the news article is here: http://m.kcci.com/news/lights-out-jolly-holiday-lights-closed-for-the-season/36946334 and Make a Wish Iowa is here: http://iowa.wish.org Thank you for considering this as a holiday giving option!

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  68. Love that you do this each year. Always happy to help out. 🙂

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  69. My life has been wonderfully, insanely changed because of St James Garfield.
    Last year I broke down for the first time after having had surgery, and looking at more surgery and allowed myself to ask for help. I ended up with the gift of friends that I didn’t know I wanted or needed. For the first time in my life, ever, I have had people to talk to who also understand the value of not talking when your anxiety meds run out, lol. They have saved me, literally, and that is a miracle that to me is a daily wonder.

    With big daily medical mountains to climb for myself and our middle son who has a rare autoimmune disease life can just be too much sometimes. When you can’t find the wherewithall to get dressed, how will you ever figure out how to replace the water heater or whatever other big stuff us looming? We fight and work and do the best we can, and the grace of the beautiful women I have befriended this year has taught me that that is all I can effing do, and I still can Have a Good Day, Dammit! 🙂

    My boys have two gifts each already and my daughter 3. They are all things they picked out for their rooms which are sorely in need of furnishing so far. I would be so grateful if you could put a few happy gifts under the tree for them… The stuff on the list is stuff they have picked out, so some of it is a bit much, but I let them dream. Just skip over the big stuff. I just want one more year to have them wake up and think all is right with the world, to foster the hope and positivity that will carry them through whatever the new year brings to us. Thank you, even if all you send is a prayer our way.🙂 I will leave their WL link below and then I’m off to neuropsych testing for my middle dude. Oh, and bonus, since I’m proud of my kid… this is my smallest son who was internet famous for a minute earlier this month! http://abcnews.go.com/US/year-boy-donates-money-piggy-bank-mosque-vandalized/story?id=35291105&nfo=/desktop_newsfeed_ab_refer_homepage

    My Kids http://imgur.com/RXF6BlW
    Me ;p http://imgur.com/5f9BmFF
    Their joint list http://amzn.com/w/2JEYMG2UGC70

    (Yay! Sent a book and pajamas. ~ Jenny)

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  70. Robin,
    You need to add a shipping address to your wish list.🙂

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    Christine Barr

    We lost my 5 year old niece the day after her birthday – I have a hole in my shattered heart, and am not feeling Christmas this year. I will donate the money for what would have been her gift to another child.

    (Sending such love. ~ Jenny)

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  72. I love this idea, thank you so much for doing this! I was just thinking this morning that I’d like to do some sort of random act of kindness for this holiday season, so your timing is perfect!

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  73. Nicole, above… I would love to send you boys some books, (The Miss Peregrine series – my 11 yo daughter loves those.) But your address is not available.

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  74. I work with a girl that has twin two yr. olds and a five yr. old. She recently had to leave her husband and is staying at a weekly rate motel. It’s sad. She really doesn’t have much of anything for the kid’s Christmas.
    My kids are older so I hope I did well on picking for them.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/ref=cm_reg_rd-upd?ie=UTF8&id=2GXIXSZZTM97B&type=giftlist

    This is so cool! Thank you!

    (Good choices but you have this under “gift ideas list” instead of a wish list so nothing can be shipped to you. Just start a new wish list, add that stuff and then choose a shipping address for that wish list. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  75. Oh, I love the James Garfield miracle! The first year when it went crazypants huge, it was impossible to watch and not participate. This year I find myself on the side of not being able to contribute, aaaaand that hurts my heart a bit. I am a stay at home mom of two beautiful kiddos that keep me hopping as they are both on the autism spectrum. My husband commutes almost 3 hours A DAY to work and is a job coach for college students with disabilities. This year has been a challenge because I have been in the hospital multiple times for pulmonary embolisms and was recently diagnosed with a butt kicker of an autoimmune disease. Medical bills have sucked up so much of our income that we are struggling a bit for holiday presents for my babes. So, it’s pretty darn humbling to post a wish list link to ask for help, but I’m doing it anyway because my kids are awesome and they are the world to me, so…
    http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/169J4WOY6Z9SQ

    Merry Christmas to you, Jenny and your family — and everyone who read this.

    (Excellent choices but there isn’t a shipping address. Just go add a shipping address for this wish list. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  76. Just a note to say hey. I LOVE James Garfield and his annual miracles!! Reading the comments always restores my faith in humanity (which has taken a beating here lately, TBH).

    P.S.: Thank you very much for reminding me of Project Night Night. My son’s 1st grade teacher requested we make a charitable donation this year instead of getting her a teacher gift (bless) and Project Night Night is perfect. Happy Holidays, Jenny!

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  77. Tomorrow is payday, and dangit, I’m going to donate some rabbits through Heifer. Thank you!

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  78. Jenny, thanks for telling us about Project Night Night, I just made a donation to help 4 kids. I’ll check back to see about helping others. Thank you for being you.

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  79. Mo Wood- I’ve sent some of the items on Marie’s list. I hope they help make Christmas a little easier for you all.

    Bec xx

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  80. Kenn, sent Totoro pillows for your daughter. With them I couldn’t send a gift note (dang), but I think she’ll know they’re actually from you. All the best for you!❤

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  81. When this miracle thing started years ago we didn’t have the extra money to participate, but we did have extra ‘stuff’. So we donated old toys and good condition clothes to a needy local kid that we found through Kijiji. My daughter has gathered her stuff together to do this every year since. Three days ago, we gave our annual care package to a family that’s down on its luck and needed some help giving gifts to their little girl. This is our new family tradition. Yay! Thanks for the miracle again St James Garfield!

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  82. Mo, your Marie sounds like a lovely girl, and her wishlist reminds me of my own (at that age or now at almost 35). I wasn’t going to send this year as times are tighter than normal, but I heard the voice of my recently passed Grandfather in my head telling me “What good is money if you can’t use it to do something good for someone else.”

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  83. Been waiting for this day all month, and already donated a Flock of Hope and some Honeybees. Hoping I have enough money saved to give to Project Night Night. Jenny, you rock the Casbah.

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  84. I think this is such a wonderful thing. I wish I could afford to help out. Like a previous commenter I do have some Christmas cards leftover and if anyone would like to receive a card please email me at jgargarello(at)gmail.com and I will be happy to send cards until I run out.

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  85. OK, I’m checking the lists. amazon still has a 25% off coupon on one book. Apply 25OFFBOOK at checkout.

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  86. Thank you for the info on Project Night Night. I just made a donation in my son’s 2nd grade teacher’s name. What a wonderful organization! Merry Christmas, Jenny, and I hope you can try to have a stress-free holiday and if you can’t, there’s always the Harry Potter coloring book and Christmas cookies to help keep you sane. xo

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  87. This is wonderful, Jenny. I am delighted to have participated in previous years by giving what I could. This year, for the first time, I am in need.

    We had a job loss in our household that devastated our finances. I have one son still at home. He is seventeen. We haven’t been able to afford to get his drivers license and I would really like for him to have a good Christmas. Here’s his wish list:

    http://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/17WUSR4D77KKI/ref=cm_wl_list_o_0?

    Thanks so much for your continuous and seemingly bottomless generosity. It’s a blessing to be part of this community.

    (Go back in and choose a shipping address for this specific wish list so we can send stuff. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  88. Missicat, please, hang in there! Find someone you can talk too locally. You need help, and it’s ok to ask for it. I know it feels really bad right now, I have been there… It got better, for me, and yes, I still have dark days, but please, please, you have many people who want you around.

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  89. Last year I was able to buy a few things for people, this year it’s my turn to have to ask. Health issues, and having to care for a chronically ill family member has drained me of resources, and now Christmas is right around the corner.

    Trying to get gifts for two kids, one a younger teen who is artistic, and an older teen who is much into geek and oddball stuff.

    http://amzn.com/w/35B28A26AROMG

    (Sent a movie gift card.🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  90. You’re amazing, all of you. Thank you more than words.

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  91. this is the first year that i feel financially ok enough to help out!!! Or that can just be some resiudule funds from my graduate plus loan, either way I really want to help some kids out! xoxoxo thank you for this opportunity

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  92. Leslie pointed this out to me. While I may no have kids (not for lack of trying), things are very tight and help is always welcome. This year’ll be a little harder than prior ones, as my furbabies are no longer with me. They both passed over the rainbow bridge within months of each other and I miss them terribly.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/VHEK2HSE32W5/ref=cm_wl_list_o_0?

    (Sent you an inhaler. 🙂 ~Jenny)

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  93. Wish List
    Link: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/1WNFD6VRBACRO

    Here is my wish list. This is Ananda Mejia from comment #19. To anyone out here willing to help us, thankyou. A million times over. This is for Lourdes, 8, Mena, age 7 and Nehemiah, age 4.

    (It’s not giving me a shipping address. Go into that specific wish list and set up a shipping address, okay? ~ Jenny)

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  94. Messicat.
    I’m sorry things are rough right now. Kathleen has it right. It does get better.
    You are stronger than you might think. You are more than this pain.
    Be gentle with yourself.
    We need you out there.

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    Laney in Charleston

    To Mo Wood (28) and Missicat (43): My heart hurts for you both. I was thinking this morning of my first boyfriend who also lost faith in life at age 17, 28 years ago. I still miss him and the world misses him though they don’t know it.
    Mo, take care of yourself and your daughter first – no one else matters right now. Get through this – there is no getting over it. And remind yourself to be kind to yourself, your daughter and your mom. She may be grieving in her own way. Your daughter sounds amazing – let her support you and vice versa.
    Missicat, try to be kind to yourself. Please find some real help – good thoughts won’t make you “better” but depression lies and bad thoughts don’t make you “bad”. Family can be wonderful but the best of them can be exhausting, annoying and just hard to be around. Give yourself a break – maybe short visits and lots of naps.
    Lots of love to you both.

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  96. Jenny, thank you for always doing this. And to the Tribe members sharing your families’ needs, I am sorry you are in a hard place, but thank you for letting us help.

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  97. Voss, you need to fix your account. tried to buy but your not showing up as a send option. Post when you fix it and i’ll try again

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  98. I am struggling to buy gifts for 4 boys this year in Minnesota. My own kiddo is 5, and loves anything to do with science, robots, and outer space. I am also trying to care for my sister’s 3 boys, a newborn, a 4 year old, and a 7 year old. I am a (pretty newly) single mom living off the money I make doing free lance writing gigs, so its pretty tight around here. I would be so grateful for any help making Christmas magical for these beautiful boys! Thank you! https://amzn.com/w/21HA6R3A3AGES

    (Sent you Inside Out and The Story of Ferdinand – I LOVED THAT BOOK WHEN I WAS LITTLE. ~ Jenny)

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  99. I do not know a homeless child. Who can I send it to?

    (Just order a Night Night Package from the project Night Night link and they’ll deliver one to a shelter for you. ~ Jenny)

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  100. I am bawling big hot tears here. I am so glad I found this place. I’ll be doing some shopping later!

    Thank you. Thank you for setting this up, thank you for keeping it going. Thank you to everyone helping, you are all amazing.

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  101. Hey, Mo Wood – I was able to kick in for a gift card for your daughter. My son’s name is Rhett, so your story definitely hit me hard in the feels. Hope I could help a little.

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    Leslie O'Donnell

    Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you!❤

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  103. I created a wishlist for my nephew Alexander. He is 12 years old and had moderate-severe Autism. His mom is wonderful, but is on her own raising him and has a hard time working enough hours as a massage therapist and being able to be to support them, nevermind coming up with money for his birthday and Christmas. He’s a great, loving kid, and I”M proud to call him my godson. Thank you for any help. May you and yours have a wonderful holiday season! http://www.amazon.com/registry/giftlist/Z84RJJC963HN

    (Sent a National Geographic book. ~ Jenny)

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  104. I’m so so grateful for this opportunity. I’m a single partially disabled mom of a beautiful sixteen year old girl. She’s already been told Christmas will be very light – as work was, likewise, very light the last few months – and assured me it’s “totally OK, Mom.” But … I’m Mom. I really would like for her to have at least something she wants to open on Christmas morning and I’m not sure I can do that. Here’s her list link – http://amzn.com/w/2DE6RR48VYARI – PLEASE NOTE: That “Jeffster” shirt was something I added months ago. We do NOT NEED TWO – one was for me (she insisted). If someone wants to get that for her, one will be plenty! THANK YOU!❤

    (Sent her a book. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

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    Christine Barr

    Amanda Mejia – tried to send a gift, but cannot seem to find where to put your address. I don’t know if you need to amend your list somehow, or, HEY HIVE MIND – am I missing some crucial step in checking out which will allow me to send it to her? I freely admit I am a Luddite. Thanks –

    (A lot of people don’t realize that they have to add a specific shipping address for their wish list. I’m trying to go through all of them and order at least one thing so I can test each list and let them know if it’s working. It usually takes a day for everyone to get all of their lists in order and working. 🙂 ~Jenny)

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  106. What a joyful project! Good job, Jenny Lawson!

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  107. This always makes me cry in a good way. You are the absolute best person Jenny. Project Night Night, here I come! Love to our tribe🙂❤

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  108. Sarah, I just sent your friend’s granddaughter a few things, they will come in two packages. I have a friend who also ended up raising their grandchildren so I know how difficult a situation this can be. Happy Holidays to you, and thank you for thinking of your friend and her girl🙂

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  109. Hi guys! Jenny is truly a miracle worker. I’m a mental health counselor with a non-profit organization (CHS) that works predominantly with impoverished kids (age 0 to 21) referred by DCF and schools. The families I work with experience a lot of barriers to treatment…an​d that includes arranging holiday help for their kids. Barriers include things like no transportation​, working under the table, odd work hours, and other things like extreme poverty and homelessness. These are the families that don’t even have cell phones or internet to see things like this. (To find them at times, I have to ask their kids where they are staying this week, or if they have a new number).

    Our toy drives this year didn’t have a great turn out and we have a bunch of kids haven’t been “adopted” yet, or didn’t have services prior to sign up deadline (I have 25 on my own caseload!) We are making sure that every family we are helping have not been signed up to get help through a different agency. Every single toy that is sent to me will be taken straight to my agency for distribution, so all the therapists and case workers can get some presents to their assigned kids who don’t have anything. I’m dedicating a lot of my extra money this month to also buying items (I’ve been hitting thrift stores and Family Dollar), but with so many kids, I can’t help everyone on my own. That’s where you generous folks come in! I set up a huge list to give people options to choose from. Since we have babies, all the way to young adults, there is something for all of them on there.

    I was awed by everyone last year. Thank you for just reading this, and if you actually send something, I’ll probably faint from sheer joy and shock.

    Now, my boss knows that I’m about to post this, but her boss doesn’t, so let’s keep this on the D-L, and surprise the crap out of EVERYONE!

    http://amzn.com/w/2ZJQNC68MLOK9

    (Sent you 9 things. You do good work. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  110. So, Jenny, I’m just verifying that if I go to a list, only the stuff that hasn’t been bought will be there? Right?? I am so exited to pay it forward when I can, but I don’t want to duplicate! Thanks so much for doing this

    (Exactly. I just bought some stuff off a list and when I refresh it’s gone. Sometimes though people will ask for multiples of things (like toothbrushes, etc) but once something is bought it’s removed from the list. The person can always change what’s on the list though, or add more or delete it when they have what they need. 🙂 ~ jenny)

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  111. OMG – thank you Jenny for doing this. Our past year has been ok. Not good, not bad. We were asked to move from our home of 6 years this past summer (our landlords needed our home back for their father to live in.) We were very lucky to find a home we are happier in then our previous home, however that came with a rent increase of $500/month. I hate to ask for help, as we can pay our bills most months and we can usually afford food (even if it’s rice and beans some weeks.) But without help, there won’t be any gifts for my daughter Ashlynn and she has been SO good this year with everything.

    Ashlynn is an enigma – she loves math and science just as much as she loves art and creative writing. She is 9 and still plays with dolls and I’m not planning on having her stop any time soon. Her favorites are Monster High. And she is SO MUCH HELP at home. As I’m a primary caregiver to my grandmother, and I am out of our home about 60% of the week (day and night) Ashlynn has to be responsible for a lot more then she used to – but she does SO GOOD! She keeps on top of homework, helps with laundry and dinner, and generally helps keep the home running until I get home to help for a day or two before I head back to my grandmothers. I can’t say enough about how proud I am of her.

    Here is her wishlist: http://amzn.com/w/QRQ4WT47JY4L

    We would so appreciate any help that we can get and we will definitely pay it forward in any way we can. Thank you for reading and I hope everyone has an amazing holiday season!!!

    (Sent a monster high doll. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  112. I debated posting this because I was really hoping to be on the giving side this year.

    I have two amazing kids – Cassady, who is about to turn 16 and Jack, who just turned 6. Things are getting better after a few rocky years, but I have limited funds and would like to provide a nice holiday for my children. They are so patient when I can’t quite scrape together anything for ‘extras’. (Including glasses for my daughter, which I am saving up for right now.)

    Cassady: http://amzn.com/w/3TW5VXHK4T6BH
    Jack: http://amzn.com/w/2DUPM4FGZWSJD

    Thank you so much for your consideration.

    And Jenny, thank you. I can not tell you how grateful I am to have this opportunity.

    (Sent a coat and a book. ~ Jenny)

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  113. Its been a rough year. Our daughter is 15 and we would just like to put some things under the tree for her. Thank you so much and what a wonderful idea. https://amzn.com/w/TG0BHUWT3K1P

    (Sent some books.🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  114. Shannon from comment #51–the fact that the number one thing you are asking to have for your kids is books hit hard–be on the lookout for a package on Wednesday! Chutes and Ladders was my favorite as a kid, so I couldn’t resist including that. I hope this will help you guys to have a very Merry Christmas!

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  115. I don’t need anything and for that, I am blessed. I did go to Project Night night and leave a donation. It makes me tear up to read some of these comments (which causes awkward questions since I am at work.) And every child deserves a Christmas. This community is simply the best.

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  116. Ohhh…an audiobook. Yes please!

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    Staci Avison

    Mo Wood – A “Hunger Games” set is on it’s way on behalf of my sweet, wonderful 13yo son who struggles with depression, and from me, his mother, who has also struggled since I was a very young girl. You are loved. Your children are loved. ~ Staci

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  118. My name is Edward and I am a US Veteran and I have fallen on hard times. I was hoping to be on the other side of things by now and be able to provide a wonderful Chirstmas for my children but my wife has recently just gotten out of the hospital with Diverticulitis and Kidney problems after having multiple issues after having our daughter 7 months ago, so we got behind on things and her wanting to make sure our children were safe with a roof over their heads and food on the table prevailed and now I have no clue what we are going to do as it is too late to get on most lists out there now. My children are Age 10 Girl http://amzn.com/w/RNRASQ87CHHQ , Age 6 Girl http://amzn.com/w/A5CO1UXRNKNB, Age 5 Boy http://amzn.com/w/1TAGRMP00WRGN , age 3 Boy http://amzn.com/w/7VQGY1ONP8TB , and 7 months Girl. Myself, my wife and my children Thank you from the whole of my heart.

    (Sent books and toys. Thank you for your service! ~ Jenny)

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  119. To Sheryl Sisk — Your daughter sounds like mine. We are blessed, aren’t we? Mine is 15 and works as much as she can babysitting to pay the several thousand dollars for high school cheerleading and to buy her phone and pay her way so I have one less thing to worry about. Never a better kid could I have asked for. Bless yall!

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  120. This is amazing. I don’t know how I didn’t see it last year. True story, both last year and this year I’ve only asked for one thing for Christmas — your books. I’ve always been an avid reader but have found myself struggling to get into books lately, but as soon as I got your first one I dove into it and didn’t stop. I hope that happens with Furiously Happy, too. They also motivate me to write, and seeing as how I hope to be a writer, that’s always a good thing.

    Anyway, personally I am broke, but thank goodness my father and roommate always make sure my son has a wonderful Christmas. Too wonderful, even.. I’m afraid he’s getting spoiled. I have gone through all of his old toys and gotten together at least 5 bags full of them to donate this year, but I have also checked out several of the Amazon wish lists in the comments and will get my son to pick out which gift he wants to give. Every year we save a little of the Christmas money my father gives me (to buy things for my son), and I include my son in the process of using that money to buy a gift for someone else. He’s only 4, and he truly amazes me with how giving he can be sometimes.

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  121. Jennifer Salas, your items are on the way. My son is getting the same xbox game, so I couldn’t resist. I hope your son and the rest of your family enjoy your gifts!

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  122. If you’re thinking about helping someone out, but are worried that small gifts don’t help – SMALL GIFTS HELP.

    For example, a simple, very modest, cheapest-on-the-lot Christmas tree made my son light up with joy. With Jenny’s permission (just nuke this comment if you don’t want it here), here’s a small thank you video I put together for the people who have helped me this year that features the tree. And his happiness.

    If you’re on the fence about helping someone, just watch it. When you’re desperate to give your kid everything but can afford nothing, ANYTHING helps.

    I’ve looked through some of the wish lists people are posting, and it breaks my heart. Nobody is asking for much; there are no big ticket items on the lists I’ve seen. It’s just a bunch of loving parents desperate to give their kids SOMETHING for Christmas, and I know that feeling. It’s awful.

    But you know what? The little notification ding, or the email, or the whatever that gets sent when one of those items – any of them – gets ordered? THAT feeling is amazing.

    Keep being amazing, guys.

    (Amen. And people love buying stocking stuffers and books and socks and little things like that for others. ~ Jenny)

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    Eyreka Peterson

    Hi, I’m Eyreka! I have a 7 year old son and a nine year old daughter. I went to a part time server job from a full time office this past summer in order to finish my degree (so close) and my lovely man is a farmer. Bills are paid, food is on the table, but we’ve only got a few dollar store gifts coming their way. It would be nice for them to get some things they need/want, but that we just can’t afford. Their names are Mia and Joseph and we’d sure would be grateful for anything that comes our way. Best wishes to everyone! https://amzn.com/w/131Z1Z8VMIA5W

    (I don’t see anything on this list, which either means that your stuff has all been bought (yay!) or that you may have added to the wrong wish list. Just FYI. ~ Jenny)

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  124. Missicat – I’m glad you shared, and you were definitely heard and we do understand. I’m sending you love and light AND hope! I know it might sound silly, but do you know the show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? Kimmy says, “You can handle anything for ten seconds.” So she counts to 10 get through a tough moment .. theory is if you can get through 10 seconds, you can get through another. I’ve used it during deep depressing times, by myself and with my kids, and it’s helped. I know it’s not a cure, but maybe it’ll help through the holidays and the New Year and keep you here for 2016 & beyond! Huge ((hugs))!!

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  125. Missycat, everyone screws up. Don’t give up and check out–you make a difference. Your story has made me cry and wish that I could reach out and hug you, or sit quietly next to you. You matter. Please call 800-273-8255. Like Jenny says, the clouds will part and sun will return. Getting there might take time, drugs, and lots of support, but it WILL happen.

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  126. Abby – I just picked a few things out and have them on the way to you. Hope it helps!

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  127. Oops, my list errored and didn’t save the address. It should be fixed now.

    https://amzn.com/w/35B28A26AROMG

    (Sent a book and a journal. ~ Jenny)

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  128. Mine posted double how can I delete one?

    (Fixed! ~Jenny)

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  129. Jenny, you amaze me with all you do. I am disabled and trying to raise my 8 year old grandson. My son came back from military service and sadly is unable to take care of himself much less a child. Never thought I’d be back in the “mom” role of PTO, sports teams, Cub Scouts but I am so blessed to be here to do this. And thank you for making me laugh out loud, I can always count on you to bring a smile to my face. Thank everyone who helps in making Christmas better for our children. Merry Christmas to you all! https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/ref=cm_reg_rd-upd?ie=UTF8&id=1576LHV14U83&type=wishlist

    (Sent a book! ~ Jenny)

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  130. Thank you SO much for doing this, Jenny! And thank you James Garfield! My holiday season has been feeling pretty flat and meaningless, and being able to help a family out directly is such a good thing. I believe that one out of one Popes would agree.

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  131. I wish I could afford to give this year but I decided to go back to school and I’m not working at all due to back surgery. The day I started school my husband was laid off from work so it’s a non existent Christmas for us this year. Just breakfast together. Hopefully next year I can donate to someone in need. Thank you to all the angels who do donate.

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  132. I used my discretionary money to donate to a local charity event to raise money to buy gifts and necessities for a few local families. While I can’t be a donor for JGM this year, I’ll check in every day to read the updated comments and tear up. It’s a beautiful thing. Hopefully next year I’ll join the JGM and find a bright young woman wishing for something science-y.

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  133. Abbey (#98), some presents are on their way to you. Happy holidays to everyone, and than you Jenny for spearheading this awesomeness! ~Chelsea

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  134. While I hate to have to do this, I’m sharing a list for my kids. We’re in a really shitty situation that won’t benefit from the usual channels. We bought a new house this year, and still have our old house. My brother was supposed to fix it up while he paid half the mortgage until we could sell. Well, he sat on his ass and now we are dependent on his payment whether he works on it or not. So we have two mortgages. We’re fucked. My husband’s car needs four new tires and I don’t even know when that will happen. I just want my kids to have Christmas. My son has autism and is being bullied, so I put Under Armour and Nike stuff on the list so he’ll fit in a little more. We’d even take gently used. He’s 11, a size medium and shoe size 4. Also, he plays trombone, cornet and piano. His trombone case is totally falling apart and I wish I could buy him something to carry the thing. There are no more handles on it. It’s almost as big as he is. My daughter is 16, and totally aware of my mental illness. She is a very talented musician and has a great head on her shoulders. She knows we don’t have money for Christmas, but she shouldn’t have to pay the price for it. She can’t get a job until we get new tires to take her to work and teach her to drive. They both desperately need new backpacks. I thank anyone who would even put a positive thought into the universe for us or by chance gets something on this list.

    https://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3FFQ96DOEZ0WW/ref=cm_wl_list_o_11?

    Jenny, you’ve helped me out of the dark hole before. I’ve saved your emails. I read them a lot. I’m there again. You’re the sweetest stranger I’ve known.

    (Sent an under armor hoodie and a book. Love! ~ Jenny)

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  135. I should have included this info in my first post, but this sort of thing makes me so nervous. I want to say that last year I was the recipient of a lot of help from incredibly caring people on this site. Thins really have gotten better, but so much of our income goes to medical/therapy bills for my kids that there is never much left over.

    My daughter was sexually assaulted by my ex husband for several years, starting when she was 9. I found out three years ago and our worlds turned upside down. We have dealt with the court systems (ex is in jail, thank GOD but only until next October) and therapy – my precious girl has really struggled and has been hospitalized with suicidal ideation 3 times.

    I have been working to try to treat my daughter to things to make her feel better about herself. She is convinced that she is basically garbage and it breaks my heart to not be able to treat her to a starbucks on bad days, or be able to buy her fancier personal care items so that she knows she is absolutely worth pampering. I want only the best for her and it is hard to not be able to provide that.

    My ex husband is my son’s dad & he is having a hard time too, just differently as he has had to deal with having an absent parent who is in jail. For him we try to keep life as normal as possible. He just learned to read not too long ago and is doing so amazingly well in kindergarten – a miracle considering that two years ago when he still had to visit his dad every week, he couldn’t talk and was not potty trained.

    Thank you again for this opportunity this holiday season. I can not tell you how grateful I am for the your kindness.

    (Sending you love. And presents.🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  136. My paycheck is based largely off of commission and with this mild winter so far (and the mild summer we had) there isn’t much commission going around (I’m in the hvac industry). My next check (12/24) is going to rent and we have bills to pay with my husband’s check this week. Luckily we are able to pay all of our bills, we just don’t have anything left after that.
    I have 2 step-kids, M and G. M is going to be 18 in January and G is 13. J and L are our other children- J is 9 and L is 8.
    I have attached our wishlist- there is some big stuff on there- but I’ve shared this list with the grandparents as well and it’s also for their birthdays, which aren’t too far off. There are a couple things on there for my husband and I (including Furiously Happy!!!) and our cats (Stink, Whiskers and Oreo). J is on the autism spectrum, so there are some sensory things on the list as well.
    http://amzn.com/w/299TSKIKK0XZF

    (Sent you Ticket to Ride. I didn’t understand how a board game could be $40 until I started playing it and realized how awesome it is. Good for the whole family too. ~ Jenny)

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  137. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/ls/ref=navm_hdr_wl

    My name is Raquel and someone on a Facebook mommy page I’m apart of posted this for all the moms. I thinks it’s amazing that y’all are able to help so many people out! Once I get to a stable place in my life I would love to donate. I am a mommy of a beautiful 2 month old boy, will be 3 months right before Christmas! I know he is young but would love to have a fee gifts for him this year. Currently I am not working due to just having a baby and my poor fiancee just can’t catch a break. We are just staying positive! I’m so glad I found this blog too, I enjoyed reading through it! I hope everyone has a blessed holiday and an amazing New Year! Much Love!

    (The link doesn’t go to a wish list. Try again? 🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  138. Btw how can we tell if someone’s wish list has been fulfilled or not? When my aunt buys off my wish list it tends to stay there until I clear it. Just curious if I’m missing a step.

    (It disappears if you buy it directly off their list and have it sent straight to them. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  139. This it’s such a beautiful thing! After moving halfway across the country this summer to live nearer to my husband’s 11 year-old daughter and 12 and 13 year-old sons, we’re tapped and can’t afford much of anything but rent. We couldn’t care less about us hanving a nice Christmas, but the kids certain deserve one, so I’ve been crafting until my hands feel like they’ll fall off to make gifts for them. If someone feels generous enough to help, we’ll accept, but knowing that there’s people in the world like you, Jenny, is so exciting!

    https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/2CGNZDS9M3XZG/ref=cm_sw_r_an_wl_o_H-TBwb72ZEEXB

    (Go in an choose a shipping address to go with this specific wish list so we can send you stuff. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  140. I’m not sure mine posted so I am trying again. There is a young girl at the restaurant I work at that has 3 small children. She is having a really hard time and doesn’t have much of anything for them for Christmas.
    They like Pepper Pig and Paw Patrol and books (the small ones) and Princesses and books for the older one.
    I think I made the list right.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/ref=cm_reg_rd-upd?ie=UTF8&id=2GXIXSZZTM97B&type=giftlist

    Thank you Jenny!

    (Yay! It worked. Sent books, socks, etc. ~ Jenny)

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  141. http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/ref=nav_wishlist_btn

    I am a newly single mom of 5 amazing kids. Anything would help so much, they made a wishlist over the past few weeks for my family go see, but I never sent it out because I didnt want to be a burden. What an amazing community here!

    (looks like you’re not linked to your specific wish list. Try to link again? Thanks! ~Jenny)

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  142. @Donna | December 14, 2015 at 8:51 am I sent some things.

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  143. Jenny thank you for all you do. I am disabled and raising my 8 year old grandson. My son came back from his military service unable to take care of himself much less a child. I never thought I’d be back in “mom” role with PTO, Cub Scouts, sports and the like. But I am so lucky to be able to do this and watch him grow! Thanks so much for helping with Christmas and mainly thanks for the laugh out loud posts that make everyone’s lives brighter. https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/ref=cm_reg_rd-upd?ie=UTF8&id=1576LHV14U83&type=wishlist

    (Sent a book! ~ Jenny)

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  144. I have been trying to figure out what to get my grandparents for Christmas because, really, what do you get a 79-year-old, an 80-year-old, and a 95-year-old who already have everything AND who have loads of grandchildren buying them presents?

    James Garfield has inspired me to make a donation to a local charity in the name of my grandparents. It’ll make me feel good and it’ll make my grandparents feel good and–BEST PART–a few locals will hopefully have a bit of Christmas joy.

    Merry Christmas, Jenny and Victor and Hailey!

    (Love this. ~ Jenny)

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  145. My husband, kindergartener, and I made six trips into her school early this morning with armloads of gifts for a family that can’t afford Christmas this year. I love providing an amazing Christmas for my daughter each year, and am thankful that I earn a good living to be able to provide that for her. But, what these four little girls–who are strangers to us and thought they were getting nothing this year–will look like when they see their pile on the 25th…that’s what the season is all about!

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  146. If anybody is looking to help alleviate the boredom of an amazing little girl who gets super antsy during her chemo treatments, I’d love to read my niece The Princess Bride over Christmas. It was always my favorite, but I lost my copy during a move last year and I’m not in a position yet to be able to spend money on something so “frivolous”. I thought she’d love this edition because it is illustrated. And I’m not going to lie, I’d get a kick out of turning the next generation on to the Best Book Ever Written (aside from Jenny’s, of course). Thank you.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/37STUSWBL78SO/ref=cm_wl_list_o_0?

    (By the time I opened this it was already bought. Love. 🙂 ~Jenny)

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  147. Missicat, I’m in the same boat as you, but I know I won’t end it. I just can’t do that to my kids. The guilt is worse than the pain. I am thinking of you, and hope we both claw our way through this feeling. I know the pain of hearing the joy of others. Please hang in there!

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  148. I just posted about ky amazing kids and included the wrong website. There are 5 of them, and I am newly single! We have each other, but not much for Christmas. Absolutely anything would help!
    http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3L1MQN92992F8

    (Sent you Exploding Kittens. We love playing that. ~ Jenny)

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  149. Voss,
    Some art supplies are on their way to you! Looks like they’re coming from different places, so they should be there on the 16th and 17th.
    Happy creating!
    Deanna

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  150. I chose three things from three different wish lists to try to spread the help out a little – I have been there – there were a good number of years where buying a bag of pretzels for my kids was a luxury – I’ve been there, I know how much it sucks. I still can’t afford a whole lot, but hopefully I’ve helped a little bit! Thank you Jenny – this community that you’ve built helps heal my heart regularly.

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  151. Last year my kids were blessed to receive gifts from some lovely folks. This year we’re struggling again, but rather than sharing my kids’ list, I’d like to ask for help for my Mom. (http://www.amazon.com/registry/giftlist/QSODLCNA8005)

    She is experiencing early dementia due to deteriorated brain matter caused by pressure from a brain tumor. She has been in the hospital for 5 weeks waiting for placement in an adult foster home. I have finally found her the perfect one and she will be moving today or tomorrow, depending on the swiftness of her case manager. She is only 54, so the transition from living independently to living in an adult foster home has been hard on her.

    This list only has a few items on it, as she doesn’t have room for a whole lot. My wish for her is to have a few things to open on Christmas day that might bring her comfort and help her feel settled in her new home.

    Thank you Jenny and all you other wonderful folks who make this such a spirit-renewing event every year. My kids were thrilled with their gifts last year and I have met some AMAZEBALLS people because of last year’s miracle. You are all incredible and I wish each of you a happy holiday b/c I know adulting is really hard this time of year!

    (I don’t see the wish list anymore so I’m assuming everything was bought off of it? ~ Jenny)

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  152. You change lives. Simple and true. No matter what Winter tells you, you even save lives.

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    Stefanie Pont

    Sent Project Night Night some support. Much as i love heifers and bees, they are hard to wrap

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  154. It would be wonderful to have my children receive something frivolous that they’ve asked for this Christmas. I have one payday left before the holiday, but if there is any money for gifts I need to buy them some colder weather clothes. There is a 10 year-old boy that is an avid reader, loves building and logic games, an eight year-old girl that loves monsters, ponies, unicorns…and thanks to Jenny, I’ve put a Narwhalicorn on her list! A six year-old very into Shopkins and Little Pet Shop, and an 18th month-old boy who loves Mickey Mouse and stacking things.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/ref=cm_reg_rd-upd?ie=UTF8&id=38KT4HCGSLA6H&type=wishlist

    (Sent 4 books. Good choices, btw. ~ Jenny)

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    Jessika Mason

    My husband and I are in a bind this year, as his job’s pay has decreased dramatically, leaving it difficult for us to afford food let alone gifts. With expecting baby #3 and homeschooling full time, I have been unable to help my husband with extra income, and finding full-time work for my husband that pays the bills has proven to be very difficult. We have been living off approx $1500 per month for the last half of this year. We have two wonderful girls, ages 2 and 4, who very much deserve a Christmas. They have had to go without quite a bit this year, and they’ve been troopers about it. After downsizing, having to sell our (and their) belongings to pay the electric or grocery bill, and the amount of stress, my little sweethearts still have smiles on their faces. They won’t be expecting much for the holidays, and it would be amazing to surprise them with a few things!

    Thanks to anyone who is kind enough to send them anything.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/ref=cm_wl_edit_brc?ie=UTF8&id=BWZ53KL98HMX&type=wishlist

    (Sent coloring books and stickers ~ Jenny)

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  156. It’s embarrassing to ask for help, but it’s been a hard year for us financially and we haven’t been able to get our boys (13 and 15) the few things they really want this year. Happy Holidays to everyone and I wish you all the joy in the world this season and all those to come! http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1SFDOPXS6SZM9/ref=cm_wl_list_o_0?

    (Sent you Exploding Kittens. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  157. Andy Shuping #1 and Mary #16: just because you don’t have kids doesn’t mean that you aren’t important too! I would be happy to help you out if you post a link or list.

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  158. To be terribly honest, this request isn’t for me. And it’s not for any wishlist. It’s just that my best friend of 20+ years, my perfect hetero-life-mate has had what could possibly be termed the worst year in existence (we’re talking epic) She’s having a helluva time just making it day to day, so my request, in honor of Saint James Garfield, is just that you send some warm and hopeful thoughts (addressed to Skye) her way. Thanks, y’all, and hope your holiday (in whatever denomination you may celebrate) or non-holiday (whichever applies????) is amazing and not filled with spiders. Unless that’s your thing.

    (Done. Love to you both. ~Jenny)

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  159. I forgot to add my 7 month old daughter’s list to my original post…sorry here is the fixed post. My name is Edward and I am a US Veteran and I have fallen on hard times. I was hoping to be on the other side of things by now and be able to provide a wonderful Chirstmas for my children but my wife has recently just gotten out of the hospital with Diverticulitis and Kidney problems after having multiple issues after having our daughter 7 months ago, so we got behind on things and her wanting to make sure our children were safe with a roof over their heads and food on the table prevailed and now I have no clue what we are going to do as it is too late to get on most lists out there now. My children are Age 10 Girl http://amzn.com/w/RNRASQ87CHHQ , Age 6 Girl http://amzn.com/w/A5CO1UXRNKNB, Age 5 Boy http://amzn.com/w/1TAGRMP00WRGN , age 3 Boy http://amzn.com/w/7VQGY1ONP8TB , and 7 months Girl http://amzn.com/w/2BW78DYJABHHT . Myself, my wife and my children Thank you from the whole of my heart.

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  160. man you guys are fast! Cai (comment 147) – this cancer survivor (and Princess Bride fan) wanted to get the book for your little girl, but someone beat me to it…! Keep on laughing

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  161. Last year I discovered your blog and through the Christmas Miracle I met so many great people that I still keep in contact with and I am now a regular follower of your blog. I can’t tell you how much of a difference that particular post made in our lives! We’re still struggling this year but things are looking better.

    I’m a divorced mother of four kiddos. The kids are all pretty young and I stay busy keeping up with them while going to grad school. We’re looking forward to the day that we can log on and make someone else’s Christmas wishes come true. Thank you for all that you do!

    http://amzn.com/w/25ATZFB717DOV

    (Sent books. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  162. Thank you very much for organizing this totally unorganized wonderful gift exchange!

    And to anyone struggling too much to even post – please know that even though we might not know you yet, we do care about you. Hold on for just one more breath, and then another. Give us time to meet you.

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  163. Single mom of three kids…two boys aged 6 & 7, and one toddler girl.

    I’m in my last semester of grad school and have not been able to work due to school obligations. I’m hoping that by completing school, I will be able to give them a great future.

    http://amzn.com/w/22LMP8BBZBAJ4

    (Sent hot wheels and baby bottles. ~ Jenny)

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  164. Andy Shuping #1 and Mary #16: just because you don’t have kids doesn’t mean that you aren’t important too! I would be happy to help you out if you post a link or list. In fact, I know lots of people will be helping out the kiddos, so please tag me for adult needs!

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  165. Tonight, before we head out for Christmas shopping with the kids, I’ll have my girls pick out a couple people to support on here. We don’t have a lot, but we have enough and we have extra. I was a kid who benefitted from the kindness of strangers years ago and I love to give back. Thank you Jenny. 💕💕

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  166. I’m able to help this year, and I’m so happy to do it! I’ve been on the other end before, and I’m so grateful you give us this chance to pay things forward, Jenny. Love to you and everyone here.

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  167. Hi. Check out this list: https://www.amazon.com/registry/giftlist/3GA2X4NADK5TR/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_it_gl_o_DrUBwbV477S47
    I created one for my 9 month old grandson James! . He and my 19 year old daughter live with us. I watch him while his mom goes to school and her part time fast food job. She hasn’t started receiving child support yet so we help out as much as we can until she can support themselves fully.

    (You don’t have a shipping address assigned to this wish list. Update when you can. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  168. Jenny, thank you for doing this and allowing me to share my good fortune with others.

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  169. #113 – Pinkesh
    Could you email me? I’d like to see if I could help getting glasses for your daughter through an online glasses store. I’d just need some info and to know what glasses style she likes.
    tclosson@hotmail.com

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  170. I’ve had a hard financial year myself, but I’m so excited to feel like I can send one or two small things to someone. Thank you for doing this Jenny. You are the best.

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  171. Trish Sams, from one cold feet sufferer to another, slippers are on the way.

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  172. The kids and I will be choosing some gifts from wishlists this year. I love that you do this and love that I’ll have money to go toward it this year. 😀

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  173. Thank you all a million times over: http://www.amazon.com/registry/giftlist/Q8UABGIMGMWK – health issues this year are preventing us from doing much of anything holiday wise for the kids and it is breaking my heart. I cannot express what it means that there’s a community that would do this. Humanity is alive and well here. Thank you for making me aware of that today.❤

    (Sent an art kit. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  174. Hey Jenny. Hey Tribe.

    I guess it’s my turn to ask for help this Christmas. I don’t have a wishlist or anything. I actually just need ideas.

    My mom was diagnosed with advanced small-cell lung cancer right before Thanksgiving, and given about two years to live. We got her through the first round of chemo and home for Turkey day. She had her second round of chemo starting last Wednesday. That night, she suffered a massive stroke that has caused her to lose all motor control over her left side. She can’t swallow, or lift her arm, or scratch an itch, or anything else we all take for granted.

    I want to do or get something nice for her and dad this Christmas, it would make my entire year to see them smile, but I can’t even begin to conceive of what to do.

    Tribe, in the good name of James Garfield, do you have any ideas? Can you help me out at all? I’ve spent the last four days sitting watch in mom’s hospital room, wishing and hoping to see any improvement, and I’m completely out of spoons.

    I love you all! I hope you have the merriest of Christmases.

    XOXO,

    Morgan

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    Kathy Royama

    I love your voice! I go to sleep every night listening to one or the other of your books! So kind of over and over and it never gets old…

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    Beth Larrabee

    The last few years have been rough on my family. It seems that anytime we get ahead something always happens and knocks us back down again. This year has been no different. I thought we would have Christmas covered last month, only to find out that our car needed 4 new tires and some electrical work. There went the Christmas monies. I’m so fortunate that my kids are so good and never really ask for much, but it’s so hard because I always feel like such a failure. I have three kids, my oldest son is 16, on the Autism spectrum and he really loves Pokemon and Manga, My middle son is 13, and he loves Nerf guns, playing the trumpet (hence the valve oil on the wish list), Lego and mine-craft, and my daughter is 7 and she loves Frozen, cats, Lego and coloring. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for any help any of you can possibly give this year. Here is our wish list http://amzn.com/w/1SRGQ2DGHYNP

    (Sent a book, art supplies and a pokemon hat. ~ Jenny)

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  177. I love this so much I’ve shared it with everyone I know. I’m grateful to feel like we can help a little this year. I know how it is when you want nothing more for your children to have a joyful Christmas. Wishing everyone a peaceful holiday,❤

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  178. This makes my heart so happy to see people getting help for their children. I thought our year would be better but we’ve been hit with news that my husband could be losing his job and with it, our health benefits. This is especially hard after we found out we’re expecting our 4th child.
    I have my eldest son, Xavier who is 8. He loves science but he has an adoration for space and the constellations. My daughter Aurelia who is 5 and is having a difficult time in school due to her speech problems and she loves being imaginative, playing with dolls and figurines and finally Raphael (named after the ninja turtle) who is such a happy baby. He loves chewing on things and dancing. I’d be so appreciative if anyone could help me this year.
    Thank you all for doing this.

    https://amzn.com/w/3OEGSQ9805KNA

    (You don’t have a shipping address assigned to the wish list. Can you fix? Thanks! ~ Jenny)

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  179. Thank you so much Jenny.. this is amazing. So many wonderful people here

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  180. I want to help so much, but this has been a very tight year. Outgoings have been high (still holding out hope that it will pay off in the long run), and sales have been, not so great. Luckily, my husband’s day job keeps us going, and we’ve been fortunate to have a little extra to donate to a little boy in Memphis that goes to a school my friend works at. I wish I could do more. I wish I could give everyone a giant hug, and be hugged back, and we’d all turn into a sobbing, happy, huggable mass of togetherness. So, although I’m financially tapped, and it’s probably not much good, I’m sending out universal hugs to everyone.

    @Mo Wood, if you and Marie see this, a special hug to both of you. Suicide has touched my life and taken away so much too many times. I struggle with it myself. Additionally, family ties were sometimes strained and sometimes lost completely over differences of religions and beliefs. Forging our own paths is not always easy, but it’s always worth it.

    Wishing everyone a Blessed Yule! Hold your important people close today and throughout the year. Much love.

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  181. I like helping out the furry friends. Anyone needing help with cat/dog/rabbit stuff??

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    Grandma Kisses

    I would like to nominate my daughter for this she has two wonderful children and really needs some help, she recently went through a very rough situation of leaving her fiancé who was becoming more and more abusive. Over the last year he has developed a drinking and drug problem, none of us including his mother have been able to get him to seek help, he used to be so sweet and kind but started becoming meaner and meaner as the months went on. Slowly he started smacking my daughter she stayed because she thought she could still help him kick the habit.

    Last month she got off work early and found him sleeping around on her, they got into a fight over it and he started beating her then tried to strangle her saying it was his right as a man to do as he pleased. She knew she had to leave so she grabbed what little she could and left, I myself do not have a lot of money I care for my teenage son and my elderly grandmother who is ill, thankfully myself, two family members and what my daughter had in her savings got her a small apartment the only problem now is the kids aren’t going to have Christmas because none of us can afford it, her and the kids need clothing and food, and her car is falling apart on her. Her world started falling down around her and I hate seeing my daughter and grandbabies like that. She needs new shoes, hers are leaving sores on her feet and she needs shirts for work, the kids can use clothing in general.

    Any help would be appreciate, I put together a walmart and amazon wishlist for them with things they need and can use. Both kids have Birthdays coming up so I put parties supplies on the lists as well. Any walmart or amazon gift cards donated will go toward clothing/food for the three of them. I would Love to surprise them with decorating their house and helping with some of the things they need.

    If anyone wants proof of her situation I have a number of photos from her attack that we took for court (custody/restraining order). You can email me at Grandmakisses3 AT yahoo DOT com if you want proof before helping.

    amzn.com/w/1XTDC7OG1BIU2

    walmart.com/lists/view-wish-list-items?id=8f3ad91b-b7c2-4bc1-8c18-09803ccffb14

    I made a wishlist for my son as well, all of my extra funds went towards putting a roof over my daughter and grandkids heads:

    amzn.com/w/N5T36J7WUNVD

    Thank you

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    laurengowing

    I would love to donate some trees and animals to heifer International, but I’m always wary of certain charities. I want to know that 100% of my donation is going to helping others and not just a small percentage not taken up by administrative fees. Does anyone have any information on Heifer International so I know where my money is going?

    I’m sure Jenny did this research herself, but I just like to make sure with stuff like this. An article or anything telling me more about this charity (From a source other than the charity itself) would be super helpful.

    I love that this is such a success every year! Donating to those in need is what Christmas should be all about, not about plastic toys that will be forgotten by January! I don’t have much, but I have the ability to help out a little bit this year so I will do whatever I can for whoever I can!

    Happy Holidays everyone!!!

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    EssenceOfDog

    Jenny, you are magical in your way of posting the message most appropriate for my mood on any given day. I have no needs other than for an uplifted state of mind, so being reminded how I can help others is perfect today. Plus, seeing a community of strangers helping each other is a great reminder that the world is full of wonderful people, even if the news focuses on the evil ones. Thank you, everyone, for being lovely human beings.

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  185. I’m so glad I saw this. I’m desperately trying to figure out how to have more than a dollar store Christmas for my kids. My husband decided that leaving me during the holidays was a great idea, leaving the kids and I devastated, and I had a job but ended up in a nervous breakdown due to everything, and am now on an unpaid leave of absence while we get my bipolar medications working again. We’ve moved back in with my mom, so we know we have a roof over our heads, and water, heat, and food, but because she is supporting three extra people, she doesn’t have extra money for presents or to help me get presents for them. My ec-husband, not the current just left me husband, has chosen to put all the time he should be working picking up yet another girl, so that means we aren’t getting child support, which would be $400 a month, which would be nice, but it’s not coming now. Anyhow, my kids are amazing, my son is 10, the light of my life, and the most easy going child I know. He loves to read about mythology, he plays Minecraft and Magic: The gathering, and is pretty much happy with anything. My daughter is 7, a drama queen who likes to be the center of attention. She loves to sing and act, loves Barbie’s, though she doesn’t have any, baby dolls, cabbage patch dolls, and makeup. I’ve added a lot of family games to the list, because we love to spend time together playing, and it helps with critical thinking skills. My son is into educational items more than just tohs, and my daughter is more into babies.

    I tried to make a list with things they would enjoy, but they would be happy with anything.

    Thank you so much.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3PS36UEXCYXHG/ref=cm_wl_list_o_2?

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  186. Eyreka, your package should arrive on Wednesday. Merry Christmas!

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    Grandma Kisses

    How do we know if our comment posted?

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  188. I don’t need anything but can vividly remember a five year stretch starting in 2005 when my wife and I had to quite literally go hungry to make Christmas happen for our daughter. Where I can clearly remember counting dimes before going out to make sure I could pay for enough groceries just to barely get by.
    That’s why for stuff like this I say to you (that’s an all inclusive Jenny and everybody) THANK YOU!
    We give a lot to a local charity here that’s like Project Night Night, and also to one that brings presents to seniors who don’t have anybody left in their lives. It’s really true that nothing feels better than being able to help someone else, especially when you’ve been there.

    Side note – special thanks to you, Jenny. I met you in Toronto and said it then, but I’m really not sure I’d be here today if it hadn’t of been for your book showing up the day it did. Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference, and you provide more little things than anybody else ever.

    Thanks, and Merry Christmas

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  189. Danielle, some goodies are headed your way. It says they should arrive by Christmas Eve. I’m hoping a little bit sooner. Have a great Christmas.

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  190. Sheryl Sisk, I have sent your daughter a book. I hope she will be as happy with it as my own daughter is.

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  191. My husband just walked in and asked why I was crying and I told him it’s because I just bought sheets, socks, and underwear for some kids don’t know in Illinois. 💜

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    Amanda Mejia

    Jenny, ii can’t find where to add my address for the wish list. I went to settings, but it only came up with ” add as default” and a selection of private or public. Any suggestions?

    (I was going to give details but I see that you just figured it out. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

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    BrokenNotDead

    Hopefully you are feeling better and resting now your tour is done ! I love reading your blog Jenny ! Some days its the only thing that gets me thru the day ! I hate to ask but Christmas is the holiday the kids dream about and I hate ruining that dream ! A host of problems and health issues (mine) have made this year so hard on them. I would love for Christmas to make them smile ! I hope it’s okay, I added “Furiously Happy” to K’s List, but it is actually for me ! I want to read it so much ! Thank you and Merry Christmas ! T.J.’s list http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/VFQWLPFW0HEW/ref=cm_wl_list_o_5?
    A’s list http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2WCRPJ4AYLB2F/ref=cm_wl_list_o_4?
    K’s list http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3ACWTEWK70AWU/ref=cm_wl_list_o_3?

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  194. Thank you for doing this, Jenny, especially after your hectic, exhausting book tour. Bless you and all your readers. I am hoping that to see many, many wish lists! I am also reaching out to ‘Missicat’ to say I am hearing her pain and I wish I could do something. Please, please do not take your own life. You are too important to this world and you do not even know it. And just because things are tough now, they won’t necessarily stay that way. If your family can’t be supportive of you during this rough time, politely decline, and find a group of women who will. Sending you some bright light from the miracle of James Garfield, and check back in here and post a wish list. We support you.

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  195. I just want to say, that this is an amazing idea, and the perfect meaning of Christmas. I SO wish that I could participate, but I am struggling to keep myself afloat this year. We’re living client to client (we’re dog sitters), and each clients money goes directly to food, rent and utilities. But, even tho I can’t send money, I want to send my deepest appreciation to those of my friends who went out of their way to bring us food, or gift cards so we could get groceries, and such. I would also like to thank my wonderful father, without whose support I would literally be on the street. And I would like to thank you, Jenny, for bringing laughter into the world that is my head. Thank you, and prayers of peace and light to all of you this holiday season, and all year long.

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    Amanda Mejia

    Never mind! I figure it out! THANKYOU!❤️

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    Grandma Kisses

    I would like to nominate my daughter for this she has two wonderful children and really needs some help, she recently went through a very rough situation of leaving her fiancé who was becoming more and more abusive. Over the last year he has developed a drinking and drug problem, none of us including his mother have been able to get him to seek help, he used to be so sweet and kind but started becoming meaner and meaner as the months went on. Slowly he started smacking my daughter she stayed because she thought she could still help him kick the habit.

    Last month she got off work early and found him sleeping around on her, they got into a fight over it and he started beating her then tried to strangle her saying it was his right as a man to do as he pleased. She knew she had to leave so she grabbed what little she could and left, I myself do not have a lot of money I care for my teenage son and my elderly grandmother who is ill, thankfully myself, two family members and what my daughter had in her savings got her a small apartment the only problem now is the kids aren’t going to have Christmas because none of us can afford it, her and the kids need clothing and food, and her car is falling apart on her. Her world started falling down around her and I hate seeing my daughter and grandbabies like that. She needs new shoes, hers are leaving sores on her feet and she needs shirts for work, the kids can use clothing in general.

    Any help would be appreciate, I put together a walmart and amazon wishlist for them with things they need and can use. Both kids have Birthdays coming up so I put parties supplies on the lists as well. Any walmart or amazon gift cards donated will go toward clothing/food for the three of them. I would Love to surprise them with decorating their house and helping with some of the things they need.

    If anyone wants proof of her situation I have a number of photos from her attack that we took for court (custody/restraining order). You can email me at Grandmakisses3 AT yahoo DOT com if you want proof before helping.

    Amazon Wishlist ID # 1XTDC7OG1BIU2

    Walmart ID # : id=8f3ad91b-b7c2-4bc1-8c18-09803ccffb14

    I made a wishlist for my son as well, all of my extra funds went towards putting a roof over my daughter and grandkids heads:

    Amazon Wishlist ID # N5T36J7WUNVD

    Thank you

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  198. Bethany,

    A Pikachu blanket for your older son, trumpet supplies for your younger son, Ramona books for your daughter, and Big Hero 6 for the family should all be there this week. All my love to you guys. Hope things turn around for you soon.❤

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  199. I love the timing of your post, Jenny. I’ve had a pretty rough year – I lost my health insurance at work and Obamacare is a nightmare when you have chronic health issues. But just this morning I found out that we’re getting our insurance back. It is a Christmas miracle. Since 2015 is ending on a high note for me I want to help make sure it ends better for someone else too. Thank you for giving me a chance to make someone else’s Christmas brighter.

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  200. Money is tight here this year, but I think we’ll be able to manage. My kiddo is almost 15 so a couple gift cards make him much happier than any of my homemade crafty items.

    So…because I don’t have money to share, but I want to do SOMETHING, I want to donate some craft items to some kiddos who will get a smile from them. I can help 2 kiddos, so if you wanna email me becominneurotic@gmail and list the subject Jenny Said So, I’ll answer you ASAP.

    **Hope this is okay Jenny. It was all I could figure out to be able to help. Happy holidays!

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    Amanda Mejia

    For anyone else having problems adding the shipping address, you have to be on full site, not the mobile version.

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  202. I am wishing for two families as they have no internet at home. First, list here: https://amzn.com/w/C0HORFYKWIR4

    My best friend and my brother’s kids.

    BF: A and S 15 and 11 Awesome kids, Mom works two jobs, Dad had a couple major surgeries and is disabled now. (Major neck surgery that caused some severe nerve damage)

    Bro- T, C, H 12, 10,3, Two boys and a 3 yr old autistic girl. Brother has custody of the kids from past relationship and has daughter with his new wife. Both work their butts off to keep the family going.

    These two boys are my heart and soul. What 12 and 10 year old would run over to their, fat disabled aunt, at school and give her a hug? Those two. With no qualms.

    They are all very hard working kids who do their best to deal with the lack of money. Thank you so much for any help you can give them.

    (Four DVDs on the way. ~ Jenny)

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  203. I do not have children. I do have a niece who is wonderful and smart and so creative. I had hoped to be able to be in a better position financially this holiday season, but it has been a rough year for me, like so many others. Chronic health problems, a couple of weird surgeries, and the requisite car breakdowns have made this a banner year in my world. This blog is one of the few places I can go to feel normal. My anxiety and agoraphobia are not only not weird here, they are almost prerequisite conditions! If, after helping those who have kids of their own, someone would like to help me make my teen niece’s Christmas special, I would appreciate it so very much. http://www.amazon.ca/gp/registry/wishlist/253NUB3094DH3

    (I can’t order from Canada but if anyone is looking for a Canadian, see above. ~ Jenny)

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  204. I was able to help 4 people on the list this year. I hope everyone gets something. God bless James Garfield!

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  205. I have a list for my kids, 2 boys and 2 girls. Ages 16, 14, 11 and 8. This year had been going ok until my hours at work got cut in half. My husband is a disabled veteran (PTSD, TBI and a slew of injuries) who is unable to work so he stays home with the kids while I work at a grocery store and try to get freelance work as a photographer. He homeschools the kids because he’s awesome, but I can tell he’s really worried and trying to keep it together for my sake. My kids haven’t been expecting a big Christmas and we’ve tried to focus more on enjoying the season instead of all the presents, so they’re not expecting much. I can’t do any shopping for them myself until the 23rd when I get a paycheck and it’s basically been a rough month trying to plan. I would love to surprise them with just a few more things then they probably expect. If anyone is inclined to help, I’d be so so grateful. https://amzn.com/w/3BPGP2VEO0GXR

    (Sent you BattleShip Star Wars and a science kit. ~ Jenny)

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  206. As the solo parent to an AMAZING child, I’ve struggled. I’ve tried to do it all on my own, but I’ve found that being willing to accept help is something that takes a lot of courage. I have accepted help. And it was hard to do, it was humiliating, but it heartwarming to know that good souls do care.
    This year I’ve been fortunate enough that my business ventures are skyrocketing, and the financials are not as rocky. I’d like to encourage those of you who do need help to ask for it, please.
    Some of us believe in paying it forward, so you’re really helping us out by letting us help you!🙂 Do it for us! It’s all about us and our need to pay it forward and put some smiles on some faces!
    Now, let’s hit those wish lists…

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  207. You’re awesome, Jenny. So glad you’re doing this again. Thanks for being you.

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  208. You are amazing. Thank you for all of your efforts to make the world a better place.
    Laura

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  209. So I’d like to ask for help for a friend. Anthony is one of the kindest people I know, and he’s struggling with a still-undiagnosed illness that might be CIDP (a condition where your immune system is attacking your nervous system). Things got to a crisis point this autumn when he fell in his home and was trapped there for 3 days because he was too weak to get back up on his feet. He’s gone from being an amazing teacher and incredible mentor to being mostly homebound. 😦 (More info can be found here:https://squirrelsinmyhead.wordpress.com/2015/11/10/daily-chance-to-do-good-help-out-one-of-the-kindest-people-i-know/)

    (Ant has, up until now, always been active and athletic.)

    It would take me a long time to tell you all of the reasons Ant is a remarkable person. His life has gotten really hard and more than a little scary…it would mean so much to see him get some help. If anyone is looking for a Random Act of Kindness to give, I’ve love it if you would consider looking at Ant’s list and helping him out. Thanks so much, y’all.

    http://www.amazon.com/registry/giftlist/15GNSPG737QRV

    (Sent towels. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  210. My wishlist for my kids is short, Stockings are complete, but the two things asked for this year are not, my daughter 8 is asking for a piano keyboard, she’s been dabbling during music class at school, and really wants to learn to play the piano. My 16 yr old son is asking for headphones for his computer/gaming needs so he can chat with his friends while they play.
    Thanks to everyone who is able to help out the many many people who need it this year. You guys rock! And to Jenny – you ROCK for setting this up!!!

    -Mary

    http://amzn.com/w/361I0GK4A7G5Q

    (Headphones on the way to you. ~ Jenny)

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  211. I just made my annual Project Night Night donation. Anything for Mr. Garfield.

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  212. I did this for the first time last year and it was wonderful. Even better than the generous gifts from strangers were the friendships I made. My life was incredibly enriched because of this post last year. Thank you for that, Jenny.

    I had hoped to be in a better place this year, and I am. It will be a few more months before I can stop buying off the discount shelf, but I will probably keep doing that anyway – I love bargains! 🙂

    I really wanted to be on the giving end this year, but I am posting to ask for help. Not for myself, but for my aunt. I also posted on her behalf last year. She and my uncle are raising two of my young cousins. Cheyenne is seven and Travis is eleven. Uncle James and Aunt Jean are very low income and everything they have goes to keep a roof over their head. Christmas is always rough. I help when I can but last year I couldn’t and this year I can’t. But last year YOU did – and I never told her who was responsible for the UPS truck pulling up with a stack of boxes. It was her Christmas miracle and, if possible, I would like for her to have another one this year.

    Thank you for being an angel, Jenny. And thank you for our tribe!

    Here is my aunt Jean’s wish list. I put several things on it for each child – options, not because I expect it all to be bought! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a wonderful future to all!

    http://www.amazon.com/registry/giftlist/IIDOS6SF0RRA

    (Barbie and a cystal mining kit on their way. ~ Jenny)

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    GREATFUL MOMMA

    This year has been a trying year medically for my family. I have a 4 year old with autism that doesnt feel pain so we have had a lot of hidden injuries including a fractured ankle and 2 skull fractures.
    We also have a 18 month old boy who was diagnosed with epilepsy and cerebellar hypoplasia. He also has some vision, balance and hearing problems. Between the therapy, hospital stays and drs visits for the two boys out time and money are slim. We also have another little human we help care for and she has been a huge blessing to our lives.

    My husband works very hard for our family and we get most of the bills taken care of but we have fallen a bit behind and we struggle daily for the simple things like clothes and food. My 4 year old has had a recent growth spurt and has out grown all of his school clothes. We also havent been able to do much of a christmas for the kids.

    There is a variety of stuff on the list and we definitely dont expect to get everything but its more to pick and chose. We appreciate any help.

    The therapy items would be amazing but again we arent in dire need at the moment.

    Thank you again for doing this! Merry Christmas

    Davis Family Christmas 
    Link:http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/2UEKPZHM269XY

    (Can you add a shipping address to this list? Thanks! ~ Jenny)

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  214. Just found you Jenny! You appeared like a life preserver in the midst of my ocean. Left you a message on your Facebook page. Now I am kicking my a$$ into gear to go out and buy your book. I read a sample. You made me laugh! You made me want to cry in gratitude because I know YOU understand so well when everyone around me thinks I’m faking it. Thank you my darling one. You have a fan -books, blog, Facebook – for life.

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  215. This is such a generous act during what is a very difficult time for so many people. My littles are 15, 11 and 1 this year. I’m a full time working, single mommy who tries her best to make ends meet and thankfully my kids understand that bills are more important than the “extras” in life which is great. Still, like most moms, I’d love to see their faces light up Christmas morning opening their presents. Maybe it will make the older ones believe in the magic of Santa for one more year! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing this!
    https://amzn.com/w/WS0YK05ZKSDL

    (We didn’t Test This Game on it’s way to you. ~ Jenny)

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  216. Some books on the way to you, Christina. Merry Christmas!

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  217. Forgot to I’d myself-Freudian slip on my last long comment which probably got lost. Sniff

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  218. Thank you so much to the people who have bought things from the list I made. I can’t wait to go to work and tell their mother about it!🙂🙂
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/ref=cm_reg_rd-upd?ie=UTF8&id=2GXIXSZZTM97B&type=giftlist

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  219. Leslie O’Donnell there will be a package arriving on Wednesday! Merry Christmas! Thank Jenny for organizing this again this year!

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    Grandma Kisses

    Thank you for anyone who considers gifting my daughter and her children, this has been a hard time for all of us and a pretty scary situation to be in.

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    Mommy Tofour

    My husband and I have four young children. Every year is difficult but we always find a way. We gladly go without because in our minds the joy of Christmas is for Children. Nothing makes me happier than watching their faces when Santa somehow magically got them just what they wanted. We have survived years that seemed so much worse than this one. A few years ago we nearly lost our youngest son (age 6) to a growth issue that still hasn’t been completely resolved. He is doing better and I am thankful everyday that he is growing and able to go to school everyday. However, this year he has major behavioral issues. He has violent tendencies, sensory processing issues, and we are working towards a adhd diagnosis. Through it all he has managed to stay pretty positive and make a few friends. He is slowly learning to read and count past 10. My youngest daughter (age 3) has cerebral palsy and epilepsy. I have lost track of the family events we have missed due to seizures and not all (most actually) family members are very understanding. She is the happiest child I know despite everything. She is the main reason that I get up everyday. My older two are what most would consider normal kids. They have the biggest hearts and want nothing more than to make everyone they know happy. My oldest daughter (age 9) is smart (pulling all A’s) and very artistic. She loves dance, gymnastics, and anything to do with drawing and crafts. My oldest son is very smart (sometimes too smart) and extremely funny. They have nothing medically wrong with them unlike their younger siblings however, I can see where having two special needs siblings is taking its toll. They believe a little less that things will be ok. The best present I will get this year is seeing them as happy and healthy as possible. Christmas is usually my bright spot of the year. My husband is a very hard worker and December always brings a bonus check to make up for the long hours and time away from family. Despite the fact that he has been told all year that losing our insurance would be made up in his bonus, pay cut would be made up in his bonus, unpaid hours would be made up in bonus, he was just informed that there will be no bonus this year. We opted to pay bills and buy food donor there isn’t anything left for Christmas. No insurance means I am dealing with my anxiety and depression without medication and as many of you know that is less than ideal. All I want is to be able to assure my children that Santa will not forget them this year. All that’s on my list is for them. I included two toys, a book, and some needed clothes and shoes for each of them. The hardest thing to do is ask for help and this is a huge blow to my pride. It makes me feel like a bit of a failure as I am supposed to be able to provide for them. I will put there ages and likes below so you can get an idea who you are buying for.

    Girl age 9: Loves her 18 in doll she would like a wheelchair for her doll since her sister uses a wheelchair to get around part of the time.
    Boy age 8: Wants a drum set or a remote helicopter. Thinks the minions is the best movie ever.
    Boy age 6: loves anything with a remote, Superman, and lego’s
    Girl age 3: loves anything Minnie Mouse
    Hi. Check out this list: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/2BO35QXZV49ZW/ref=cm_sw_r_ip_wl_o_2qUBwbQNP9SVS

    This is an amazing thing you are doing Jenny. I hope next year I can come back and buy for someone else.

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  222. Terrilyn, some books and an awesome little octopus are on their way. Merry Christmas!

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  223. Jenny,
    Thank you. Thank you for doing this. I am a single mom to my son, Grayson. He is an amazing, busy, funny little boy. Last year, we left an abusive relationship, which was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. We also moved to another city, about 3 hours away, as I received a promotion with my job. This last year, we had dealt with a lot of custody issues and have been in and out of court. Thankfully, my attorney is letting me pay a little bit each month, as there is no way I can afford his fees, as I have a hard enough time paying my regular monthly bills.

    Earlier this year, my son was returned to me, from a visit with his “dad”, with a big, red hand print on his bottom. I spoke with my attorney about this and he felt it was best to speak with his “dad” about proper discipline so that it would not seem like I was going after him. This summer, Grayson came home with a HUGE, hand shaped bruise on his bottom. This time, I took him to the ER to make sure that nothing else was wrong. The doctors at the ER were required to get DSS involved. The courts were involved in this as well. Grayson’s “dad” and his new wife lied on the stand, saying that there was no bruise when they put him in the car. They also denied the bruise from earlier in the year too, even though his “dad” showed it to me in the parking lot at the exchange. The judge did decide that there had been abuse but, since DSS was involved, he ordered that the visits continue.

    I work 45+ hours a week and am on track to greatly improve my situation in the next year or so. I have already passed one of my exams and received a national certification in my field. We have come so far since leaving our abusive situation, and it kills me that Grayson still has to go through it. We do have a wish list that we put together to give Grayson a great Christmas. There are a few things there for Mommmy and for my furbabies, but Grayson is my priority.

    Thank you for thinking about us and thank you Jenny for your love and thoughtfulness (oh, and also for your sense of humor. I am convinced that we would be excellent buddies!)

    G. in NC
    gingerrocks77@yahoo.com
    https://amzn.com/w/2ZKCO3MO7XKJZ

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  224. I am asking here for my daughter Ariel’s Christmas. She is 7 has Asperger, ADHD, and a whole alphabet soup of other issues. I am here asking for books and art supplies for her. She is illiterate still so I read to her all the time. And art supplies because that is her outlet, drawing is her soother. It would mean so much to get some help with these items for her. Thank you in advance and Happy Holidays. https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/ref=topnav_storetab_wl

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  225. @Voss Guillotine & some warm sheets on their way. Merry Christmas.

    @Jenny: Thank you for organizing.
    @elbowglitter: that is a great quote from your grandfather. Will have to borrow that.

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  226. Thanks for the reminder to donate to Project Night Night. A donation was the first thing on my daughter’s Christmas wish list, so I just donated in honor of my 2 kids. Happy holidays!

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  227. I’m so glad you’re doing this. I’ve never been in the needing predicament before, but this year is different . I lost my job in October and we don’t even have a tree up. I’m lost. How do you explain to your daughters that they’ll have to be content with knowing we are safe and loved this year, as opposed to being scared to go to sleep like we were when we lived with their dad? Leaving was terrifying, but I never imagined not having a job, at least. Ever.

    My daughters are 18, 17 and 15. I’m not including much, just things they need (ok the watches are fancy but just clothes seems sad). If anyone would feel led to help I’d really be grateful. Next year I’ll contribute back. http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1A9YJ3EHBBFUU/ref=cm_wl_huc_view

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  228. Leslie O’Donnell there will be a package coming on Wednesday! Merry Christmas!
    Jenny thanks for getting the tribe mobilized to do good!

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  229. Mo Wood, (#28), I have a Fitbit Flex that I got last Christmas that I will happily give to your daughter. It’s not one of the cool fancy ones, but i have fun interchangeable wrist bands to give too. Not as nice as a new one, but it works fine. (I just got tired of the thing judging me when I didn’t get to 10k steps!😀 ) If you’re interested, let me know. magandmoo@yahoo.com

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  230. pinksesh–Pete the Cat is one of my daughter’s favorite characters, so Jack will be getting the Pete the Cat book from one fan to another. xoxo

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  231. Sorry for the double post. (My original post was comment #151) The last link I posted was for a shopping list, so I changed it up and made it a wishlist instead. Here is my Mom’s story so no one has to go back through and find my original post.

    Last year my kids were blessed to receive gifts from some lovely folks. This year we’re struggling again, but rather than sharing my kids’ list, I’d like to ask for help for my Mom.

    She is experiencing early dementia due to deteriorated brain matter caused by pressure from a brain tumor. She has been in the hospital for 5 weeks waiting for placement in an adult foster home. I have finally found her the perfect one and she will be moving today or tomorrow, depending on the swiftness of her case manager. She is only 54, so the transition from living independently to living in an adult foster home has been hard on her.

    This list only has a few items on it, as she doesn’t have room for a whole lot. My wish for her is to have a few things to open on Christmas day that might bring her comfort and help her feel settled in her new home.

    Thank you Jenny and all you other wonderful folks who make this such a spirit-renewing event every year. My kids were thrilled with their gifts last year and I have met some AMAZEBALLS people because of last year’s miracle. You are all incredible and I wish each of you a happy holiday b/c I know adulting is really hard this time of year!

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  232. I should’ve kept reading! @Missicat, I truly hope you’ve read some of the supportive comments sent your way, and that you read mine. We’ve all made mistakes, I’ve made some pretty epic ones myself! It gets better, then we have more darkness, and then it gets better again. It’s like a partly cloudy day when the wind pushes the clouds in front of the sun, but it also pushes them away from the sun. Enjoy the sun, it’s all the brighter because of the clouds.

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  233. And then I didn’t post the wishlist. I promise I haven’t been drinking. But maybe that’s my problem! Sheesh! http://amzn.com/w/382NN2VCU51BE

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  234. I’m hoping to be able to give some presents to my niece. My brother and sister in law don’t have a whole lot of money. I love this tribe more than words.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/ref=cm_reg_rd-upd?ie=UTF8&id=10U56JRBXD207&type=wishlist

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  235. I’m not sure if it’s too late but the only things my little has asked for is books. I have been able to do a few but not nearly enough to satisfy his brain. He’s 4 and values our time after work and reading stories before bed. He’s pretty special. I wish I could do more for him than I currently can. https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/2YRKLW83QY5RT/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ip_wl_o_XlVBwbH3TM8Z3

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  236. i was going to link you to my kids list but in reality i know a girl – an army widow – with two boys under 6. she found out shortly after her husband died that she has stage four cancer. She needs this more than me, she needs the tribe BAD guys. so im asking for her, she has no idea. If anyone is out there and wants to give this lady more ammo for her fight then please send her love and support https://www.facebook.com/MudgeStrong/ I dont have an amazon list for her kids but i have her gofundme: https://www.gofundme.com/tp88x2j I know Christmas is for children but just so Jenny and EVERYONE here knows I posted a go fund me page last year on this site for retweets and hashtags and it got so much love my friend was brought to tears. Thanks to you guys he survived another year and is still very much alive, so basically you guys gifted me TIME with my loved one. you’re better than santa your god damn TIME LORDS YALL!! i love you guys so much! #mudgestrong #jamesgarfieldforsainthood

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  237. This is a HUGE thing you’re doing here, Jenny. I hope you take lots of time out for you today.

    I gave up on Christmas and told my kids that we just can’t do it this year. It’s just me and my 14 year old daughter and my 1 year old grandson living at home now, and I’d love to get them something for under the tree but my food stamps got cut this month and I can’t afford presents AND food.

    Where we live it rains almost every single day, and my daughter desperately needs a waterproof jacket. There are other things on my list but if somebody could just buy her the jacket it would make her every day a little bit better.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2UJ6OXME129A/ref=cm_wl_huc_view

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  238. @Mo Wood – I’ve sent you a book for your daughter – I hope that 2016 is a lighter year for you x

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  239. Dear Jenny – Thank you for all of the joy you continue to bring through this blog, your books, and the kindness you share! Things are a little tight, so at the moment I can’t donate, but if the opportunity arises before Christmas I sure will.
    This shout out goes to Mary (comment #16) – if you are anywhere near Nebraska you are sure welcome to hang out with us this Christmas! One of my best Christmases I spent alone, 1500 miles away from all family and friends – but I had my dogs and my horse, and it was actually a blessing. Hoping you will find the peace of the season no matter how you spend your day! And this is where I would insert happy holiday icons if I had any clue how to do it!

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    Shawn, Mom to 3

    With a heavy heart, I created wish lists for my three children. While the tree is up an decorated, I haven’t been able to place a single gift under the tree this year. In November, everything looked good. We even had children pick a name off a giving tree at the YMCA and purchased gifts anonymously for them. Now, a string of misfortune, auto accident and bills, leaves us with little to buy for our own children. Timing couldn’t be worse. If anyone could help, I would be forever grateful and would continue to pay it forward to others when we are able.

    Aidan, age 7 – https://www.amazon.com/registry/giftlist/3FQGHWV61B4VO/ref=cm_sw_em_r?
    Megan, age 8 – https://www.amazon.com/registry/giftlist/11870APM5BLX5/ref=cm_sw_em_r?
    Owen, age 11 – https://www.amazon.com/registry/giftlist/28UKZOVSWXUKP/ref=cm_sw_em_r?

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    Amanda Fletcher

    Thank you so much for doing this! 2015 has been the Year of Broken Things, and my husband has been out of work since August. It’s been an impossible year and I’m hoping this will give my kids something to look forward to. (Ok, and me, I left a cookbook on the list. :”>) I have 2 girls, 17 and 12, and 2 boys, 14 and 7. The youngest is autistic and has asked for a video camera and dinosaurs, so that’s what I found for him. The girls homeschool, but the boys go to school and both need coats. My younger daughter is a manga artist, the older wants to crochet. Thanks again, everyone, and especially Jenny. I hope I did this right… http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/ref=cm_wl_upd_succ_mng

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    Stevens Clan

    I was fortunate enough to help last year and the previous, and hopefully next year too. This year things are tighter than usually. My husband is a disabled veteran and through a glitch in the system of sorts he has lost his income for 6 months!! Ugg! Our kids will not be going without but it will be a very small basic Christmas. They are 6, 10 and 11. They are great kids who deserve the moon but are happy with the dirt pile in the back yard!!

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/ref=cm_reg_rd-upd?ie=UTF8&id=139YS34RL4WFY&type=wishlist

    In lou of making donations to charity this year we have all been volunteering at a local horse barn that serves individuals with cognitive, physical, and emotional issues.

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  243. I am a single Mom – 3 sons – one who is a 26 year old with autism; one in college and one trying to find his way (while helping me with his brother). Two of the three could use coats and gloves; and pajamas, art supplies and a couple “toys” for the disabled man/child. Pulled ourselves out of a deep housing hole this year, and could seriously use some help with Christmas. Thank you, in advance. https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/ref=cm_reg_rd-upd?ie=UTF8&id=PHW0SLXN2MH7&type=wishlist

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  244. Also? Jenny, you are made of awesome and win and all the cookies. I was just realizing how much you’re giving to people in these comments. Wow, Jenny. All the virtual hugs are yours for this internet moment.🙂

    This year, I can’t give to Project Night Night (which is a shame because I friggin’ love this charity and give when I can), but I’m gonna be knitting up some hats and such as donations. (If anyone here needs such things? Email me. elionwyr @yahoo.com.)

    Also…Missicat/commenter #43? Hold on. I’ve been there. I’ve had the exit plan and the absolute sureness that it was the right thing to do. I was tired of trying, in a way that you can’t understand unless you’ve hit that wall. But it really does get better. You can’t see it right now – otherwise, you wouldn’t be where you are emotionally and mentally! – but I promise depression is a lying bastard and things really will get better. My email address is right up there. If you need someone to listen, my inbox is always open. ❤

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  245. I’ve donated to Project Night Night because it is a cause that is so close to my heart after watching my own children and thinking of what it would mean if they had no home and nothing to hug at night. I’m also donating to two families. I am in a very good place both financially and emotionally this year and I want to share. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season.

    I also just want to thank you, Jenny, so much for everything you do. It means so much to so many. This year, I introduced one of my students to your site and books at a time that she was really struggling emotionally and it made such a difference to her. My ability to talk to her about the struggles I had back when I was in college (and the struggles I still have) is a direct result of reading your site and your books. I wasn’t ashamed to talk about it. Opening up to her made me realize how important it is for us all to share and how much we can help each other. She told me how just knowing that I went through what she is going through and am successful made the difference. It changed my life hearing that. I did, in fact, make it through a craptastic time and have so much. And, now, I’m crying. Anyway, thank you. For everything.

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  246. Amanda Fletcher (# 238) Something went wrong with your wishlist, it sends me to my own wishlist.

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  247. @amanda H – I’ve bought a book for your niece🙂 Merry Christmas!

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  248. Hi GamerGirl79 (#164) – even the fact that you posted your comment to me has brought tears to my eyes. Thank you.

    Here’s my link. https://amzn.com/w/2ZD9RSL3JN585

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  249. Sheryl Sisk (104) – A little bit of light for the end of the year is on its way (fairy lights)! I want to send the Jeffster shirt, too (also a big Chuck fan), but it can’t be shipped to a gift registry address😦 Is there any other way to get it to you? My mom lives in your town! email at tarynDOThansonATcoloradoDOTedu if you read this🙂 Taryn

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  250. @Trish Sams–

    Hey, I sent the robe and coloring book. I hope it helps. My mom’s in a bad way right now too, and my heart goes out to you and her.

    Stay strong!

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  251. @SCA #157
    My boy loves Magic cards too. There’s a big pile of them on the way for your boys’ Christmas. I hope it makes them (and you!) smile. 🙂

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  252. Molly, (#236) it’s not showing a wish list address to send to. I’ll check back to see if it’s been updated in a little bit.

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  253. Hello Jenny and Hello to the Tribe ! I wish I didnt have to ask for help but due to a really crappy year of a multitude of health problems (OA, Firomyalgia depression, and 3 surgeries) and getting my first denial from disability, I am finding I need help, so I come to ask you all. This is the first year I have ever spent with my grandbabies and I am unable to give them anything. I have a walmart list but if I need to I can make a amazon one. Walmart is just so much cheaper.
    https://www.walmart.com/lists/view-wish-list-items?id=da60132f-784c-46df-b953-4c5d0c0c5508&adid=1500000000000039380010&veh=eml Thank you!

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    Lorelei Snow

    this is such a lovely thing. i❤ you, Bloggess.
    for once, i find myself not in need, and i have no children.
    so what i ask for is a donation to the above charities, since i cannot afford it myself. just while someone is donating, add an extra for me! love and light to all and may everyone have what they need for the holidays (and beyond!)

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  255. I really wanted to let you know what you have done but after creating a long post it disappeared before I could own it.
    I am struggling so hard now just to keep my nose above these waters of depression. Can I find the strength to write it again. Probably not.
    However you deserve to know the short version.
    I just read a sample of Furiously Happy and it lifted and buoyed me like a life preserver.
    This time of year sinks me with its short days and it enclaves my smoldering depression. Your writing made me laugh ( no small feat) and also had me tearing up in gratitude for meeting someone who not only gets what it is all about but has the art of being able to write about it. I am your newest adoring fan – blog, Facebook and your writing. Thank you, bless you for showing me how to laugh at the “dragon” within.

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  256. @Laura (original comment 69–did you plan that? massive props) I speak French, too, so I had to pick up a book for your daughter who is learning! And of course a few other things for the kiddos. (I LOL’d at your comment re: the headphones and not having to listen to their crappy music!) All stuff should be delivered Wednesday/Thursday so keep an eye out and don’t let the kids get the mail first. James Garfield wishes you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

    I saw a video on Facebook of your youngest son giving away his piggy bank money to the mosque that was vandalized. Such a loving heart! Good job, momma!

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  257. I have only recently find your blog and can’t wait to read your books.
    Today i found this post, and it really moved me.

    I don’t like the holidays at the best of times, but since my partner of 12 years died on august 5 this year I really wish I could skip them all together.
    Grieving on top of depression/anxiety is no fun, I can tell you.
    And my person to laugh-about-all-this-shit with is gone now, it’s horrible.

    Anyway, i wish I could afford to donate or send gifts, but unfortunately i can’t, can barely afford to buy food for myself.
    But just coming to this page and reading all this lifted my heart and spirit just a little bit and I want to thank you for that.

    I wish all of you the best holidays possible and to find connection in whatever way possible may just be the best gift.

    xx Tamar

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  258. Jenny, you’re an inspiration❤

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  259. I’m hoping my post doesn’t get lost in this incredible outpouring of support..

    Last year I was blessed to be able to participate in the giving of gifts to random strangers through this very blog. This year I find myself needing to ask for help.

    I just recently lost my job – completely unexpected and at the worst possible time. Fortunately my husband’s wages will pay for the bills but not much else. I had been making out a Christmas list months ago for my kids and then when this happened, I abandoned it. I could really use help this year, anything would be greatly appreciated. If not gifts, we could REALLY use help with some food and household items.

    Gifts List: http://amzn.com/w/3HF45UT2LUPBX
    Food List: http://amzn.com/w/2WDUFVX5FY49U

    (A book, oatmeal, pokemon decorations on the way. ~ Jenny)

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  260. Are we able to post things other than Amazon? My mom has a friend who is in the process of adopting her grandkids. These kids have had a rough time the past few years. And my mom’s friend, Melanie, is an absolute angel. The kind of person who would give you the shirt off her back if you didn’t have one. She currently has guardianship of the 4 grandkids but is working toward adoption. Her daughter and friend set up a GoFundMe account here: https://www.gofundme.com/adoptionformelanie

    Melanie and the children don’t have a lot, but she does her freaking best to make things the best she can for them. She is ALWAYS smiling, no matter what. She just had double knee surgery this summer and never ONCE complained. She’s seriously the most amazing woman ever,

    Jenny- If not allowed, please delete. I was thinking that if the GoFundMe thing didn’t work for people, I could maybe secretly ask her daughter about what they want/need and set up an Amazon wish list for the kids?

    This whole thing you’re doing… The generosity of random strangers… The people willing to say “I need help!” and the people who say “I’M SO EXCITED TO HELP!”… Wow, you guys. Wow. Brings me to tears.

    THIS. This is what’s Christmas is all about.

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  261. I’ve tried to shop for several people on this list but no one seems to have a shipping address! Kris, I’d love to get some art supplies for your sweet boy, please add an address!

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  262. I love this community and am so grateful for it! I come here frequently for up lifting words and thoughts.

    My husband was laid off early this year and it had been hard, really hard. The hardest part is asking for help, even though it’s the best thing for my family. It seems as though once one thing happens, getting out of the bad spiral is so difficult.
    I have one sweet, tender hearted little boy. He is almost 4. He loves it when I read to him and he loves trucks. We read your books, Jenny, but only the funny parts (he is a little young for the darker parts!). When we find Rory’s name on a page, he makes a raccoon face and hold his hands out for a good tickle! Thank you for the best gift of little boy giggles!!

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/ls

    (Link isn’t working so either there’s a problem or all of your wishes have been granted. ~ Jenny)

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  263. Hi Jenny,
    Thank you so much for doing this! I’m not sure how to add a link but three of my kids I did list. My fifteen year old told me not to worry about her (she has such a big heart)! Brooklyn, 9; Braeden, 4; Deklan, (almost) 2. All of my children are wonderful souls and deserve a Christmas. I am going to school full time and working part time. My husband is trying to work full time (for little pay), but has some mental illness issues that sometimes prevent him from working; and therefore gets fired. Four times this year, so needless to say we’re behind in bills and don’t have much money for Christmas. He is seeking professional help and is a wonderful father, but these things take time, unfortunately. Thank you to anyone willing to help! Next year I plan on returning the favor, Thanks again!! Jackie Ayres

    (Just copy the link of the wish list and post it in your comment.🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  264. For Morgan H. what made my parents smile when they were in care were looking through family photo albums full of pictures of better times with family and friends. Even if you aren’t there with them, their care-givers can help flip the pages. And I can’t tell you how much they enjoyed showing off their family to others. I hope this helps you even a little bit! Big hugs to you and your loved ones!!!

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  265. In case I didn’t mention it, this post and everyone involved are incredible.

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    Amanda Fletcher

    Ooh crud. I was afraid something had gone wrong. Does this link work? http://amzn.com/w/23A1VIFCKDLX4

    (A warm coat and a coloring book on it’s way. ~ Jenny)

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  267. This is the sweetest thing.🙂 I don’t know if anyone will want to give us a hand, and it’s really okay if not. My son is 16 and he’s pretty selfless. He’s honestly all right with not getting anything, but that always just makes me want to do more for him. This year has been tough, from my girlfriend’s dad having cancer to a sudden and awful loss in my own family just a couple of weeks ago. We are still floating, but not enough for much of a Christmas. I’m blind, and not able to find work in this little, rural Minnesota town we currently have to live in, so until things change again or I can find something online again floating is the best we can do.

    I put a few things on a list for my son, but really, if someone got just one of them I would be so incredibly grateful. He’s a great kid and I’m glad we have each other. Please prioritize the little kids here though, I feel like it’s what my boy would want if he knew I was doing this at all.
    https://smile.amazon.com/gp/aw/ls/?ie=UTF8&lid=3NHOLK8TBES5X

    (Sent a book. Terry Pratchett. Excellent choice! ~ Jenny)

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    Christine Barr

    Anonymous #178, a Frozen doll gift set is coming for Aurelia, given in memory of my darling niece. Hope she enjoys it!

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  269. What a kind thing to do. We are usually the ones helping, but this year is a little different, because we adopted our granddaughter, and adoption is expensive. Thanks to a loan modification and a raise for the hubby, we’re able to keep the house and keep the lights and water on. Being able to give Stella a nice Christmas would just make this whole year even better. Her wish list is here.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/ref=cm_reg_rd-upd?ie=UTF8&id=2ZL9B7BUVDRC1&type=giftlist

    (Cooking set on it’s way. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  270. Are we able to post things other than Amazon? My mom has a friend who is in the process of adopting her grandkids. These kids have had a rough time the past few years. And my mom’s friend, Melanie, is an absolute angel. The kind of person who would give you the shirt off her back if you didn’t have one. She currently has guardianship of the 4 grandkids but is working toward adoption. Her daughter and friend set up a GoFundMe account here: https://www.gofundme.com/adoptionformelanie

    Melanie and the children don’t have a lot, but she does her freaking best to make things the best she can for them. She is ALWAYS smiling, no matter what. She just had double knee surgery this summer and never ONCE complained. She’s seriously the most amazing woman ever,

    Jenny- If not allowed, please delete. I was thinking that if the GoFundMe thing didn’t work for people, I could maybe secretly ask her daughter about what they want/need and set up an Amazon wish list for the kids?

    This whole thing you’re doing… The generosity of random strangers… The people willing to say “I need help!” and the people who say “I’M SO EXCITED TO HELP!”… Wow, you guys. Wow. Brings me to tears.

    THIS. This is what’s Christmas is all about.

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  271. Jenny, thank you for everything that you do. I grew up outside of Amarillo, TX, and so your first book had me laughing so hard with recognition that I almost hurt myself. I cannot thank you enough for being so open about your struggles. I have always been a positive and chipper person, and have never struggled with any depression or other problems. The best I could be for those with mental health problems was sympathetic. But I have had a very hard pregnancy with our much wanted second child, and I was diagnosed with pre-natal depression last week. I’m just hoping that it doesn’t get worse after baby is born. But because of your blog and your books as soon as my husband said he thought I was getting depressed I actually felt lighter. Once I had a name for it, and it wasn’t just me being a crappy mother, I could understand it. And so I was able to seek help right away, and I know what to do if things get worse when baby in born in March. Your insights showed me that having depression was not the end of the world, and it is something that can be handled. Thank you.

    I am reminded every day how fortunate my family is. I have never given with your community before, but this year it seemed like the right thing to do. I hope that my gift to help a teenage girl will help both her and me see some beauty in depression.

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  272. Amanda, yes that link works!

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    Grandma Kisses

    I Forgot to include the kids ages, her son is 2 and her daughter is 5.

    I would like to nominate my daughter for this she has two wonderful children and really needs some help, she recently went through a very rough situation of leaving her fiancé who was becoming more and more abusive. Over the last year he has developed a drinking and drug problem, none of us including his mother have been able to get him to seek help, he used to be so sweet and kind but started becoming meaner and meaner as the months went on. Slowly he started smacking my daughter she stayed because she thought she could still help him kick the habit.

    Last month she got off work early and found him sleeping around on her, they got into a fight over it and he started beating her then tried to strangle her saying it was his right as a man to do as he pleased. She knew she had to leave so she grabbed what little she could and left, I myself do not have a lot of money I care for my teenage son and my elderly grandmother who is ill, thankfully myself, two family members and what my daughter had in her savings got her a small apartment the only problem now is the kids aren’t going to have Christmas because none of us can afford it, her and the kids need clothing and food, and her car is falling apart on her. Her world started falling down around her and I hate seeing my daughter and grandbabies like that. She needs new shoes, hers are leaving sores on her feet and she needs shirts for work, the kids can use clothing in general. They had to start over from nothing.

    Any help would be appreciate, I put together a walmart and amazon wishlist for them with things they need and can use. Both kids have Birthdays coming up so I put parties supplies on the lists as well. Any walmart or amazon gift cards donated will go toward clothing/food for the three of them. I would Love to surprise them with decorating their house and helping with some of the things they need.

    If anyone wants proof of her situation I have a number of photos from her attack that we took for court (custody/restraining order). You can email me at Grandmakisses3 AT yahoo DOT com if you want proof before helping.

    amzn.com/w/1XTDC7OG1BIU2

    walmart.com/lists/view-wish-list-items?id=8f3ad91b-b7c2-4bc1-8c18-09803ccffb14

    I made a wishlist for my son as well, all of my extra funds went towards putting a roof over my daughter and grandkids heads:

    amzn.com/w/N5T36J7WUNVD

    Thank you

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  274. I truly can barely read these comments at work because they keep making me cry. Thank you, Jenny, for building a safe harbor here for so many who need it. Thank you, wonderful brigade, for being so wonderful. I’m going to go through the wish lists later today — from somewhere where it won’t matter if I’m bawling!! — and send some Christmas cheer. I don’t have much but I don’t need much. I appreciate all of you so much.

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  275. I soooo wish I was holding a winning lottery ticket so that I could purchase every Christmas list that’s out here!

    Kris (comment #86, who requested board games) – can you add your address to your wish list? I would love to send you some of the games you have listed, but I don’t have the option to send them to you!

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  276. I am so so happy to be able to participate again this year. Christina, Jill, Judy, Bonny and Beth – You all have a little something on the way for the special little snowflakes in your life. As the mama of an amazing little nugget myself, I selected your lists to honor all the hard work you do as mothers (and god mothers) of kids with Autism. So from Marci, Owen, Jackson and Willa in Colorado, enjoy your gifts and hug your kiddos for us!

    GREATFUL MOMMA (The Davis Family) I tried to send you something but I don’t think you have an address on your wishlist.

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    Melinda Lindell

    Last year you wonderful/crazy ppl helped my family. My 3 kids got many wonderful things for Christmas last year and it was all because of you! Thank you thank you thank you! This year I shopped only second hand through out the last 6 month so Christmas wasn’t such a hardship and my 3 kids would get some things they need and some that the wanted. I wanted to make sure I could give back this year, it’s not much, but I’m glad I can. Mo Wood (comment 28) an Amazon gift card is coming your way. Merry Christmas!

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  278. Sorry – meant comment 186!

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    River Valley Cats

    Now posting as my alter-ego to tell you about my own Christmas miracle last year. When I met this wonderful tribe, I had a huge cat overpopulation in my house, and although an out-of-state rescue had agreed to help, it was going to be a long slow process. I was sinking, very badly. When I found the courage to explain my problem, I was surrounded by an incredible amount love and support. And cat food! OMG, the cat food!

    The wonderful people I met on this blog have spent the past year making sure my cats were taken care of. They sent food, they helped with vet bills, they donated to the rescue who is rehoming them. And so many other things. And then on Thanksgiving weekend, a wonderful friend I had never met drove over 2300 miles to get me and the last group of cats to the rescue.

    These are the kind of people you attract, Jenny. People with hearts the size of a universe who give whatever they have to help someone in need. They saved my cats. You saved my cats. Thank you. Thank you all!

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    Stacie Fortenberry

    I picked two random amazon lists and bought a little something for each kid… I wish I could do more, but am happy that at least this year I was able to do something!

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  281. Hi! My name is Amanda and I have 3 kids. Abraham, 17, Aaron, 13, and stepdaughter Mia, 10. We were very blessed to receive some help last year and I was really hoping we’d be in a much better position this year, and able to be on the giving end, but alas, we’re just not quite there yet. :-(( I’ve made a list for them if anyone is willing or able to help. :-(( I’ve made a list for them if anyone is willing or able to help. http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/155TJKW7GLXFS Thank you so much, it’s appreciated more than you’ll ever know. ❤️❤️

    Thank you, Jenny, for coordinating this Christmas miracle yet again. We’re all so grateful. ❤️❤️

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    Heather Fairfield

    Jennifer Mercurio, one of my daughter’s best friends has sensory processing disorder, so we know all about that. 🙂

    You have one toy for each of the kids coming your way (Jake and the Neverland Pirates towel/hood, a Balanstix game and the Milles Bornes card game) and it should all get to you by Dec. 17th.

    I wish I could have done more, but money is tight here too. 🙂

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  283. Messicat, we need you here, in this world. Please keep remembering that.

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  284. This is a wonder and amazing place. I can already see so much being given out. This has me so awe struck. And beyond words.
    Hi my name is amanda. I actually have several lists. My husband works. But I am a stay at home mom. Had some health issues. If at all possible I would love to receive some help MERRY CHRISTMAS.. I am asking for help with gifts and necessities. For my mom dad son daughter and myself.

    Household :: http://amzn.com/w/2BPZ68NDAM7Q8
    My son :: http://amzn.com/w/CSE3194EJ2CG
    My daughter. http://amzn.com/w/18A9JDSC7O0XA
    My hubby. http://amzn.com/w/X5UIU8OWFIOI
    Make up daughter and me. http://amzn.com/w/17LRLG5FQCE6
    My brother. http://amzn.com/w/36US7UBD4DYUI
    My dad. http://amzn.com/w/2186M650ICTQG
    My mom. http://amzn.com/w/31S7WOBJJ1XCS
    Myself. http://amzn.com/w/1R79SMSF8K7TV

    A little more about my family. I am the mother of two wonderful children. Had to have surgery on my wrist. Was not fun. http://imgur.com/SLXl8NR
    I had an abnormal ekg sound many heart doc trips later stress tests. Ecogram. Found I have a thicken heart muscle that just has to work a lil harder is all. Thank god. Now I have to see a stomach specialist. To see why I have chest pains and a hell of lot of heartburn.. I suffer from depression a lot. But life is good as it can be.

    My mom had a stroke back in May. Scared the hell out of me. I thought I had lost her.. but many doc trips and therapy later. She can use her right arm again.

    My 7 year old son is amazing. He is a gift from God. Loves animals games. Being out doors. Just being a boy lol

    My 17 year old daughter(where the hell did time go?) Is looking into college. Straight A’s.. Being a good ball. My dad and brother have been my rock while we took care of mom. Sorry to bore u lol. Just wanted to tell u some about my family.

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  285. Okay, I dont think my last post went threw cause I forgot some details I think. I am asking for gifts for my daughter Ariel. She is 7 with Asperger’s, ADHD, and a whole alphabet soup of other disorders. She is still unable to read so I read to her constantly. I am asking for some books for her as well as craft supplies as art is her outlet for her anxiety. Thank you in advance for reading and Happy Holidays.

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    Jeremy Impson

    #28Mo Wood, skechers are on the way, should reach you by Dec 22!

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  287. @Laura (69) look for the tripod & iPad mount later on this week. I look forward to seeing the results on YouTube soon.🙂

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  288. Molly (#237) – The coat is on its way for your daughter. I live where the weather is crappy, too, so I’m hoping this provides a warm and dry hug for all of you.

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  289. Oops I forgot my link for amazon. https://amzn.com/w/2XHPKOFEQEP0J

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  290. Kristian Bland, I loved your video! Thanks for sharing that!
    Molly, I had a third party item on your list and that’s why it wasn’t showing an address. Once I took that off, it worked. Jacket and a little something for the littlest one on the way.

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  291. Thank you for this Jenny! My son AJ is a special little boy going through a very difficult time, as are we as a family. I would be so grateful to anyone who might be able to assist us in helping him have a Christmas. He needs sneakers (he is 12 and wears a men’s size 8), and is extremely fascinated with engineering. He is working at school to learn how to build computers. We are trying, as a family, to buy him a few components at a time so that he can build himself a computer, which is something he currently does not have. His father knows how to build computers, too. I’ve been very worried about him staying after school and having to walk home from his Homework Club, Leo’s Club (a joint effort with the Lion’s Club of America) so his having an inexpensive cell-phone (that we can use on Boost Mobile) would be so incredibly reassuring to me. I hesitate to mention this, but AJ identifies as gay, and has had great difficulties in school with bullying, and you hear so many scary things. I’d just really like him to be able to call me, or me him, if there is a need. Thank you so much, even just for reading this, and please know that we would be forever grateful. AJ’s list is at https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/ref=cm_reg_rd-upd?ie=UTF8&id=1SMPDZ8M2419M&type=giftlist

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    Jeremy Impson

    #248 Mary, cat treats &human treats are on the way!

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  293. Brilliant! I’ve been talking with my kids about what they want to do for their “heart gift ” this year– since they were small, they have given a donation to one cause or another as part of our holiday tradition. They always get to pick. I now have 2 new suggestions, and I know where mine is going too. It’s a miracle, James Garfield!

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  294. This is wonderful! This year we’re living with in-laws while trying to get back on our feet and saving up to moving out so Christmas is very mild for our daughter this year. Thank you.

    https://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/ref=cm_reg_rd-upd?ie=UTF8&id=2VVRZ6VA1FP1R&type=wishlist

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  295. Morgan H. (174) My grandfather passed of Alzheimer’s 2 years ago. One of the things that lit him up was pictures. He had piles of photos labelled with who we were and would flip through them and practice like flash cards. So a photobook as suggested above might be a great idea.
    Once he got really far along I’d make him a photo calendar every year (Shutterstock and SnapFish are great) Each month would be a big picture and on birthdays I’d have a picture of the person. His care givers helped him look at it and helped him cross off the days.

    Another idea might be one of those record-able story books so she could hear your familiar voice even when you can’t be physically there.

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    Jeremy Impson

    #243 katia64, a Bob Ross master paint set is on it way, by Dec 23 (turns out I’ve always wanted to say that and never even knew it.)

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  297. I’ve had a very rough year – my husband decided he wanted a divorce, my mother’s disability still hasn’t yet been approved, and I just went from being a SAHM for the last 8yrs to working again, but right now it’s the slow season, so income isn’t what it could be. My husband and I are recently started working towards reconciling, but his hours were reduced from 45hrs a week to less than 5 due to an illness that has randomly left him hospitalized and because he’s not yet able to get medical assistance he’s not able to yet have the surgery needed. So, two adults unable to really work and three children, age 2, 8, & 13 to care for on a meager income right now… Any little bit of assistance is greatly appreciated. https://amzn.com/w/5HK21QZOSCQ9

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  298. It would be wonderful if anyone wanted to give a gift to my children. I haven’t done any shopping yet as I hope there is some available funds from the last paycheck before Christmas. If there is though, I need to use it to purchase some warmer clothing, and I know it’s nice to get clothes under the tree, they truly wish for toys and fun.

    Boy – age 10 loves building and logic games
    Girl – age 8 loves monsters, ponies, art and perhaps Narwhalicorns?
    Girl – age 6 loves Shopkins and Littlest Pet Shop
    Boy- almost 2 loves Mickey Mouse and stacking things to tumble
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/ref=cm_reg_rd-upd?ie=UTF8&id=38KT4HCGSLA6H&type=wishlist

    Jenny, I tried posting a couple of hours ago but don’t know if it went through because my computer’s acting peculiar. If I’ve just been impatient, please forgive and ignore. So love your books and blog and presence, introduced my niece to them and it has helped me to bond with her through her diagnoses. I hope she always feels I am someone that can be depended on to talk to and lean on.

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  299. Jsucevic #134 – I sent your son the trombone case. Tell him to keep his chin up. I am sorry he’s getting bullied at school, but he has some friends in Colorado! Happy Holidays!

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  300. Ha, I remembered my PayPal account password. Whoda’thunkit.

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    Grandma Kisses

    Thank you to the people sending their well wishes for my daughter and my grandbabies, you are going to make me cry even just some words of kindness go a long way. It was a hard experience on her and the kids and she hasn’t really had anyone aside from me to talk with it about and get her worries and such out.

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  302. I am Jackie, I’m a long time reader of your blog and was able to help out last year. Things have turned on for us this year and we are in need of help. My world as I knew it ended back in Feb. My husband confessed that he had been cheating on me for years and then walked out the door. He cleaned out our bank accounts and pretty much left us with nothing. I went from married for 20 years with a stable life and happy kids, to a newly single, in the process of divorcing mother of 3 not so happy these days kids. I am doing my best for them but we have had to virtually start all over. We had to move from the house they grew up in to a small apartment where they have to share bedrooms. They had to change schools and have had their lives completely uprooted. I was a stay at home mom when we were married and now I am working one job during the week and a side job weekends so they are adjusting to that too. I have really struggled this year to even pay the bills and put food on the table and could use some help give them a Christmas. I have never had to ask for help before and am a little embarrassed but I know that you guys are my TRIBE and so I have a lot less shame.

    My oldest has been such a huge help to me, she watches the younger 2 while I work and helps out around the house all the time. When she has free time, she usually spends it watching TV or online.
    She is 17 and her wishlist is here: http://amzn.com/w/2AXYECYWH4YKU

    My middle child is such a delight. She is a sweet caring girl who is at a very awkward age. She is pure sunshine who lights up the life of whoever meets her. She is an honor roll student and she collects monster high dolls and loves animals.
    She is 12 and her wishlist is here: http://amzn.com/w/3BXJOIDYEXMLN

    Last but not least is my tiniest little one. She is the sweetest little girl you could ever meet. Blonde hair and blue eyed angel. She is a bundle of energy and she is obsessed with Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
    She is 3 and her wishlist is here: http://amzn.com/w/2PXIOPFPWGO8R

    Thank you Jenny for doing this, thanks for being there for me to laugh and smile and cry with. Thank you to anyone who helps out my family! Merry Christmas!

    (A small surprise for each of your kids is on its way. ~ Jenny)

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    LaSalleUGirl

    #28, Mo Wood — one of the items on your daughter’s wish list was a Class of 2018 sweatshirt, and she left a little note beside it that said “Because I’m awesome.” Amazon wouldn’t let me add a gift note to the purchase, but I couldn’t turn that note down because she IS awesome and so are you. I was in her shoes 8 years ago, and I know from experience that it’s going to be a rough Christmas no matter how many miracle gifts turn up, but I’m sending so, so many good thoughts your way. Merry Christmas!

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  304. Thank you Jenny for this little bit of hope in a very dark room. I had no way to prepare for this or even know I would have no work,therfore no pay for this holiday season. I feel absolutely worthless and with all the comments from people asker needing help, I rather doubt it’ll help. But every little light is worth grasping for right? My kids are older and understand but I feel so low that I can’t provide for them right now.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/ls/?ie=UTF8&lid=23K1HULQORQRT

    (You don’t have a shipping address assigned to the wish list. Can you change? ~Jenny)

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  305. Hi there. My name is Jessica, and I am writing on behalf of my beautiful nephews. Their mom is awesome, but is having an extremely hard year. She is a single mom and taking care of her two boys on a waitress’s income. She had to be hospitalized for kidney problems this summer, and was not able to keep up with rent, so they had to move into my parent’s goest room. She is so deep down in depression right now because she is working so hard, but can’t seem to dig out of the hole she is in. She is lonely and defeated and needs to believe in good again. Her sweet boys are 5 & 6 years old. Right now, she is struggling not only to provide Christmas presents, but also just the basics, like clothes. We are trying to help as much as possible, but I myself am currently job searching. If you would like to help, I know it would be wonderful for the boys, and it would help my sister believe that things won’t always be so terrible. Here is the list I made for the boys http://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1QYI55QDPFPZX/ref=cm_wl_list_o_7? The boys are the same size (boys, 7) and they like to dress alike, so I asked for two of most of the clothes. Thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart for choosing to give to children you’ve never even met. Just the thought of it has me crying my eyes out.

    (Two sets of TMNT pajamas and a football flying your way. ~ Jenny)

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    Jeremy Impson

    #240, Shawn, Mom to 3, a gift to each kid is on the way by Dec 17.

    (Tell Owen he is NOT TO BULLSEYE ANY WOMPRATS.)

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  307. My name is Jesi, myself and my family have seen our share of hard times. This year my husband lost his job for three week prior to this holiday season. We spent what we would have on our children for bills and our youngest son’s medical bills.Anything you can do to help would be very lovingly appreciated.🙂
    Kaid: http://amzn.com/w/2BZUAEBV6PAWE
    Sarah: http://amzn.com/w/3K7WHPHNC5NGH
    Tyler: http://amzn.com/w/2L1KSH2BK9J7Y

    (Legos, a doll and a helicopter on the way! ~ Jenny)

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  308. homemakernette #294 Sarah has a book on the way!

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  309. My girls are 7 and 13. They are both math and science nerds! They know how bad things are right now and are so sweet about it.They would be surprised and grateful for anything on the list!
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3LJE6ARU4L22Q/ref=topnav_lists_2

    (Tenzi dice and kanoodle puzzle on the way. ~ Jenny)

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  310. I added diapers to the list for the twins. I hope that’s ok.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/giftlist/2GXIXSZZTM97B/ref=cm_go_nav_recip_gl?

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  311. Last year I was too late for this. Or maybe I was confused, but I think everyone’s wishes were filled by the time I got on to it. But this year I’ll fill a wish or two and send that incredible bag to the kiddos. Because of the love and strength your community shows, Jenny, so many people will have a beautiful holiday. XO

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    Jeremy Impson

    #233 Trish Sams, mom can expect a warm blanket by Dec 23 (reminds me of the fleece blanket I got for my Grandma years ago.)

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  313. Let me know if this list works – https://www.amazon.ca/gp/registry/wishlist/ref=nav__gno_listpop_wi?ie=UTF8&requiresSignIn=1

    We’re in Canada, Ana is 7. I’ve only put one book (book set) on the list, but she loves to read and any books good for a 2nd grader are wonderful.

    Thank you, Jenny, for doing such a neat thing every year.❤

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  314. Won’t let me reply inline to someone directly, but Mo Wood, keep an eye out for boxes! What you’ve been through is so rough, but you keep sticking to your guns for you and your daughter. Us “non-theists” have to stick together. Have a wonderful year and may the magic and joy of the holidays fill your hearts.

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    Jeremy Impson

    #227 Bethany, you need to add a shipping address to the list and allow Amazon to share it with third party merchants!

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  316. I have a very hard time asking, but I could really use some help this year. My husband was recently let go from his job due to serious medical issues, and I am 100% disabled so I’m not much use for bringing in income. My 9yo step-son is very much looking forward to Christmas, and we are trying to get into the spirit as well, but it has been difficult. This is always a hard time of year for me because of my PTSD, but the strains of the last few months are making this year particularly overwhelming. So we are trying to make it as special as possible and push away the bad.🙂

    Anyway, we also have two dogs, a Siberian Husky and a German Shorthaired Pointer named Mandi. Mandi is my service dog, and has also developed medical issues that are forcing her into an early retirement. I have been fundraising since we got the news, and recently was able to get a puppy to begin training to take over her lifesaving work. He will be coming home just after Christmas and my birthday. Any help we can get with getting him some of the things he needs is also greatly appreciated.❤

    Thank you everyone for being as awesome as you are!

    https://amzn.com/w/34OHVTICT9ZH7

    (Toy airplane flying to you now.🙂 ~ Jenny)

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    Jeremy Impson

    #224 Anonymous, you posted the wrong wish list link. Use the one that pops up under when you click on Share. (You posted one that takesthe viewer to their own wish lists.)

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  318. What a lovely idea!! I wish I had known about it in previous years so that I could give; once we are back on our feet (hopefully next year!) we will certainly come here to pay this forward. I come to you this year as someone who is in need. My husband and I have one child, he is 8. He is special needs so developmentally he is about 5ish. He’s a sweetheart of a little boy with a high spirit. He’s on the autism spectrum, very hard of hearing, has sensory processing disorder, a few other possibilities they’re working out and was very recently diagnosed with epilepsy. We are still reeling from that one.:-/ He’s also incredibly adorable.😉

    Right after Christmas last year, my husband lost his job. Unable to find gainful employment, he enrolled full time in college and works part time. I am also a college student. We figured we didn’t ever want to be in this position again so we were going to go all out and ensure that it doesn’t. We mainly live on student loans, plus part time work. My husband does work study to help offset some of the student loans and they are WONDERFUL about the work he’s had to miss due to the epilepsy diagnosis (our son just had to do a 48 hour EEG last week) but the bad part is he doesn’t get paid if he misses. We are barely making it just paying bills, buying gas and groceries and what we had put aside for our Christmas budget has gotten eaten up by increased bills and missed work for our son.

    My husband and I don’t need Christmas gifts but our son is Mr. Christmas this year! He is ENAMORED by all the lights and merriness and is BEYOND excited! He turns the Christmas tree on immediately after he gets up; he’s a little character.😉 We don’t want him to not have a good Christmas because of our money problems. He’s so happy and excited, we just want that to carry through for him. He makes us happy and he lifts the doom and gloom. I’ve never asked for gifts or anything for our son; we’ve always been able to provide until this year. And my pride has been getting in the way of asking but that’s not fair to a little boy whose had a rough go of it and deserves the happiness that Christmas morning brings to children.

    I included things on the list that he likes and is into, as well as educational items that would help him, therapy items, and things he needs (like jeans; meds made him gain some weight). Anything is appreciated.🙂

    I thank you, in advance, should anyone decide to pick something off the list I’ve created (I didn’t know how many things or at what costs to choose! lol). Bless you for ANY person that you help – we truly can make a difference for others.

    (Toy truck and drill on its way! ~ Jenny)

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    Samantha Heinzl

    Please help. I’m a single mom with two kids. I have a daughter name hailed who is 3 years old who loves to read and learn. I also have a daughter who is 4 months name Abby. I just lost my job and don’t have anything for my kids for Christmas. I really diapers and wipes. I also need some warm baby clothes. Any other items would be greatly appreciated. http://amzn.com/w/LSLDI47I2CG3

    (Diapers, wipes and a toy on your way. ~ Jenny)

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    Jeremy Impson

    #223 Ginger in NC, some Christmas movies are on the way by Dec 18.

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    Eyreka Peterson

    Jenny, I got your note about my list and thought something might be faulty. There was nothing there, so I added a few things to see if I could get it to add and they did, but then…but THEN! I realized I was looking at the “unpurchased” drop down menu. I switched it to “purchased” and, you guys, someone got all those gift for my kids! Why didn’t I laminate my notes for finals! All these flipping tears! Thank you to anyone who created this little miracle for my family. I will pay it forward in every way I am able to in the future! My heart is bursting!

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  322. #306 I realized that a bit too late and added a new comment to reflect that later on down lol, thank you for noticing.

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    Jeremy Impson

    #221 Mommy Tofour, a gift card is on the way.

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    Grandma Kisses

    I am #182.

    My Daugher and grandchildren haven’t been helped yet but I want to thank everyone who is offering kind words, prayers and offering assistance it means more to the people who need help than you realize and will truly make the holiday season magical. Jenny you are amazing for posting this for everyone.

    Kids wishlist:
    http://amzn.com/w/1XTDC7OG1BIU2

    Clothing they need:
    http://walmart.com/lists/view-wish-list-items?id=8f3ad91b-b7c2-4bc1-8c18-09803ccffb14

    I made a wishlist for my son as well, all of my extra funds went towards putting a roof over my daughter and grandkids heads:

    http://amzn.com/w/N5T36J7WUNVD

    Thank you everyone.

    (Fingerpaints and a doll on their way. ~ Jenny)

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  325. This will be our first Christmas that we are not either homeless or crashing with family, it has been a whirlwind getting here, and we spent the first few weeks living out of our car while trying to find a place we could afford, but we did it, we drained our meager saving to pay first month’s rent and deposits, but we finally moved into our very own apartment in mid-October, our first home of our own since we have had kids and I want so badly for it to be perfect. The parts I have control over will amazing, baking, decorating, singing, crafts, coco and snowball fights… I’ve got that down! What I don’t have is the ability to buy gifts for our two children, I am beyond thankful that we have gotten to a place where we can pay rent and bills all on our own, however after those are paid we have no money for extras, let alone Christmas presents.

    So, if you are still reading, I thank you, and let me introduce you to my two amazing children:

    Roswell-Elizabeth is almost three; she is an imaginative, silly, dramatic, creative, and active little girl. Rosie loves Frozen, dancing, art, and singing. She is extremely smart and curious, a severely picky eater (she is in the 3rd percent for weight and the 98th percent for height!), and a doting big sissy who loves to care for and boss her little brother around!
    Sherloch-James is almost two; he is a sweet, mellow, happy, smart and lively little boy. Loch loves music, Frozen, Minions, and food! Loch is a climber and a fearless boy who runs into a falls off of everything (he keeps me on his toes!). He loves when his sissy plays with him, and he tries so hard to follow her around…. And steal what she is playing with!

    Here is there wishlist, I have added a variety of things, to help give choices and options, not at all because I expect anything or to be greedy (just wanted to explain that🙂 )

    That got long, thank you for taking the time to read this and getting to know my family. We are grateful for anything you can send our way, to help make our children’s first Christmas in our own home the wide-eyed, exciting, joyful experience it should be.

    Love and Light, from my family to yours,
    Sha, Zack and the littles, Rosie & Loch

    (A movie and a book headed your way! ~ Jenny)

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  326. RainingSprinkles #310 – The link doesn’t appear to work

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  327. Thank you for this lovely post, My name is Tom and I have one daughter along with three step-kids. I need help getting gifts for my daughter and two of my step-kids.

    Two years ago I suffered a stroke at the age of thirty-three, it was unexpected and they aren’t 100% sure why it happened all they know is my heart hasn’t improved since the stroke. When I suffered the stroke I was going up a flight of stairs and ended up rolling down them during the stroke, I had a hole in my elbow a few cuts and a gash. My wounds healed, my memory became clear again as did my speech (I knew what words I wanted to say but they weren’t coming out correctly or I couldn’t remember a word I wanted to use). My heart didn’t recover it was left enlarged and with a low infraction rate. I’ve had three different operations, the first was to implant a pace maker but it wasn’t placed right so I had to go back into to be opened back up to move it. The third was to place a better pace maker and put it under the muscle instead of above the muscle, it was a more painful experience than the other two. I’ve been to the ER numerous times, I constantly have to visit the doctor and have been placed on the transplant waiting list. Things have really changed, I can’t go on long walks or do sports and related activities anymore because I get winded easily or my blood pressure drops so low I have to rest before I can get up again. I get depressed due to not being able to do anything and also from my medication, before my stroke I worked a lot and was always busy doing something now I feel like I’ve been knocked back down to the ground and have to learn how to re-live with all the restrictions I have to face. Once I receive a heart transplant if my name eventually makes it’s way up the list I hope it will help better how things are health wise.

    I’ve been trying to apply for disability but was denied, their reason being I am too young and ‘can still work’ my doctors say otherwise and I have recently been placed on the heart transplant list. I currently have a lawyer working on the case who thinks we will win and that my case has been handled wrong, I don’t have to pay her unless we win the case at which point she will receive 15% of what ever back pay they give me. I currently live with my girlfriend of five years, her disabled mother, her teenage son & daughter, along with my daughter when it is my weekend/school break.

    The kids didn’t ask for much this year because they know things are tight, My daughter is 8 things on her wishlist, my step-son has 7 and my step-daughter has 11.

    Wishlists for the kids:

    amzn.com/w/36W4NDYXDZ1A4

    amzn.com/w/R8Y572EJKYA5

    amzn.com/w/2AXN7UBFHBK3D

    We have a list of house/food needs as well:

    amzn.com/w/313F9R1MJKR3L

    I am sorry if I reply slowly I use a cell phone to surf the web. If you have questions you can email Crazy4porsche @ yahoo.com

    (Two movies and a gecko light on the way! ~ Jenny)

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  328. My cousin is in desperate need. She has three little ones: ages 4.5, 3, and 19 months. Her and her husband are going through some very rough financial issues currently and are unsure if they’ll be able to provide Christmas for their kids this year. Any help is appreciated. Thank you.

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  329. Christina from Palmdale, I sent you some Paper Pups. Should get there Wednesday!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  330. Shawn Wright Williams, your package should be there Wednesday. Merry Christmas!

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  331. #285/289/309 Jennifer, books by dec 18, paper by Dec 24(!)

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  332. my kids benefited last year, and now I have the most amazing support group of women online. I don’t need help this year, but because of last year and the women I have met I have managed to start my own business and get to place where we don’t need help but we’re not quite set up to help anyone else yet. Maybe next year. All I really want for Christmas this year is for this gosh darn baby to get out of me.

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  333. Jeannette (#294) Keep an eye out for an Amazon package in a couple days. Merry Christmas to you all!

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  334. #295 Jeremy Impson. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. My autistic son loves Bob Ross, and will be thrilled. It’s one thing he does that makes me feel very good about himself. You’re an angel!

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  335. #284 Amandapooh, amazon doesn’t have your address (for husband list, at least).

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    Loving Cousin

    My cousin and her family have been struggling financially this year. They have three little ones at home, ages 4.5, 3, and 20 months. Any help would be greatly appreciated as they’re not even sure if they’ll be able to provide Christmas this year.

    http://smile.amazon.com/registry/giftlist/13EVT2IJ6BN4R

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  337. @Missicat – Please, please, please call a suicide hotline for help. They can set you up with real help. Depression lies and you are completely worth every heartbeat and breath you take. I hope you change your mind and wake up with us all on January 1st.

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  338. I am throwing this out for anyone who might be interested.

    I live in Rochester, NY and earlier this year, I learned about a woman who goes into some of the most under-served areas of our city and feeds stray and feral cats. She does this at 4:30 in the morning EVERY DAY. And she has been doing this every day for 15+ years. She feeds close to 100 cats each day, rain or shine–and Rochester winters can be BRUTAL. Each week, she traps and neuters a few cats and tries to find homes for the kittens and the cats who are strays and and not feral. She has picked up cats with acid burns, tumors, ulcerated tongues. She has had the authorities called on her, had the shelters for the cats be destroyed and has been (thankfully, mildly) assaulted. The city should be doing something about the cat population, but like most cities, they are NOT.

    Most of the time, a large portion of the costs of food, veterinary care and spaying & neutering comes from her own pocket.

    I started a campaign to raise money to cover the cost of feeding these cats so that she can have a break. If you are at all inclined, please consider checking out Feed a Cat for Christmas, as well as the rest of her blog: http://thebean10.blogspot.com/p/feed-cat-for-christmas.html.

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  339. I absolutely adore you for doing this. Well, I adore you anyway, but more now. As if that were possible.

    And I wanted to say to Mary who will be alone this year, if you are anywhere near Tacoma, Washington you are more than welcome to join my insane family for Christmas. If not, you will be in our thoughts for a peaceful holiday.

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  340. Thanks for giving me a place to do a bit of good (especially for a fellow Whovian, we timey wimey people have to stick together).❤

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  341. I can’t believe I’m asking, this is really embarrassing. I could use some help this year. I quit my job a year ago to take care of my parents (Dad was going through chemo and Mom has Alzheimer’s). I moved out of state for pretty much the entire year, flying home for a week every 6 weeks. I brought my 4 year old with me, and he had to deal with everything that was going on. When I came home for good at Thanksgiving after my dad passed, my husband told me he found someone else and was leaving. My savings are gone after not working, and I have to pay for care for my Mom. I don’t have any other family. I’m going to lose my house in the divorce. Things are really tight this year and my son hasn’t heard from his dad in almost a month.

    Anyway, my now 5 year old deserves to have a great Christmas. He’s a great kid, but when I put him into school back in my town in November he began getting bullied. He loves science and Legos and animals. We volunteer together at the Senior Center. He really wants to learn how to read and write better.

    Here is his list:
    Link: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/2RGHWCXCLSUXZ

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  342. I am correcting that now . I am so sorry.

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  343. Note to self – do not read the comments after putting on makeup. Mary #16 who is alone for the holidays – if you are close to the SF bay area, we would love it if you would join our family for Christmas dinner. Please email me at laracsmith at gmail dot com.

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  344. I’m used to being short on cash, but this year is a little different. My Mum is out of work/trying to finalize a painful divorce and my sister is disabled, so I’m our only breadwinner and I’m not making much. We’re more or less settled on it being a very thin Christmas this year, but if anyone wants to make a Canadian Christmas happen, this is the list. I’d just like to be able to get for the kids and my grandparents, so that’s the list I made: https://www.amazon.ca/registry/wishlist/4YKK3KTGK7DI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ip_wl_o_UnWBwb2C9260J
    I never post to these sorts of things and I’m sure Mum would kill me if she knew, but it’s supposed to be a miracle, right? I can’t even donate to PNN this year, because the loonie is so low and it’d cost me double, which I just can’t afford, even if it breaks my heart. I could so easily have been one of those kids, under different circumstances. I’m so glad to know that this community will be giving to them though!

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  345. The address has been added. Thank you so much for letting me know.

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  346. Meghan, #314–some treats and chews for the pups are on their way–from my dog to yours🙂 Happy holidays!

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  347. I love you all. I really do. I don’t know you, but I love you. The warmth and care here… You all are amazing.

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  348. And I wanted to add that I am very excited about this. My kids usually pick out stuff for toys for tots but this year has been crazier than usual and we haven’t done it yet. When they get home from school we’re going to sit down and pick assume gifts to send! I can’t wait!

    And Mary, I forgot to post my email if you want to contact me. It’s Denaalocolbeck AT Hotmail.com

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  349. I suffered through anaphylaxis earlier in the year which taught me three things: #1 what medication not to take any more; #2 breathing is the best thing ever!; #3 Prednisone, while life saving, can wreck havoc on a body. Due to this, I have not been able to work (which, I have to admit, through everything, has been a nice bit of time off). But the medical bills have stacked up. Insurance is a god-send, but I wish they would cover more.

    Now my family has a bit of bad news on top of already muddling along. My spouse’s job is ending. He isn’t being fired, nope, the whole job is going away! So, he and all the other employees are out on their ears on December 23rd (nice, huh?) with four weeks severance pay (that won’t come until 30 days after the doors close). Oh, and they are going to tax the severance pay. Unemployment will carry us for a while, but I have had to tell friends and family that we won’t be able to do anything for them for Christmas (though I am trying to make everyone cookies and cakes). My spouse and I won’t be getting anything for each other and I have one gift for my 15-year old kiddo – a lego video game because, apparently, those things are the bomb!

    So, anything anyone could do to help make this a less depressing Christmas would be awesome.

    Kiddo’s list is filled with 15-year old geekery. Kiddo is a lover of Japanese animation (anime), voraciously consumes novels (especially science fiction, fantasy, and steampunk), and loves to draw, paint, and make felted projects. I would love for said kiddo to have cheaper items on the list (or clothing), but I am told that those things are not what wishing is for. So, please be kind to your wallet and, if you choose to help, only do what you can afford – in fact…do a search by price…I can assure you that kiddo will be thrilled with anything on the list.

    Kiddo – http://amzn.com/w/39WZG746X5F9F
    Mine and spouse’s – but please concentrate on kiddo first. We will be okay. – http://amzn.com/w/3HTOKKPW5JNLU

    Thank you and happy holidays to everyone. May next year treat everybody a bit gentler.

    (I can’t access your son’s wish list. Hopefully because everything is already bought? ~ Jenny)

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  350. Hey Elizabeth Stafford and son AJ – have a great holiday season and an even better 2016! My family is so glad we could lend a hand even in a little way – Melissa

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  351. CAT (181) – I just saw a few requests including needs for pets for elionwyr (209) and Irene (259)🙂 – Taryn

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  352. Thank you for the opportunity to receive some help. This year has been rough for us. My older kids, husband & I are in need of warm clothes & shoes. Its getting cold quickly. My younger 2 are set with warm clothes. Those are easy to find at the thrift stores. =) They could use a few toys for Christmas though. Any help is so very much appreciated. You guys are angels!

    Here’s our list:
    http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/17F5KILBRI1PQ

    (Barbie clothes and a few warm shirts on their way! ~ Jenny)

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  353. Jennifer_mercurio109 I have sent a present for each of your kiddos! I hope this makes your Christmas a little more Merry and your heart a little lighter! I am making this donation in the name of my lovely niece, Rosie, who asked that money that I would spend on her be donated to someone in need. Thanks Rosie for showing us the true meaning of Christmas!

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  354. I have five kids. Girls ages 10, 8, 5, and boys who are 4 and 1. I have been fighting to get our family financially self sufficient and I have managed to get off of all but childcare assistance this year. I planned to pay for Christmas out of this next paycheck, but I got hit with both having to save for a $1200 plumbing repair and my paycheck being docked $250+ due to having bronchitis and a gi bug work its way through the family.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/ls/?ie=UTF8&lid=SMKOY7BRPSU6

    (I can’t get a shipping address. Is there one attached? Thanks! ~Jenny)

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    Grandma Kisses

    Did I do my request correctly? I am posting for my daughters two children who are 2 and 5 and recently went through a rough patch and move, I was back in the 180’s but doesn’t seem like it was seen. Maybe I wrote too much?

    (It’s approved. I sent you some stuff. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  356. My kids love the idea of Project Night Night; we just donated enough for 2 kids. Thanks for setting this up, Jenny!

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  357. I spread some love through a couple different lists. When my dad had cancer and was deteriorating fast, the newspaper he worked for put together an amazing Christmas for our family and made sure all us kids had presents. I’ve never forgotten that and am glad that now as an adult I’m in a position to help a little.

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  358. APRIL COLLINS IN MINNESOTA: A hoodie and Puma socks are on their way to your sweet son! Merry Christmas!

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  359. Thank you to All the people on here giving. Many people will not have to worry about Santa not coming to their homes. Even though my wife said to me these gifts come from the St. James Garfield Elves, she’s a huge Bloggess fan. She also wanted me to extend a thank you from herself as well. The amount of love from strangers is so touching and gives you a hope for humanity in a chaotic world. And I hope that this time next year to be one of the elves and give another child and family a huge smile that all of you give.

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  360. Mary, a little something for you and your cat is on the way. Unfortunately it isn’t guaranteed by Christmas, but keep your fingers crossed. The kitty toy will probably arrive first.

    Tamar @257, post a wishlist! Also, my sympathy on the loss of your partner.

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    Amanda Rayburn

    Wow. I cannot stop the tears from flowing as I read everyone’s posts. I am blessed with so much more than I need. I recently told my family and friends that it shouldn’t be so hard for us to come up with things we want for Christmas. We have so much. So I scrolled through the first hundred comments and just kept purchasing stuff. Finally had to make myself stop! But I am very glad to be able to send things to you guys. Especially to the veteran and his family. I hope everyone gets more than they ever thought possible.

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  362. Jeremy Impson, are you sure it isn’t Elfson? Look at you go!

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    Loving cousin

    I’ve tried to post this a couple of times, but my computer keeps eating my comments.

    My cousin has three small children ages 4.5, 3, and 20 months. She and her husband are going through some extreme financial hardships and are unsure if they’ll be able to provide Christmas this year. If you’re able to help, thank you. I know they will appreciate it even if they won’t ask for it themselves.

    https://smile.amazon.com/gp/aw/ls/ref=cm_sw_em_r?ie=UTF8&lid=13EVT2IJ6BN4R&ref_=cm_sw_em_r&ty=giftlist

    (Sent two books and two teethers. ~ Jenny)

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  364. Long shot, but Cora from comment 109 (Jenny–maybe you could help me?)–I sent some things! I am a clothing designer and sewer–I would love to hear from you if you think I could help in the future–dress up costumes and such are not always considered essential, but I disagree, lol. (Email me if I can help in the future: trappedintimedesigns@yahoo.com)

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    lauragluhanich

    So fun. Sent a few gifts to a few families. Best Monday morning I’ve had in a while.

    Thank you for coordinating this Jenny!

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  366. Thank you for the opportunity for some help this Christmas. This year has been rough for us. My older teen kids, husband, and myself are in need of warm clothing & shoes. Its getting cold quickly. My younger daughters are all set with warm clothing (those are easy to find at thrift stores), but could use some toys for Christmas. I would love to give them some toys. Any help is so very much appreciated! You guys are Angels!

    Here’s our list:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/?ie=UTF8&cid=A1BP77F9WXISRG

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  367. You rock, always and forever.Thanks for doing this.

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  368. I wish I were rich and could give everybody everything, but I’m not and I can’t. But I did send a few things, so…

    Anonymous, your friend’s granddaughter is getting that ridiculously cute puppy shirt.
    Abbey, I sent you “Cosmos” because it’s brilliant, and everyone will enjoy it now and keep on enjoying as they grow up.
    Donna, I sent 3 books to Samantha’s kids because I’m an editor and animal lover, so what could be better than books about animals?

    To everyone who’s struggling in whatever way, me too. My last 14 months have been hard. I had (and got rid of) breast cancer for the second time, had a bunch of other minor medical crap going on, my finances suck (thanks, car and general life), and just in time for Christmas my heart dog tore her second ACL and needs surgery this week, just ahead of my own – hopefully final – surgery next week. But you know what? I’m going to be fine, dammit, ‘cuz I have my tribe in real life and on line, and I’m happy to be tribal cheerleader for all of you, because you’re loved and you’re not alone, and you’re going to be fine, too, dammit.

    Leslie

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  369. My husband is currently deployed to Afghanistan and things are tight this year as I am pregnant and on bed rest with complications with my second pregnancy (due after the new year) . We have a three year old little boy and we had to leave our home to stay with family for these last few months so I could have help with him and be able to take care of myself while we wait for our next one to arrive. My husband will be gone for Christmas and the birth of our child so I have tried to create a wish list more focused on spending time together and being together as a family for him. Any bit of help to make his Christmas special while daddy is away would be forever appreciated. Thank you!

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/ref=cm_reg_rd-upd?ie=UTF8&id=1YFAEXVQJHMJE&type=wishlist

    (Dinosaur floor puzzle on it’s way now! ~ Jenny)

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  370. There are 3 feral cats in my neighborhood. While I don’t have the resources to take them in and take care of them, they do have access to my garage. These are items that would help them to survive through typically very cold Central New York winters.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/CZ04BL9OF3Q4/ref=cm_wl_list_o_1?

    (You need to add a shipping address to that specific wish list. Thanks! ~ Jenny)

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  371. Oh my goodness I am so confused! I added diapers to the list and saw that someone purchased a book twice so I hit delete. Does that mean I deleted both the books or did I delete it off the list or did I delete one book??
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/giftlist/2GXIXSZZTM97B/ref=cm_go_nav_recip_gl?

    (You should be able to see the purchased items to see if you still have it. I’m pretty sure if someone has bought something for you it can’t be deleted. ~ Jenny)

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  372. #284 Amandapooh, a kindle fire on its way for husband by Jan 4. (It might ship sooner.)

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  373. @Grandma Kisses some Disney stuff should arrive for your daughter and grandchildren on Christmas Eve.

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  374. Mary #16 We aren’t in a position to give anything but good wishes. Is there anyway you could attach an email or address to your posts so that we can send you ecards or card in the mail? Or you can email me here and the kids make up a card just for you! djroessler81@gmail.com

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  375. Heather #309 There’s a parcel on it’s way

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    jessica alexander

    I am a single mother of four. I have 3 sons and one daughter. We have had a bad year. My ex-husband passed away from heart failure. We had to leave our home of 10 years and move into a smaller, more affordable, apartment. The kids have been through a great deal of trauma. My daughter gained 75 pounds in 8 months. My youngest son started wetting the bed, even though he never had as a young child. My 15 year old son has tried to remain strong for his younger siblings, but he has started to show some signs of stress.

    I am unable to afford to buy them anything this year for Christmas. I tried to register them with some social agencies, but they would only take my 10 year old, so I decided not to even register him. They are good children who understand the troubles I am having making ends meet, but that does not lessen my concern over their happiness. I work 65 hours a week, but after I pay my bills I am usually in the red. I would be grateful for anything to give them. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity.

    Thank you, Jenny, for having The Christmas Miracle again! I never imagined I would need to use it from this end. I have been following your blog since 2011. You are a very talented and giving soul!

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/ref=cm_reg_rd-upd?ie=UTF8&id=MEXJO67AMSEY&type=wishlist

    (Star wars decals, t-shirt, pajamas and rice cooker on their way! ~ Jenny)

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  377. I can’t reply inline, but TAMARA M SALAZAR and Susan E Hubert keep an eye out for some packages!

    I really love this gift exchange because it’s all about love, trust, and altruism. So happy to send some books and toys to kiddos in need.

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  378. #182/273 Grandma Kisses, gift cards are on the way!

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  379. #209 elionwyr – Some cozy pj’s are on their way to your amazing friend, Anthony.

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    Zoltan the Adequate

    To me, an audiobook is just a file – took me a moment to figure out how you were going to autograph one…

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  381. My coworkers daughters:
    Kayleigh (girl, 11) https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/giftlist/3TTFRTCFWBQEQ/ref=cm_go_nav_recip_gl?
    Lylan (girl, 7) https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/giftlist/3J7CMOXLZI19X/ref=cm_go_nav_recip_gl?

    Off to see what I can match up with someone!!

    (4 books and a barbie pool on their way! ~Jenny)

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    Deidra Whitley

    Last year, I was able to help out another single mom and it made me feel wonderful! Hopefully, this year, someone will hear my plea. I have an exuberant, creative, and kind 10 year old daughter who does well in school and has been a tremendous help in the volunteer work that we do as a family with our local food pantry. I was laid off in August, and knowing that we are short on money, she kept her Christmas wish list very short this year. I was able to get her the things that she asked for while only spending the $30 extra in the budget that I had this month.

    I took her to see Santa on Saturday and noticed that she had a secret whispered conversation with him. Yes, she is still a BELIEVER! After she had her picture taken and was picking out a candy cane with the elves, I asked Santa what she talked to him about, and he told me that she said that she knew times were tough, but she hoped that SANTA knew that she still really wanted an American Girl Doll for Christmas, because her mom would never be able to afford it since she lost her job,

    Needless to say, I’ve been a bit of a basket case. My daughter is so kind and generous- we have picked out toys to donate to foster children in TX every year until this one, and she insists on donating her gently used stuffed animals and books to MD Anderson’s children’s center. If there is a kind-hearted and generous soul like my daughter out there reading this, please know that I will make absolutely certain that any favor extended to my darling girl this year is repaid in kind next year- I will “pay it forward” next year when I am able to do so again.

    https://amzn.com/w/17TZXBD12RYGP

    Many thanks, and may the light of the season shine in all that you do!

    (I went to buy it but there’s nothing there. I assume someone beat me to it? ~ Jenny)

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  383. @Morgan H.(#174 – I think) My grandmother loved telling stories and looking at pictures and old documents that she had. I’d suggest a book not just with pictures but maybe little notes about what you remember. She also loved that I would make her recipes from her youth, it might be something fun to do. Make something for your dad that reminds him of happier times. Also, soft things are excellent when bed or chair bound. Does your mom have a very soft blanket or slippers or a robe? I can tell you nothing meant more to my grandma than visits and I bet your mom feels the same. Time and love are always the best gifts.

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  384. Donna, I sent the baby animals touch’n’feel book, Rainbow Fish and the board book with the gorilla on it. At 1 point I had the baby animal book in my cart twice because Amazon and I were confusing each other, but I fixed that. Does that help?

    Leslue

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  385. @ Jeremy thank thank you so much!

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    Grandma Kisses

    #373 Thank you so much Jeremy I am in tears. As a mother it has been awful to watch my daughter and grandchildren going through what they have, it is traumatic when someone you love changes so much and becomes abusive. It was turning into a worse and worse situation so I am glad she left.

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  387. Oh, it looked like my link didn’t work! Here’s the list for my daughter, Ana, age 7. Let me know if it doesn’t work again!

    http://www.amazon.ca/registry/wishlist/15E448AI9SBGD

    I’m a single mom who got hit hard with our divorce and while I work full time and work hard, it pretty much just covers the bills. I had to file for bankruptcy (the step right before it anyway) and am slowly trying to climb out of the sinkhole.

    Ana’s a beautiful kid with a beautiful heart. She heard about a young family who lost their house and belongings in a fire and she packed up a box of her own toys and books to give to them without even being asked. She deserves the very best.

    Thanks again, Jenny, you do amazing things.

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  388. The last couple years I couldn’t buy gifts for my kids (or anyone) – but whenever I feel depressed about that, I come here to soak up all the feel-good provided by you generous souls, and remember that there is always someone who has it worse than we do.🙂 I don’t have the means this year to help anyone else, unfortunately, but on the other hand the bills are paid and we’ve a roof over our heads and food in our bellies, the kids are healthy, so we need nothing. Thank you Jenny, and everyone. ♥ Happy holidays to us all!

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  389. What a wonderful thing you are doing! I had a preemie this year and we took a huge financial hit with me being in the hospital so much, then a NICU stay. We are in the process of filing for bankruptcy, so it’s really tough to do anything for the girls this year. We have a 3 year old and an 11 month old. I am SO appreciate of what you are doing, and I hate having to ask for help. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1XHRV87WPI384/ref=cm_wl_list_o_1?

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  390. (I think maybe my previous comment was too long)
    Two sweet boys, ages 5 & 6. http://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1QYI55QDPFPZX/ref=cm_wl_list_o_7

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  391. Michelle (#366) you have 2 coats coming your way. Stay warm!

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  392. Jenny, this is awesome. My dog died a month ago, my friends are all living somewhere else at the moment, and it’s cold and bleh. I’ve been bah-humbugging it up this year in a big way. Thanks for giving me a way to participate in the holidays without having to, you know, get dressed and leave the house. This is my first James Garfield Miracle and it’s a wonderful thing. Thank you.

    elionwyr at comment 209: some stuff is on the way for Ant. Losing your health is terrifying and when it happened to me I remember how hard it was to ask for help. Best wishes to both of you for a better new year.

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  393. #366 Michelle, several pair of boots will be there by Dec 17.

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  394. Heather #205/Justin Smith: I could only send a few things, but they’re on their way!

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  395. I am in awe of so much love and generosity in this community and others. I am on my own with five kids, and though I never would have thought I could support them by myself and go to school full time I am. I feel like I fail every day, but I know I am doing what I need to do and it’s so much more than worth it. I always wish I could do more, and it’s hard never having quite enough for any “extras” or any fun trips, but my kids are loved, have full bellies, and a warm home. Thank you for, well, just being you❤ My boys are 3, 5, 10 and [19], and I have an almost 16 year old girl. Merry christmas and happy holidays to all!

    https://amzn.com/w/33I8C1L9XNYYN

    (Four toys and a movie on the way to you! ~ Jenny)

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  396. I have a 2 1/2 yr old little girl who was recently diagnosed with Autism & Sesory Processing Disorder. I cannot work due to health issues & have applied for Disability, her father disappeared before she was born & we don’t have any other family to speak of. My 21 yr old son works to pay the household bills while also helping with my toddler & he is in college too. We weren’t planning on getting anything for Christmas this year because we figured my daughter is too young to remember, we also don’t have a tree. I do make wreaths & decorations for people as often as I can for extra money to get necessities, but it’s not much. I would appreciate anything anyone would be able to get for my daughter. I have included a lot of things she would love & that would help with her particular development stage. Thank you in advance to anyone able to concider my daughter in your thoughts!
    http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/12DJ73H3GZD26

    (Can you go back and add a shipping address to this? Thanks! ~ Jenny)

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  397. #111 Erin – Ashlynn sounds like an amazing girl. Tell her happy holidays from a fellow lover of spooky girl stuff!

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  398. @anxiety, #341 – please add your shipping address!

    My family has faced the Alzheimer’s struggle several times. Prayers are with you. I constantly fear facing it with my own mother. I hope you and your little guy can find enough light to have a happy holiday.

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  399. #111 Erin – I forgot to add that a Monster High doll is headed your way.

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  400. I can’t participate this year unless something miraculous happens money-wise, but I will be cheering you all on. Watching this amazing, chaotic, compassionate thing happen may bring a much-needed touch of Christmas spirit.

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  401. This time of year I really struggle with my depression because I feel forgotten or like someone’s last thought. I always tell myself that I’ll not let it get to me this year, depression is a lie, and that I (and others) have bigger problems. I suffer from some health issues that have been life changing the last couple years and it’s been really really difficult to adjust to. Despite my health issues I pushed myself to work a seasonal night job to make sure my wonderful children have a Christmas they deserve and I’m proud of that. I’ve had some set backs health wise from pushing myself to hard..so I’m not able to continue working. That’s been hard to deal with.. my body not being able to do what I need it to. I normally would never ask for anything for myself, but I’m struggling this year and I could use some holiday cheer.

    I did add 4 different minecraft toys because my 4 boys love minecraft. They mean the world to me so I can’t forget them and I would do anything for them.

    https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3VFJAACEU9ZGS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ip_wl_o_T8VBwbC4DS4QR

    (A few minecraft toys on their way! ~ Jenny)

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  402. Stacey (#148) you will be getting some books on Wednesday. Both of my girls are musical, so the piano books struck me – you needed them. Enjoy!

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  403. #391 Jessica, walkie talkies (dec 29) and Legos (Dec 17).

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  404. This year, I will swallow my pride and ask for help. I have three little girls: Menolly whom is 6, Cordelia whom is 4, and Adira whom is 3. I will be spending all the rest of my evenings before solstice making them warm quilts for their beds because I am a crafter and seamstress but I do not have the wherewithal to get them gifts such as toys or new coloring books or even socks so I listed those things for them. Thank you to this wonderful group of people for any help.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3RKZJA8BQHWEN/ref=cm_wl_upd_nojs_succ_ei?ie=UTF8&filter=all&page=1&reveal=unpurchased&sort=rank

    (Goldie Blocks and the Spinning Machine on the way to you! ~ Jenny)

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  405. Jessica (#305), Heather (#309) and Samantha (#319) – a few things are on their way to you. Happy holidays! And Jenny, thank you for creating a space where I’m not afraid to read the comments.

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  406. I’ve bought items off lists in the past for the “great Christmas Miracle” and will do some again this year.

    I have a great friend in the US, she & her husband that have 3 terrific kids that have never had much but love/food and shelter in their lives. Life seems to keep kicking them in the teeth with medical expenses, medical leave from job, car trouble, rent etc. I would really like to give them hope and some joy this Christmas. I sent them a few things to open but thought I’d see if anyone else could help. She’d NEVER ask anyone for anything and has gone without so her kids don’t have to.

    I’d really like the kids to have a great morning. I put together a few small items for each child, if someone could help it would be so appreciated.

    Karly 5 years
    http://www.amazon.com/registry/giftlist/1JMA16D3S4PDR

    Clarke 9 years
    http://www.amazon.com/registry/giftlist/3O4A3C7ZK97NR

    Rita 11 years
    http://www.amazon.com/registry/giftlist/2RQF5EQWXY16Y

    Happy Holidays to all of you helping, reading or asking — the Christmas Miracle is real.

    (A movie and a doll on their way! ~ Jenny)

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  407. Hello, I am a single mom of a little angel with Down Syndrome. The father hasn’t been in the picture at all and doesn’t help. She turned a year old in November. Due to all of her appointments with doctors and therapy and being on oxygen and only being able to eat through a Gtube it is very hard for me to work. She also had open heart surgery at 4 months and two other heart surgeries for a vascular ring. She is an amazing litle girl and my whole life. I did create a list but anything at all is appreciated. I did put a car seat on there and if that is too expensive I understand. I chose one of the cheapest ones. She is growing out of her infant seat and needs a new rear facing seat. I was given a seat but it isn’t rear facing and that is what she is supposed to be in. I didn’t choose many clothes because they seem so expensive on Amazon. She does wear 12-18 months. I know diapers and wipes aren’t a gift for a one year old like a toy but they sure would help me out. I have never done anything like this before and don’t want to seem greedy or picky because I am not. Even just prayers for my baby girl to continue getting healthier are much appreciated. I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of holidays. Thank you!

    (Baby clothes and pacifiers on their way! ~ Jenny)

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  408. Mary #16, sending you holiday blessings.

    Missicat, I think I remember you from last year’s St JG extravaganza? PLEASE don’t go anywhere, the world would be so much smaller and sadder without you.

    I learned a LOT about myself and other people via St JG last year. Thank you, Jenny, for continuing to support this.

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  409. Ed Matteson #118 – you need to add a shipping address!

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  410. Thank you for this lovely post, My name is Tom and I have one daughter along with three step-kids. I need help getting gifts for my daughter and two of my step-kids.

    Two years ago I suffered a stroke at the age of thirty-three, it was unexpected and they aren’t 100% sure why it happened all they know is my heart hasn’t improved since the stroke. When I suffered the stroke I was going up a flight of stairs and ended up rolling down them during the stroke, I had a hole in my elbow a few cuts and a gash. My wounds healed, my memory became clear again as did my speech (I knew what words I wanted to say but they weren’t coming out correctly or I couldn’t remember a word I wanted to use). My heart didn’t recover it was left enlarged and with a low infraction rate. I’ve had three different operations, the first was to implant a pace maker but it wasn’t placed right so I had to go back into to be opened back up to move it. The third was to place a better pace maker and put it under the muscle instead of above the muscle, it was a more painful experience than the other two. I’ve been to the ER numerous times, I constantly have to visit the doctor and have been placed on the transplant waiting list. Things have really changed, I can’t go on long walks or do sports and related activities anymore because I get winded easily or my blood pressure drops so low I have to rest before I can get up again. I get depressed due to not being able to do anything and also from my medication, before my stroke I worked a lot and was always busy doing something now I feel like I’ve been knocked back down to the ground and have to learn how to re-live with all the restrictions I have to face. Once I receive a heart transplant if my name eventually makes it’s way up the list I hope it will help better how things are health wise.

    I’ve been trying to apply for disability but was denied, their reason being I am too young and ‘can still work’ my doctors say otherwise and I have recently been placed on the heart transplant list. I currently have a lawyer working on the case who thinks we will win and that my case has been handled wrong, I don’t have to pay her unless we win the case at which point she will receive 15% of what ever back pay they give me. I currently live with my girlfriend of five years, her disabled mother, her teenage son & daughter, along with my daughter when it is my weekend/school break.

    The kids didn’t ask for much this year because they know things are tight, My daughter is 8 things on her wishlist, my step-son has 8 and my step-daughter has 11. My daughter is eight years old and is a tom boy, my step-son is 18 and is start school to become a EMT because he wants to help save people, and my daughter is 16 she likes art, reading and movies.

    Wishlists for the kids:

    amzn.com/w/36W4NDYXDZ1A4

    amzn.com/w/R8Y572EJKYA5

    amzn.com/w/2AXN7UBFHBK3D

    We have a list of house/food needs as well:

    amzn.com/w/313F9R1MJKR3L

    I am sorry if I reply slowly I use a cell phone to surf the web. If you have questions you can email Crazy4porsche @ yahoo.com

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    Loving Cousin

    The link in my previous comment doesn’t appear to be working correctly so here it is again.

    http://smile.amazon.com/registry/giftlist/13EVT2IJ6BN4R

    (Sent a book and paints! ~ Jenny)

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  412. Raining sprinkles #388
    I’d like to get that hoodie for your girl but it isn’t available on Amazon. Could you email me so we can arrange? Not sure I could get it sent in time for Christmas but still🙂
    Tclosson@hotmail

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    Samantha Heinzl

    I’m a single mom who lost my job trying to make my two girls Christmas the best I can. Starting school soon to make a better life for my two girls. In need of a laptop diapers and wipes clothes and toys I made a list of an idea of the stuff that I could use please help anything is appreciated thank you http://amzn.com/w/LSLDI47I2CG3

    (Baby blankets and snow boots on their way to you! ~ Jenny)

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  414. #391 – Jessica, shirts and coats on their way. Merry Christmas!

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  415. My last day of working was Oct 4. I’ve been struggling to find a job but keep being told that they’re hiring for January. I had prepped the kids for the idea of not having a Christmas except for the youngest and that maybe we’d try to celebrate after I got a job. Then, Jenny posted this. My list is for the 4 youngest kiddos. The older 2 are in college (paying their own way thru) and they understand. We are very blessed to be happy and healthy and together. Here’s their list: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2SZWIZI5NZJ0I/ref=topnav_lists_1
    Thank you to anyone who’s reading this.🙂

    (Toys, hot chocolate and a book heading your way! ~ Jenny)

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  416. #291 Lisa – A computer component is on its way to your special boy, AJ. He sounds like a strong, smart young man.

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  417. My comment is #318 and it appears it didn’t post my son’s wish list (sorry; I’m new at this!). His name is Mason and he’s 8 years old.🙂

    https://amzn.com/w/3OH6OWTBP4K79

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  418. Amanda #235 – you need to add a shipping address.

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  419. I don’t know how you find the time to curate these requests, but I think it’s incredible that this is the sixth year. The spirit of James Garfield is strong in the tribe. I generally donate locally, but I sent some stuff to Cora.

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  420. Thank you so much to whoever purchased the first gift off of my girls list. I am in tears at the generosity and it means so much! Kristi #390

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  421. wow this is fun!! I was having a real problem getting into the spirit of the season but going around and adding gifts for great people…I starting to get that warm a fuzzy feeling…thanks Jenny

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    Deidra Whitley

    I was able to help out another single mother last year, and it was a wonderful feeling! I am hoping that someone will hear my plea this year and help.

    My 10 year old daughter does very well in school, has a vivid and creative imagination, and is so generous and kind-hearted. She loves helping me volunteer at our local food pantry and insists on donating her gently used stuffed animals and books to the children’s oncology center at MD Anderson. Every year until this one, we have gone together to pick out toys and clothes for foster children with the DePelchin Center in Houston. I was laid off in August and haven’t been able to find another job yet. Several of my bills are going unpaid, but we are otherwise surviving. Knowing that we are short on money, my daughter kept her Christmas list very short, and I was able to get her the books she wanted with the $30 that I had left in the budget this month.

    I took her to see Santa on Saturday (Yes, she is still a BELIEVER!) and noticed that she had a whispered secret conversation with him. After her picture was taken and she went to pick out a candy cane with the elves, I asked Santa what she had said to him. He told me that she said that she wants SANTA to know that she still wants an American Girl Doll for Christmas, because she knows that her mom would never be able to afford it and she didn’t feel right asking me for one.

    Needless to say, I’ve been a basket case. If there is a kind-hearted and generous soul like my darling daughter out there reading this, please know that if you are able to help this sweet girl experience the joy of the season this year, I will make absolutely sure that I “pay it forward” next year when I am able.

    https://amzn.com/w/17TZXBD12RYGP

    Thank you, and may the light of the season shine through you in all that you do.

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  423. My name is Jenn, I am not posting a wish list for myself, but a wish list for a family that I know is deserving and needs help this holiday season (they don’t even know I am doing this) They have had a very rough year, with many medical issues. Mom has actually been out of work since March and will be starting chemo soon, so they have only been living on Dad’s income, which has made it rough. When I spoke to her the other day she expressed how she hasn’t even bought anything yet and doesn’t know if she can. So I already sent their 4 year old son, Asher, some gifts, but I think it would be pretty cool if we could surprise them and help them make this the best Christmas ever for their son. They are so deserving, they are the people who are always first to help others and never ask for help themselves. So I hope you at least take a look and consider it. Thank you.

    http://www.amazon.com/registry/giftlist/2T2Y0Y1RIJVY7

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    Tricia Adams

    Hello, I asked for help last year, and this year I find myself in a worse situation. This year my ex husband walked out and left us with no car, food, or diapers. In this short year I was able to get back to school with the help of some amazing friends. The same friends that I met through year last year. They have been my tribe, my strength, my people.

    I just started working, and today I have received word that Jan 11th will be my last day here. Things are very tight as it is and now I have the added worry that I will only have 3 pay checks left, until I can find another job. My two littles have had the worst year and deserve a great Christmas. I’ve already told them that Santa will only be able to bring 1 or 2 things. I manged to get stocking stuffers but that is all. From Ruby, Ryker and myself we want to say thank you and Merry Christmas.
    http://amzn.com/w/6VLAHWNRWTR2

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  425. Thank you for doing this! I have been far from the Christmas spirit and giving back has improved my view.

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    Nicole Trimarco

    how do i leave a comment on this for Christams help instead of just a reply??? I am a mom of 7 My children are 19, 17, 13, 12, 10,,9 and 5. In Septembe my oldest son went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to the hospital Via ambulance. He had PVC which were fatal if he were to ignore it. They gave him an Open heart Surgery and a few days after that implanted a defibulator in as well It was a long month we were in the hospital. My hubby made a promise to him that he wouldnt leave until Nick was discharged and he is a man of his word. Im a stay at home Mom so i was running back and forth from the hospital to home to take care of the other kids. With all that being said we are behind on so much because Hubby didnt work and what we did have in savings for christmas we had to pay mortgage and the other important Bills. I just want my babies to have the Best Christmas ever they were so strong during all of this and i see my hubby stressing and it just breaks my heart because Christmas is right around the corner. I went to local churches, firehouse etc but we were to late and they had no funds left😦 This is a great group of people for wanting to help others in their time of need So thankful for people like you Like angels right here on earth❤ May God Bless you All!!!

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/RZZBQZWIZJVC/ref=cm_wl_list_o_2?

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  427. About 3 years ago my husband lost his job and we found ourselves losing our house. My third child just turned 18 and was moving out. So we packed it all up (3 stories/ 5 bedrooms) and moved 100 miles north tho the lake where my family vacationed. We downsized into a mobile home. I think my husband was mortified and I know our families were. My family saw pictures and came up right away to make sure I was ok living in the ‘shack’ that I bought. And it truly did look like a shack. Three years later we are still thriving. We live off of my income – which isn’t much as I work from home, because most days I can’t bring myself to go out. But I was lucky.to have the job that I do. It allowed us to be able to pick up and move! In 2014 my son had his first child, after my three older boys insisted they were NEVER having children after I had two more of my own! I’ve seen my grandson about 5 times since he was born he is a joy! Living here in the country in my small shack in the middle of nowhere had taught me a lot. We have learned to be much more humble, much more creative. I have an awesome neighbor. She is not proud and when she needs help she asks. There are times when I say to her ‘do you really think that will happen?’ she responds to me that you don’t have anything to lose by asking, everyone is entitled to say no. When I saw your post (I have been following since I listened to both of your books – you have already been a lifesaver to me this holiday season!) I decided I would ask. I am posting our wishlist. Every little bit helps especially when we want to travel back to the city to spend some holiday time with our families. I figure this way. My neighbor is right. you don’t have anything to lose by asking, so I will. Jenny. I can’t say it enough… you can’t imagine the slump you have already pulled me out of this year! And I can’t thank you enough just for that alone!
    Meredith
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/ref=cm_reg_rd-upd?ie=UTF8&id=G14S12QIIBF8&type=wishlist

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  428. Thanks Jenny!- I fixed the shipping address,
    Gina #167

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  429. Victoria #380 and Laura #393 – Thank you so much. So much. You’ve seriously just made my day…and Anthony’s, when he gets his mail. hug

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  430. @Laura Ann Swanson #119 – YES, OMG, so blessed. I honestly don’t know how I’d have made it through the last eight years without her.❤ to you and yours.

    @Trine Toft Schmidt #190 – thank you so much! She absolutely will love it, I promise.❤ to you and yours, too.

    @Taryn #249 – oh my word, bless you. ANY JEFFSTER FAN IS AN AUTOMATIC HOMIE OF OURS. Emailing as requested, and THANK YOU.❤ (Also I wanna meet your mom so I can brag about her kid and tell her thanks.❤ )

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    Michelle the Librarian

    I’m one of those “never ask for help” people, but this year has plonked down on me and made me its b*7ch. The last straw was the $1200 clutch replacement last month. My 9-yr-old daughter Cate would love to have any of these items: http://amzn.com/w/3TGP8OTCRN3Z2

    (Stuffed animal and book going to you now! ~ Jenny)

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  432. OH MY WORD I just saw your comment Jenny. You’ve made me cry today. I hope you’re pleased with yourself, missy.❤ Thank you so much – for doing the whole JGM awesomeness again and for your gift to my baby.

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  433. Irene (#259): some cat food is on it’s way. And Tom (#404) I’ve sent some toys for those two big dogs you have.

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  434. Kennef…. 2 boxes on the way, addressed to Gillian and gift wrapped

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  435. Kristi (#390) a couple of little things coming your way🙂 Blessings to you, and Merry Christmas! Xx

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  436. First of all Jenny you are AMAZING! Thank you for allowing this to be a safe place for those that need to be able to ask, and thank you for allowing those that are able to give a place to do so.
    So you can be on the lookout:
    Jess (Comment # 30) Eyeshadow will be there on 12/21
    Caroline (Comment # 41) MythBusters DVD will be there on 12/21
    Mom of 3 (Comment # 45) Butterfly Garden, Math Game and Captain Jake Game will be there on 12/16
    Amy (Comment # 57) Dress will be there 12/21
    Annonymous (Comment # 62) Shoppkins will be there 12/21
    Sarah (Comment # 64) Flower Art Kit will be there 12/23

    I hope to be able to do more later. Much love to everyone!

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  437. Tracy, thank you so much! You are truly a blessing to our family! Kristi #390

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  438. https://amzn.com/w/3KRGDOH81BGCC

    This is so wonderful. My three girls have been so strong these last three years as I struggled with pregnancy loss, health issues, and the unexpected death of my father who was my rock and my best friend. We just moved into his house and some of the initial expenses from moving just piled up on us. We don’t even have our tree up yet. This is such a wonderful idea, and thank you for being strong enough to keep sticking with it!

    (Doctor Who journal flying to you now! ~ Jenny)

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  439. Melissa@401: You should be getting a delivery sometime on Wednesday.

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  440. Deidra #383 sending your daughter her Santa wish. It should arrive on the 18th. My sweet daughter has a generous heart and loved her American Girl dolls,too. Merry Christmas to you & all of Jenny’s tribe.

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  441. Also, if I may post one more thing . . In the midst of so much anger and hatred in the world, I recently had the opportunity to be a small part of something beautiful. Two wonderful ladies are adopting a baby girl next month and I had the privilege of putting together a YouCaring page for them. If you will take a moment to read it, I think it will make you smile. Thank you.
    https://www.youcaring.com/penniesforlincoln

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    Grandma Kisses

    I would like to nominate my daughter for this she has two wonderful children who are 2 & 5 and really needs some help, she recently went through a very rough situation of leaving her fiancé who was becoming more and more abusive. Over the last year he has developed a drinking and drug problem, none of us including his mother have been able to get him to seek help, he used to be so sweet and kind but started becoming meaner and meaner as the months went on. Slowly he started smacking my daughter she stayed because she thought she could still help him kick the habit.

    Last month she got off work early and found him sleeping around on her, they got into a fight over it and he started beating her then tried to strangle her saying it was his right as a man to do as he pleased. She knew she had to leave so she grabbed what little she could and left, I myself do not have a lot of money I care for my teenage son and my elderly grandmother who is ill, thankfully myself, two family members and what my daughter had in her savings got her a small apartment the only problem now is the kids aren’t going to have Christmas because none of us can afford it, her and the kids need clothing and food, and her car is falling apart on her. Her world started falling down around her and I hate seeing my daughter and grandbabies like that. She needs new shoes, hers are leaving sores on her feet and she needs shirts for work, the kids can use clothing in general. They had to start over from nothing.

    Any help would be appreciate, I put together a walmart and amazon wishlist for them with things they need and can use. Both kids have Birthdays coming up so I put parties supplies on the lists as well. Any walmart or amazon gift cards donated will go toward clothing/food for the three of them. I would Love to surprise them with decorating their house and helping with some of the things they need.

    If anyone wants proof of her situation I have a number of photos from her attack that we took for court (custody/restraining order). You can email me at Grandmakisses3 AT yahoo DOT com if you want proof before helping.

    amzn.com/w/1XTDC7OG1BIU2

    walmart.com/lists/view-wish-list-items?id=8f3ad91b-b7c2-4bc1-8c18-09803ccffb14

    I made a wishlist for my son as well, all of my extra funds went towards putting a roof over my daughter and grandkids heads:

    amzn.com/w/N5T36J7WUNVD

    Thank you

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  443. #390 Kristi: Melissa & Doug lacing bead set is coming Wed. Dec. 16.

    #391 Jessica: WolVol big track train set is coming Wed. Dec. 16.
    🙂

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  444. I’m sorry, I screwed up my link earlier, and I was in a rush and didn’t really say what I wanted to say, and now I think I’ve kind of gotten lost in the hustle with that wrong link, so if you’ll allow me, I’ll just start over.

    Thank you so much for doing this again! Online communities constantly amaze me. I had so wanted to be a giver this year…and then things started falling apart. As if they weren’t bad enough last winter. Dishwasher, out. Oven, broken. Car, on last legs. Central a/c, not this summer. Dryer, door broken. Phones, service gone. Half a dozen pairs of headphones and a couple of keyboards, dead. And on and on… Then just last week, right as December started to turn cold, the heater blew. More on that in a minute.* My husband’s job, that was lacking to begin with, ended in August and he hasn’t found anything since. One of our dogs passed away (old age) and the other is injured. It’s just been that kind of year, ya know?

    I have 4 kids – A is a 17 yo girl, homeschools for medical reasons, and is into crafting. B is a 14 yo boy, in regular high school, who is big into pop culture. C is a 12 yo girl, homeschools because she can🙂 and is a talented artist who specializes in anime/manga style. E is a 7 yo boy, autistic, in public school, who is obsessed with dinosaurs and believes very strongly that Santa will bring him a video camera for some reason.🙂

    *I wouldn’t normally put something like the Fire TV stick on the list, but when the heater blew last week my husband plugged in a space heater to the same strip the DVR was plugged into, and fried it. All our shows were wiped, and since we’ve had to sell the Playstation and Apple TV, I don’t have anything to run Netflix and Hulu on the tv with. Since it’s pretty inexpensive, especially compared to the other options, I thought I’d put it there. But honestly, if it’s that or coats for the boys, they need the coats more.🙂

    Thanks, and again I’m sorry to have messed up the first time. I can’t even find myself on the list to tell you what comment to delete or ignore; I hope this is ok.

    http://amzn.com/w/23A1VIFCKDLX4

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  445. Jackie #302 – you need to add a shipping address

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  446. @Tricia Adams #413- I’m asking for help here too but I just wanted to say – and I hope this doesn’t sound creepy or weird – I love you, you’re stronger than you suspect, and hang in there, because it WILL get better. I’m sharing your list specifically with some friends who want to help. I just feel a certain sisterhood with any parent going through what I went through then and what you’re dealing with now. Lots of❤. Hold on, hon. Just keep holding on.

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  447. Hi All,

    We lost our 11 year old cousin this year to brain cancer which he had been battling for 4 years. As a way to cope with what will have to be a very difficult Christmas, the parents asked we perform random acts of kindness in his honor and mail them a letter explaining it so they can put in his stocking and read it on Christmas day. We have already bought pet supplies for a local shelter in his honor, but I wanted to do something for kids too, ones that were about the same age as Nick and liked the same types of toys.

    In Nick’s honor, #154 – you have six gifts on the way.

    XXOO
    Amy

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  448. Damnit Jenny, stop making me cry. Love you and all you do and the help this tribe has given us all. I am an English teacher and laughed when your first book said to thank your English teacher for giving you the book, because I have given it to many of my kids…and their parents. I donate to my kids at school, but will also be donating on here. Thanks for this. I remember the first Andrew Garfield Miracle and how holy shit we all were about it. Keep kicking ass Jenny and thanks for connecting us all and making us feel a little less alone.

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  449. Rowan is 18 months old on Christmas day. His papa is a teacher and I am a SAHM since we can’t afford daycare on a teacher’s salary and CNA wages. I am the main caregiver for my mother who is wheelchair bound. We live from paycheck to paycheck and are saving for a downpayment on a house when we have extra to set aside. We work very very hard, have no debt besides student loans and thought we’d forgo gifts since he’s little enough to not remember. It still made us sad.

    Rowan is a bright, happy little boy. We have a local library right down the street so plenty of access to books. He loves magnets and things that he can push and roll. He loves water and playing in a old rubbermaid bin I cut down to size as a little pool this last summer. He’s just learning about crayons and enthusiastically scribbles (he also tries to eat them hence the beeswax crayon selection).

    I am planning to go back to school for my RN license and am looking forward to being able to give back. We don’t expect anything but thought we’d put it out there🙂

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3FPPV0025G92U

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  450. Ahh!!! Yay! I was going to ask if this was happening this year, but I figured with the tour, you probably didn’t need people bugging you about more stuff. After last year, I saved my amazon points just for this. For now, Sarah (the cook book is coming your way, but it was on back order – eeee, hope it makes it on time); Voss (the hat – cuz I LOVE hats); Cora (tried to send a bunch of mis-mash stuff dolls/games/hygiene etc…); Erin (monster high doll and Dream racer); and Stephanie (books) – should all be heading your way in the next 2-3 days.

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  451. abczoomom @ 423 I sent your eldest some yarn and crochet hooks. They should arrive on Wednesday Dec 16. I have to encourage artistry when I can. I wish I could get you other children something… I don’t have much, myself, but sometimes giving is better than getting.

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    Holiday Cheer

    This time of year I really struggle with my depression because I feel forgotten or like someone’s last thought. I always tell myself that I’ll not let it get to me this year, depression is a lie, and that I (and others) have bigger problems. I suffer from some health issues that have been life changing the last couple years and it’s been really really difficult to adjust to. Despite my health issues I pushed myself to work a seasonal night job to make sure my wonderful children have a Christmas they deserve and I’m proud of that. I’ve had some set backs health wise from pushing myself to hard..so I’m not able to continue working. That’s been hard to deal with.. my body not being able to do what I need it to. I normally would never ask for anything for myself, but I’m struggling this year and could use some holiday cheer 😞

    I did add minecraft toys for my 4 boys who mean the world to me and I can’t think of myself without thinking of them first.

    https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3VFJAACEU9ZGS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ip_wl_o_T8VBwbC4DS4QR

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  453. I’m done. I can’t do any more or my husband will kill me!

    GREATFUL MOMMA #213 and Jenn #318, a little something coming your way!

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  454. missicat: hey hang on please. We need you here. You are one of us and we leave no one behind. Don’t give up on us..okay? Please.

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  455. Jsucevic, I also play flute and am wearing my flute necklace today, so I had to send that to your daughter!

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  456. @Tricia Adams #413 – please add a shipping address. I would love to send some things your way!

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    Tricia Adams

    @ Sherly Sick, Oh my goodness, thank you and much love to you sista🙂 It’s been a hard year with many ups and downs, and now more uncertainty lays ahead.

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  458. @sunfleur1 – Thank you so much!

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  459. This is making my heart sing.

    Some of the women here know what all has happened in 2015 for us, how horrible a year it has been for our whole family and this is amazing.

    A couple things have been purchased for my niblings already. I love you all.

    I have a metal rooster on my shelf that helps remind me to keep going, and keep laughing, when things get bad because of this here blog. I dusted him today because Manilow deserved it.

    Thanks again all. I’m keeping the link in my name just in case someone else can help the five kiddos.

    I need to get a picture of Manilow to share, also

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  460. Jeremy Impson, you are a true Saint! Thank you so much for the blanket for my Mom. Reading up through the comments, I see you pop up quite often w/ gifts for so many folks and it is inspiring!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!!

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  461. Thank you so much for making my kids Christmas great! http://amzn.com/w/LSLDI47I2CG3

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  462. I just saw you sent DVDs. Thank you, Jennie. You are amazing.

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  463. @leslie #403 to which one isnt there an address, please advise because I thought there was addresses on all of the kids lists.

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  464. And, now I feel stupid for misspelling, Jenny. I’m so sorry, my dear friend Jennie, spells her’s with the “ie” so that’s what comes out.

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  465. @leslie

    I checked and I have my address set on there, I am not sure how to fix the problem!

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  466. I just rechecked I have addresses on all of the kids lists. So I am confused. If you could advise on which list you were having an issue with I will look into it right away.🙂

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  467. Thank you so much for what you’re doing! I’d like to request for my three wonderful children Sophia – 5, Sierra – 12, and Blake – 13.
    They lost a grandparent this year and we followed that up with a brutal failed pregnancy a few months ago, from which I am still recovering. With me out of work there’s no money for gifts but they sure deserve the best. Sierra and Blake have been such a help lately while my husband struggles just to keep a roof over our heads and any help would be a godsend.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/DQZATMDKHK27/ref=topnav_lists_4
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1XFZE23DM75Q5/ref=topnav_lists_2
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/AS1U3XHGZBE0/ref=cm_wl_list_o_4

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  468. Jackie, click on list settings in the upper right corner, then make sure it is set to allow the address to be used. It’s a pain in the butt how Amazon does it.

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    Danie Honeybun

    I edited my list to include my shipping address!! Thanks for the head’s up!

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  470. GamerGirl79, THANK YOU!! My mom will be homebound most of the time now, so the slippers are the perfect thing for puttering around her new home. ❤

    To the always wonderful & lovely Jenny, I deleted the first wish list I posted b/c I did it as a shopping list by mistake. I wasn’t sure if that would work, so I made an actual wishlist and reposted it a little further down in the comments. (Somewhere around 250+, I think.) As of a few minutes ago, all but one item has been purchased. I am beyond grateful for the love being shown to my Mom. I am driving her to her new home in about an hour, and now that I know there will be gifts for her under the tree this year, I want to cry from sheer overwhelming joy and relief. THANK YOU for facilitating all of this!!!!!

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  471. Hi everyone,

    This is my first time writing in, but I feel like this might be worth asking for. I am a registered nurse that works for a foster care agency that specializes with high risk kids. The holidays are usually an extremely hard time of year for our kids, and many of them suffer from SAD. They don’t typically get to see their parents, and some of them aren’t even allowed contact with their families. Our psychiatrist is interested in trying out SAD lights for a few of the kids, but unfortunately this isn’t covered by Masshealth insurance. Our agency is struggling to contribute toward gifts for the kids, and these lights wouldn’t exactly be a “fun” Christmas present. But I really think they would be so helpful during this tough season. It would mean so much to me, and maybe make the toughest time of year for these kids a little easier. Thank you so much if you even consider this! I have purchased one with my own money, but can’t really afford much more than that….

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/X9SNLPUZ399B/ref=topnav_lists_1

    (I use the same light and it’s helpful. There isn’t a shipping address associated with that wish list though. Can you add one? Thanks! ~ Jenny)

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  472. @Jenn of comments #318 and #408 – the KerPlunk game is on the way for sweet Mason!

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    Grandma Kisses

    #422

    Thank you to the person who bought three things from my Grandbabies wishlist so they could have something under the tree things year, you are a blessing to two child and their mother who had to start from square one again. You’ve made this Grandma very happy and I can’t wait until their mother (my daughter) sees the Christmas surprise that her children will have at least a gift each under the tree, she doesn’t know I posted a request for her it is going to be a complete surprise with squeels of delight and tears of joy from both of us.

    She had gone to toys for tots but there registration had already closed so she has been pretty depressed about Christmas lately, and stressed because the kids both have birthday right after Christmas. This is going to bring the Christmas spirit and joy back into her world!

    Kids wishlist:
    amzn.com/w/1XTDC7OG1BIU2

    Clothing needs/Kids Christmas wishes:
    walmart.com/lists/view-wish-list-items?id=8f3ad91b-b7c2-4bc1-8c18-09803ccffb14

    I made a wishlist for my son as well, all of my extra funds went towards putting a roof over my daughter and grandkids heads:

    amzn.com/w/N5T36J7WUNVD

    -Grandma K❤

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  474. @ Tricia Adams #413, please add your shipping address to your wish list. I would love to send some things your way!

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  475. Thank you so much Amy, and whoever else. I was happy-crying into my coffee. We don’t have much family left and it always helps a lot to be reminded how great people can be. We really appreciate it and will be here to help someone next year.

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  476. http://smile.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/1AV9DJZT674Y7

    I’m so glad I looked at fb today, and saw this link before I got too exasperated by fb!
    I have 3 wonderfully kind and generous daughters. The first is in college (with hard-earned scholarships and work study) and actively involved in activism for social and climate justice, and has just gotten an opportunity to volunteer with rape counseling, all while maintaining high grades. The second is a high school senior, now in the college (and scholarship) application process. She is a voracious reader, artist, loves everything offbeat, especially Welcome to Night Vale and feminist themed comics. The “baby” is in 10th grade and not focused too far in the future yet. She dances, loves to sing, and she loves all the old TV shows (Red Skelton, I Love Lucy, etc.), as well as The Monkees and The Beatles.
    They are all vegetarian or vegan, socially conscious, involved in nearly every volunteer program they can be, and almost never ask for anything (especially when I am physically unable to work which has been since May this time). They tend to use gift cards and money that they receive (birthdays, etc.) to purchase gifts for each other, or even for school fees (without even telling us first).
    I made this list without them knowing. It is often hard to get them to make any requests.
    We are extremely fortunate to have been blessed with three of the least materialistic children I’ve ever encountered. They rarely complain and are grateful for all they have.
    Huge thanks to anyone who picks a gift for them. With these girls, I’m sure it will be paid forward many times.
    P.S. to Jenny
    I’m reading your book now (had to borrow from the library this time), and trying to balance devour/savor. I bought probably seven of the first one. Have given it to teachers, friends, family, my copy has traveled (by mail) to women’s prison and back. Currently, my 18 year old is sharing it with friends at school- they read it in their free time, but only when they won’t get in trouble for laughing.
    Thanks for everything, all of it…

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  477. Ed Mattison – all I know is when I went to check out, I got a list of my own addresses to choose from. I added items from all your lists and did (tried) one checkout. Maybe I need to buy separately, once from each list?

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  478. Amanda – comment 234 – some books are on their way to you🙂

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    Megan in Seattle

    Wow, Jenny: thank you for making this happen once again. A few of you will see some books, and someone’s getting a cat toy!

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  480. My brother and SIL are notoriously hard to buy for. Seriously.
    So one year I donated $10 and bought them part of a pig with Heifer.
    They were not thrilled. (Ungrateful heathens!)

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  481. Shoot; I don’t think my comment posted but I wanted to say how touched I am to see such generosity in this community, and so many others. I didn’t realize until I needed help how many ppl are actively choosing hope and love each and every day. I’ve always taught my kids to do for others whenever you can, and we have regularly donated our time and resources, but these past few years we haven’t been able to do as much to give back, at least not in a monetary sense.

    I am a single mom to five that works and is a full time student. I NEVER imagined that this is something that I could do without support from my ex (financial or otherwise) but here we are. I fail every day. and every day I try to do better. Today I am missing work and will miss class tonight because my two youngest have influenza. What a blessing to possibly be a part of this today when so many things are going wrong. So many thanks to all of you.

    I have a 15 year old daughter and sons that are 3,5,10 and 19. I didn’t put anything down for my oldest as he is an adult and I wasn’t sure how that went…? but he will have a nice Christmas as we all will. I added pjs for the kiddos as I always get them a new pair for Christmas eve, and a few toy items, and snacks for stockings. I was trying to hurry so maybe we could be included! We are all avid readers, as well🙂

    http://amzn.com/w/33I8C1L9XNYYN

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  482. Wow. That’s all I got. Wow. Speechless and teary. Wow. Your gift just keeps giving in wonderful and magical ways. Wow….

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  483. Thank you to the person who bought a pair of gloves for my boys. As I mentioned, I am a full time working, barely making ends meet mom to 3 sons. My 26 year old has autism, and it truly effects all of us. The Nintendo DS on the list is for him. He had a television, but it broke. I thought the DS would be something he can have that is portable for him, and he can self sooth by retreating into his room/bed and play with it or take it with him when he is out in the community or in the car. He loves Chuck E Cheese, so I added two games for him. I am so grateful for your help, as I am the only one who works in the house (other than the college boy who works part time at McDonalds). My youngest son just turned 23 and suffers from anxiety and depression. It is sometimes hard having to be the constant caregiver and cheerleader to everyone, and having your help means the world to me. Thank you.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/ref=nav_youraccount_wl?ie=UTF8&requiresSignIn=1

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  484. Thank you so much for the cat food! My kitty will be thrilled, and knowing I don’t have to worry about her is such a huge weight off my shoulders!

    I just remembered something that my daughter had asked for this year, some “outside slippers” – I’ve added them to the list.

    Again, any help we get to give our kids a happy Christmas, and any help with getting foods to feed us (a family of 6!) until I’m able to find a job, will be immensely appreciated.

    Gift List: https://amzn.com/w/3HF45UT2LUPBX
    Food List: https://amzn.com/w/2WDUFVX5FY49U

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  485. @leslie I am so not sure. I did however move the address to the address that I use when i buy things off of Amazon that has my full name on it. LOL I figured that i signed in on my FB account anyways so you all have my full name anyways. Maybe the new fix will fix it. Not sure. I surely apologize if it causes you anymore issues. This is connected to my facebook so feel free to contact me. ANd thank you again.

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  486. Ed Mattison and leslie: I just tried it using just one list and it worked fine. Try one list at at time, probably.

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  487. I’m blown away by the response already. As soon as I left the house, my rear bumper nearly got torn off (thanks blown coil springs!), so I’m not contributing as much myself as I had hoped, but I’m going to be sneaking around in other’s wishlists later anyway. I want to send a HUGE THANK YOU for everyone for being so kind. I have a bunch of kids who are now getting stuff. My boss nearly fainted, and I fell out of my chair, and nearly had to be revived with smelling salts. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I can’t thank you enough! Remember, if you are buying a book for anyone, use the 25OFFBOOK code!

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  488. This time of year I really struggle with my depression because I feel forgotten or like someone’s last thought. I always tell myself that I’ll not let it get to me this year, depression is a lie, and that I (and others) have bigger problems. I suffer from some health issues that have been life changing the last couple years and it’s been really really difficult to adjust to. Despite my health issues I pushed myself to work a seasonal night job to make sure my wonderful children have a Christmas they deserve and I’m proud of that. I’ve had some set backs health wise from pushing myself to hard..so I’m not able to continue working. That’s been hard to deal with.. my body not being able to do what I need it to. I normally would never ask for anything for myself, but I’m struggling this year and could use some holiday cheer 😞

    I did add minecraft toys for my 4 boys who mean the world to me and I can’t do anything without thinking of them as well.

    https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3VFJAACEU9ZGS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ip_wl_o_T8VBwbC4DS4QR

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  489. First and foremost, thank you to whoever bought Ana a book (I’m comment #388). You people are truly amazing and I feel so blessed and honored to be a part of such a kind community. I do these silly survey things for Amazon points and while I have little to none right now, I’m hopeful that in the next year I can use them to repay some of the kindness that you lovely people have shown to me and to the others posting their lists.

    Kindness goes such a long way.

    http://www.amazon.ca/registry/wishlist/15E448AI9SBGD

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  490. It just amazes me sometimes how the universe works. I have been sitting here all morning bawling because a surprise medical co-pay today just decimated my Xmas budget, and I didn’t know what I was going to do. Thank you so much for this, you all rock so hard.

    This wishlist is for Tommy, my awesome 11 year-old:
    https://amzn.com/w/53M35NKW8IPF

    (Zombie makeup kit headed your way! ~ Jenny)

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  491. I wasn’t able to type much earlier, so hopefully it’s ok if I do it now.

    I am embarrassed having to ask for help, but it’s much needed this year. I had a really rough pregnancy last year that put me on bed rest due to preeclampsia. It ended when my daughter was born two months premature and was in the hospital for an extended time. We relied on credit cards to get us through that time, due to lost work, travel and eating out since we weren’t home. Now because of that and our outrageous medical bills, plus the extra expenses of having a preemie, we are having to declare bankruptcy. On top of that, my mother in law had a stroke recently, and we are traveling a lot to help her.

    Without help we will be unable to do much of anything for my 3 year old and 11 month old daughters. I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and wish you a great Christmas!

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1XHRV87WPI384/ref=cm_wl_list_o_1?

    (Sing and Play farm and activity kit on the way! ~ Jenny)

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  492. It’s Jackie again. I had one small additional request for my family. We have no Christmas Tree this year, we usually get a real one but that is out of the question this year. It would be amazing if anyone would be kind enough to get us a tree. I found a really nice one on a great sale and put it on our Family list here. https://amzn.com/w/2VADZ9NI5WAZ5 Thank you again everyone for providing this opportunity to reach out and ask for help! ps If we don’t get a tree, it is not the end of the world. I almost didn’t post this because it feel frivolous to ask for when so many are in need.

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  493. Ed Mattison – all better. It worked this time. There is something on its way for each child. Merry Christmas!

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  494. Mommy Tofour #221 A couple books on the way for your kiddos.

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  495. Please help my girls have a great Christmas. God bless http://amzn.com/w/LSLDI47I2CG3

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  496. I just looked at my children’s lists and some things have already been purchased! Thank you from the bottom of my heart to whomever that was!!

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  497. Thank you Carrie8 #419 for the toys for the dogs! They are both my big furry babies so I appriciate that they are going to get a Christmas gift as well.

    This place is amazizng and has made me quite emotional reading through all of the comments because of how heart warming it is. I want to thank all of you who are helping everyone here like myself who have unexpectedly found themsselves in a tight spot.

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  498. @Gamergirl79 post 360; thank you so much for your kind words! I’ll be ok without ggifts (also live in the netherlands so higher postage and all), kids need them more. But thank you agai for being so kind and thoughtful❤

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  499. ive got 2 little girls to shop for, ages 7 and 9 and trying to get gifts for them this year (which i have not yet done) is VERY stressful as i am not sure how i am going to get the money to do so. here is a small list of items that i know they would like, or even amazon gift cards so they can pick out their own items. any help would be extremely helpful! https://amzn.com/w/ZLG5UYE868TP

    (Video game on the way to you! ~ Jenny)

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  500. Each year I think, I’ll be able to help, then the time comes and nope. I’ll be 59 next month. They said it’s against the law to not hire because of your age. I think my age matters. If after all is said and done, and others far worse have had their needs mer, if you have an extra audiobook of yours. I would love one. I won’t die without and would just wait until it comes out in paperback so no worries. I always say, it doesn’t hurt to ask.
    I would like to Thank You Jenny. There have been many, many times you saved me without even knowing it.

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  501. To Missicat,

    I’ve been exactly where you are & I know how horrible it feels, but please, please, please do not end your life. You matter.

    You matter.

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  502. Juleah #491 – Have some clay stuff & sketch box on the way! (the clay tools will be in Jan as they are on backorder). Hope this helps and Merry Christmas!

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  503. @leslie thank you so much-Eds wife it is truly appreciated. PS I will be posting pics of the kids opening any gifts bought for us by the Saint Elves and making them public on my husbands account for christmas for 48 hours if you would like to save his FB info to be able to see any loveliness you have gotten for our children. Im only leaving it open to the public for that time because you never know now a days you know, no one from here but I do not want someone coming acrossed our childrens pics later and being devious with them. Much love ❤

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  504. 506
    Tricia Adams

    Molly, I fixed it. Thank you for the heads up🙂

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  505. 507
    Donna Wallace

    #62 Anonymous…sent a few things to help out. Should be there this week.

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  506. This is amazing. I know there are so many people that need help and some worse than I so I understand if my list doesn’t catch anyone’s attention. I was let go from my job this past year and took a 50% pay cut. My fiancé has a used car lot that has been going downhill for several years and about to go under. Since he is self employed he has no insurance – one of the man reasons we are getting married after being together for 10 years. We have 6 kids between us who are great kids and don’t want for much really but I would love to be able to get them something they are really wishing for. I filed bankruptcy over medical bills a couple of years ago and can’t get any credit. Our home needs so many repairs but we just keep putting it off year after year. We are just struggling to pay the bills and have the necessities. I made a list with a couple of items for each of us – items that we could never in a million years get for ourselves most likely.

    Daughter – age 15 – Vans shoes and make up brushes
    Daughter – age 16 – make up and beauty blender
    Daughter – age 17 – make up and beauty blender
    Son – age 12 – socks and sweatshirt
    Son – age 14 – Jordan pants and socks
    Son – age 16 – Jordan pants
    Fiancé – tennis shoes—he never buys anything for himself and I have been wanting to get him a nice pair besides the $10 pairs he always gets at Walmart
    Myself – a friend has a Cricut machine and has offered to let me use it I just have to have my own supplies – I really wanted to be able to make some homemade gifts this year such as t-shirts, ornaments, anything really but couldn’t afford the supplies even.

    I put down headphones for each of the kids because they are always losing theirs 

    God Bless you all

    (Sent makeups and brushes.🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  507. Oh my gosh! Your guys are so amazing. I never thought I’d cry over shoes and socks! Thank you so much. You’ve made me one very happy, super appreciative, Momma!

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  508. Irene #259 – Some goods are on their way to you. Merry Christmas!

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  509. I added a few dinosaur things for the older girl. She is five and loves dinosaurs.
    Their mother cried when I told her what is coming for her children for Christmas!
    Thank you all so much.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/giftlist/2GXIXSZZTM97B/ref=cm_go_nav_recip_gl

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  510. Missicat (#43) – please please call an assistance line!
    You are not a loser. Speaking harsh here: if you don’t begrudge your family their accomplishments, please don’t hurt them by hurting yourself. Hurting yourself will hurt them so badly, for the rest of their lives. And if by some fucked up chance they deserve to be hurt, then fuck them and live your best life despite them.

    Seek help, from professionals, from family, from friends, from strangers on the Internet: where are you? Maybe a member of the SJG tribe can help you, just by being there, helping you make a phone call, helping you go to appointments. If you are in Southern California, I will be your SJG support buddy; if not, there are Saints all across the country and around the world. People who won’t judge you and will be happy to give you emotional support to help you help yourself.
    If you are thinking of hurting yourself, you need professional help, not because you’re too fucked up for friends, but because you’re too important to be left to the abilities of well-meaning amateurs.

    you’ve made the first step: admitting that you’re desperate. Just saying it anonymously is huge. Now we need you to reach out to a person who can reach back and grab hold and steady you as you take the next step to get help. If you can’t open up to someone who knows you, there are lots of people who don’t know you, but want to help: they are in this comments section and they are at the other end of an 800 phone call. If you need someone to sit beside you to call the 800, there is someone who will do that for you.

    Please get help, you deserve it. You’re a member of this tribe and we can’t get along without you.

    Please let us hear more from you. ❤️🐗

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  511. Like others, it’s been a really rough year for me. Lost a steady job due to health issues, and have only been able to find part-time work since July. I’ve been able to make rent just barely, but I’m behind on other bills and have lost about 35 lbs. due to ongoing anxiety, etc.

    Mostly, I’m disappointed about not being able to do Christmas for my nephews like I usually do. They’re 9 and 6, and because they love learning so much, I usually get them Christmas presents to go along with what I know their homeschool studies are going to be on in the spring. In this case, I’ve added items related to Impressionism, US History, and Biology to the list (plus some Star Wars, because what boys don’t like that?):
    http://smile.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/24R4Y0S06OMDV

    And since people have mentioned that they wouldn’t mind blessing struggling adults, here’s my list of pantry staples and a few fun wishes of my own:
    http://smile.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/2KBQM4R5W679W

    (A few books on the way! ~ Jenny)

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    laurengowing

    @rainbowsparkles Ella Enchanted is on the way for your daughter! I hope she enjoys it.

    I wish I could afford to help more, but while I don’t have a ton of money, one thing I do have is lots of books. I read a lot of YA novels (stemming from my love of Harry Potter) and for Christmas I’d love give the gift of reading. If anyone wants to email me if their kids are avid readers, I would love to send out some books to them. I have dystopian fiction, fantasy, romance. More books than any one person needs. I would love to give the gift of reading. My email is: laurengowing@hotmail.com

    Happy Holidays everyone!

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  513. I guess my link was not working… Comment 262.

    II am so blown away at the generosity of this tribe. It’s aweinspiring!

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/ls/ref=cm_sw_em_r_awwlog_EHYBwb85AH53M_wb?ie=UTF8&lid=1KI33UJX46KTV&ref_=cm_sw_em_r_awwlog_EHYBwb85AH53M_wb&ty=wishlist

    (I can open your wish list but it’s not attaching to a shipping address. ~ Jenny)

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  514. I can’t stop crying because of all this love!! It’s a low day but you guys and your loving kindness are bringing me out of it. Thank you Jenny, Head Love Warrior, and all of the rest of you!! Your truth-telling is gettin’ me right in the heart. I am grateful.

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  515. 517
    laurengowing

    Sorry I meant @rainingsprinkles (Comment 388) Wow I got that name wrong! It’s been a long day at the office!🙂 lol.

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  516. 518
    Nicole Ouellette

    Right off the bat, I am Canadian and a huge Bloggess fan, thank you so much Jenny for being that understanding voice in my head during my dark moments. Thank you for growing up to be a writer! I am a single mother of the most amazing 9 year old boy, and the daughter of a wonderful mother who is physically and fiscally dependant on me (we are waiting for approval for disability benefits – cross your fingers for me🙂. On top of being the sole income earner I am trying to do online classes to move ahead at work. It has made this year a tight one but I thought I was all good.

    You see he still believes in Santa and I am having a hard time. The boots that I got him second hand were supposed to see him through the winter but turns out they were just a bit too used and his feet are freezing. I had saved up for this robot dinosaur that he asked Santa for, got a pretty good sale price on it too! It may have to go back though to get boots but I really don’t want boots to be the only thing under the tree from Santa. If anyone is able to help it would save what is likely his last believing in magic year!
    http://www.amazon.ca/gp/registry/wishlist/2OAR8YJ9T0H3G/ref=topnav_lists_2
    The one named Albertan Member of the Unicorn Success Club
    Thank you so much everyone for being the most awesome tribe and making my world brighter! I don’t usually participate, more of a creepy silent stalker type but while I am here reaching out I really wanted to say thank you everyone for everything you didn’t even know you did.
    PS Missicat I know it hurts, there is love out there (not necessarily meaning the romantic kind) and you deserve love. Hold on because some day it will be brighter and you can use some energy to search out that love and it will help get you through these times. Depression Lies. I remind myself all the time.

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  517. Jenny – Thank you for being such a beautiful, bright light! You are clearly amazing. Look at all the amazing people who are drawn to you!! I donated locally this year:
    http://thecoffeeoasis.com/give/
    Just wanted to say thank you for some Christmas Spirit. God Bless James Garfield. Amen.

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  518. @missicat (43) Keep fighting the good fight; if not for yourself, do it for this amazing tribe of broken and magical people who have been there and are here to tell you that you that depression is a lying bastard and it gets better. When you continue fighting for your life, you give us the strength and courage to do the same. We need you. We want to see the magical gifts you have to share with the word. Thank you for sharing your struggle with us. We get it, and we’re here for you. Please call 1 (800) 273-8255 anytime you’re feeling like you just can’t keep going. There are some amazing people who are just a phone call away and they are there for you too.

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  519. @Tricia Adams – books, art supplies and clothing should be to you by the 19th. I hope this helps, Merry Christmas!

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  520. Our wish list is truly a wish list. We have our health, food on the table and a roof over our heads. My 9 year old son has started fixing bikes and going fishing with his grandfather, having his own tools and accessories would be a pleasant surprise. My 3 year old has decided that Paw Patrol and bathing are his favorite things. My 15 year old is a mostly typical teenager coupled with mental illness. She makes our lives hard but we still love her. The 9 month old baby girl can always use knee protection and non skid socks.
    Hi. Check out this list: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/1QYO6I0A155Q9/ref=cm_sw_r_an_wl_o_zJYBwbV5BYMVQ

    (Books, a shirt and bike stickers on the way! ~ Jenny)

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  521. This year has been so hard on my family. My son and daughter are such smart, talented teenagers and I just want them to have a nice Christmas. I feel horrible about being broke especially at the holidays. I had unexpected surgery with complications that required a second surgery which kept me in the hospital for a week then had to have a follow-up procedure. Between medical bills and not being able to work until recently, we’re so buried in debt right now. I’m looking forward to getting things back on track and paying this kindness forward next year. Thank you, Jenny, and everyone here who makes this such an outpouring of love and support. This is such a wonderful community! xoxoxo
    Here is the amazon wishlist for the kids: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2B6BT8WT3NU3L/ref=cm_wl_huc_view?sort=priority&view=null

    (Pajamas and slippers coming your way! ~ Jenny)

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  522. This is so awesome! I’ve never heard of Project Night Night, but I will definitely be donating. Thanks for giving awareness to such a wonderful organization. Hope you and everyone else involved in this wonderful internet family have an amazing holiday season!

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  523. @missicat (#43):

    Depression lies!! Do not listen to the lies. Here is the truth:
    You are one of us. You matter. You are needed. Please don’t leave.
    We need you.

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  524. This time last year I was in a very dark place. I am horrible at asking for help. But I did ask for help to feed my beloved cats and the response was humbling. In addition, I now have many wonderful SJG friends that are a blessing beyond belief.

    Unfortunately, I am not yet in a position to be the gifter, though it is coming. I doubt it will be surprising for me to say that I was diagnosed in January with severe, recurrent major depression. I lost my home in January and have been technically homeless since, though thanks to some incredible local friends, I’ve only been on the streets for a few weeks total. I am in a safe place now, doing much better thanks to ongoing therapy, and diligently sending out resumes so I can work, establish a new home, get my cats back, and rebuild.

    What I would like to ask for, if I may, is again for my cats. More specifically, they have been in a special shelter called Seer Farms in New Jersey. This is a shelter that is meant to help people in crisis by caring for their pets until they can come home again. I cannot tell you all how much it has meant to me to know that I can get my furbabies back. I have missed them so very much, but knowing that they were safe was priceless. And during the times when I wasn’t so sure that I was worth continuing to try, I knew they were. My cats are my family, they kept me going after my mom died, and when I was falling down the depression pit, they were there keeping me from free-falling.

    If any of you could, and feel so inclined, could you please make a donation to Seer Farms? They are currently in a fund-raising contest – https://www.crowdrise.com/onepawatatime – and their website is http://seerfarms.org/. I owe them more than I will ever be able to repay, although I will certainly to have them on a donation plan once I’m working. My name is Robyn, and my cats are Bear, Chloe, Clive, Shadow, Peri, Mischief, Muffin, and Munchkin. (They’re two family groups – the first four are siblings, the fifth is actually Mama Peri, and the last three are her daughters. Four were my mom’s, four were mine, and I put them all together after Mom died.)

    We all thank you with extreme gratitude. May you have a wonderful holiday and a happy new year!

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  525. Naomi (#450), a little something is on its way to your Rowan! I hope you and your other half get a bit of time to rest over the holidays and look after one another. If there’s something you would like for yourself please do add it to you list as I’d love to get you something too.

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  526. @abczoomom (445) Your Fire Stick will arrive in the next couple of days, and the coat for your 7 year-old will arrive Dec 18-23. Merry Christmas🙂

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  527. Naomi (#450), there is a little something on its way to your Rowan. I hope you and your other half get a chance to rest a bit over the holidays and can look after each other too. If there is something you would like for yourself, please do add it to you list as I’d love to send you something too – everyone should have something to open on Christmas Day!

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  528. abczoomom, Your Fire Stick will arrive in the next couple of days, and your 7 year-old’s coat will arrive Dec 18-23. Merry Christmas!

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    Becky Laforge

    We were immensely blessed last Christmas by the kind souls that make up Jenny’s Army of the James Garfield Miracle. The kindness and generosity displayed was awe inspiring and humbling to say the least. We are struggling a bit because my son Nathan lost his SSI in January of this year (my husband is a firefighter and makes “too much” money) and that loss of income has clobbered us. We are a family of six on one income. Nathan has 18 doctors so he is my job at the moment although I’m trying to find a job with part time mother’s hours. We just had to pay $1,800 on December 2nd for our property taxes and we just recently got denied for a personal loan to fund a new furnace. Our furnace is 27 years old and on it’s last leg. I have gotten a few small things for each kiddo but not much. We spent last Christmas in the hospital as Nathan underwent emergency surgery on his spine to remove a tumor that crushed his spinal cord and left a permanent spinal cord injury. I am hoping this Christmas will be better. (Nathan went on to spend six weeks in the hospital. Nathan is my oldest of four children and a survivor of Infantile Leukemia, an unrelated bone marrow transplant and open heart surgery just to name a few.) I feel ashamed posting this as I had planned to try and figure it out but I will post for the sake of the kids. Thank you for listening and Merry Christmas!!

    Nathan – age 13
    Link: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/2SKB2TUJGOJL0

    Julia – age 12
    Link: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/309KPBZ6DOVQA

    Madelyn – age 9
    Link: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/1UQUAFG3EXPHF

    Noah – age 6
    Link: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/1K179WG9C83ER

    (3 books, jenga and a stuffed animal headed your way! ~ Jenny)

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  530. 532
    Grandma Kisses

    I am posting her for my Grandbabies who recently had to completely restart over with their mom after leaving their abusive fathers house. Any help with toys or clothing for them for Christmas would be greatly appreciated they are in dire need of clothes.

    Kids wishlist:
    amzn.com/w/1XTDC7OG1BIU2

    Clothing needs/Kids Christmas wishes:
    walmart.com/lists/view-wish-list-items?id=8f3ad91b-b7c2-4bc1-8c18-09803ccffb14

    I made a wishlist for my son as well, all of my extra funds went towards putting a roof over my daughter and grandkids heads:

    amzn.com/w/N5T36J7WUNVD

    -Grandma K❤

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  531. Missikat (#43) your name is this close to being Merrikat who is one of my favorite characters of all time which means that you, too are a magical, wonderful person just by existing. My son left too soon so please don’t go. I love you and I want you to stay. You’re home with us.

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  532. it was too hard to pick from all the amazon lists, so i made a donation to Project Night Night. It’s a James Garfield miracle!

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  533. 535
    Harper Elliiott

    Hello, I am a single mom of a little angel with Down Syndrome. The father hasn’t been in the picture at all and doesn’t help. She turned a year old in November. Due to all of her appointments with doctors and therapy and being on oxygen and only being able to eat through a Gtube it is very hard for me to work. She also had open heart surgery at 4 months and two other heart surgeries for a vascular ring. She is an amazing litle girl and my whole life. I did create a list but anything at all is appreciated. I did put a car seat on there and if that is too expensive I understand. I chose one of the cheapest ones. She is growing out of her infant seat and needs a new rear facing seat. I was given a seat but it isn’t rear facing and that is what she is supposed to be in. I didn’t choose many clothes because they seem so expensive on Amazon. She does wear 12-18 months. I know diapers and wipes aren’t a gift for a one year old like a toy but they sure would help me out. I have never done anything like this before and don’t want to seem greedy or picky because I am not. Even just prayers for my baby girl to continue getting healthier are much appreciated. I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of holidays. Thank you!

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1QZZ20YDU8IF7/ref=cm_sw_em_r_wsg_UZWBwb1M12P98_wb

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  534. I am completely overwhelmed. Within just a couple of hours of asking, several things were purchased for my sweet nephews! New underwear, sweatshirts, pajamas, and a couple of toys that they will love. This is such a lovely thing you are doing. I bought a book for a child from one of the lists as well. THIS IS BEAUTIFUL. This kind of generosity to strangers is magic. Thank you so much you gorgeous souls. Thank you Jenny for being being who you are. Love to all of you.

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    Christina Moore

    This is amazing. I know there are so many people that need help and some worse than I so I understand if my list doesn’t catch anyone’s attention. I was let go from my job this past year and took a 50% pay cut. My fiancé has a used car lot that has been going downhill for several years and about to go under. Since he is self employed he has no insurance – one of the man reasons we are getting married after being together for 10 years. We have 6 kids between us who are great kids and don’t want for much really but I would love to be able to get them something they are really wishing for. I filed bankruptcy over medical bills a couple of years ago and can’t get any credit. Our home needs so many repairs but we just keep putting it off year after year. We are just struggling to pay the bills and have the necessities. I made a list with a couple of items for each of us – items that we could never in a million years get for ourselves most likely.

    Daughter – age 15 – Vans shoes and make up brushes
    Daughter – age 16 – make up and beauty blender
    Daughter – age 17 – make up and beauty blender
    Son – age 12 – socks and sweatshirt
    Son – age 14 – Jordan pants and socks
    Son – age 16 – Jordan pants
    Fiancé – tennis shoes—he never buys anything for himself and I have been wanting to get him a nice pair besides the $10 pairs he always gets at Walmart
    Myself – a friend has a Cricut machine and has offered to let me use it I just have to have my own supplies – I really wanted to be able to make some homemade gifts this year such as t-shirts, ornaments, anything really but couldn’t afford the supplies even.

    I put down headphones for each of the kids because they are always losing theirs 

    God Bless you all

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/38KVFJGUWA4GD/ref=topnav_lists_1

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  536. I don’t have the money to donate this year, but I am also blessed enough that I don’t need any donations. This is such a cool thing🙂 But my anxiety has one worry. What if someone on this list doesn’t get anything and others get a lot? Is there a way to make sure? Because if I find ten extra bucks maybe someone has something cheap on their list… But I’m so worried about the question of whether or not everyone will get the help they need! Wow, I need to go take a xanax. Thank you for doing this. Thank you for inspiring us all to be better and to reach out! And thanks for teaching me always that depression lies🙂

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  537. @Michelle #504 OMG,thank you so much!!

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  538. @Lorie Oh my gosh, the 5-year-old is going to be SO SO excited! He draws train tracks all the time, and having the real thing is going to be so special. Thank you!

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  539. Heidi G and Raining Sprinkles, packages are on their way to you and are supposed to arrive by Dec 22. Hugs from a fellow Canadian!

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  540. Wait until Marie hears how y’all saved Christmas! And you did save Christmas. You’re going to drive her to curse which may or may not be the goal for a proper young lady of today’s age. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and by default hers too.❤

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  541. Hi Jenny. I don’t get paid till the end of the week but I will check back in and see if I can send something late. Thanks for all that you do.

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  542. I look forward to this post every year and I was starting to worry it wouldn’t come around this year as Jenny’s been so busy traveling. My family is very lucky and I love being able to share it. I lurk here year round, but love knowing each and everyone of you exists. Anyone who is struggling this year, financially or emotionally, reach out, let us help. It helps some of us more than you know to do so.

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  543. I would like to see if maybe I can get something’s for my neighbor. She is a single mother of two boys. I had her to make a wishlist. If this not okay please let me know. Thank you for such a wonderful place.

    Their wishlist is all together.
    http://amzn.com/w/1H2PJS914Q91

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  544. suzanne in post 500- a little something on the way for your girls.

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  545. Merry Christmas Molly =) (Comment 237) Sent a Vtech phone and Makeup Brushes – from Samantha in Canada

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  546. @anonymous (528) Thank you so much!!! I don’t know whether I’m happier for the coat or the fire tv. Lol

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  547. My 13-year-old daughter (who has Down syndrome) has taught me a thing or two about giving back: this is the second year she’s saved her money and sponsored Christmas gifts for local homeless teens. She’s saved enough to sponsor 3 teens! In honor of her thoughtfulness, I’ve ordered gifts for a couple of the folks who have posted here. Jenny, thanks for giving us a way to keep this beautiful holiday spirit going.

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  548. Harper Elliot- a few things heading your way! one won’t get there until the 23rd though!

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  549. I have a 9 year old son who is artistic all he wants for Christmas is an Xbox but I can’t afford it. Can someone help with a Christmas miracle https://amzn.com/w/1N8ENJO28IUZ1

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  550. 552
    Stacey Castle

    I think this is a wonderful thing you’re doing. A friend passed this site onto me and I would like to ask a favor…
    My sister and her family (husband and 4 kids) all moved from Detroit, MI to Ruskin, Florida a little over a year ago. They got married in May and a month later he lost his job. With 4 kids (16, 14, 2.5, and 1 years old) they don’t know how they’re going to do Christmas. He’s working 2 jobs right now to try to make up for the 1 that he lost PLUS he’s doing odd jobs on the side. Times are VERY rough for them right now. I was wondering how I go about getting them some help.. Anything would be appreciated… even a card with words of encouragement would do a world of good for their spirits at this point. If someone can point me in the right direction… I would be ever so thankful. I don’t know what the boys NEED so I haven’t gone to Amazon.. should I just have her make a list?
    Thanks for any help you can give me… Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    (Have her make a list, attach it to her shipping address and then post it here. 🙂 ~ Jenny)

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  551. 553
    GlochidiaGirl

    Samantha at #496 gifts are on their way.

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  552. http://smile.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/2WAKSFGCAX2RP

    (Sensory vibrating pillow on it’s way! ~ Jenny)

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  553. My friend Jenn told me about this. I’m a single mom of two boys, ages 6 and 6 months. Jayden is my oldest and Jude is the baby. Their dad is currently incarcerated. I’ve been struggling a lot this year, paying bills and making sure we have food on the table and clothing on our backs. I’m including their wish lists in hopes some generous person(s) will help us in our time of need, as I have done in the past. (And will absolutely do in the future.) I can’t wait to pay it forward once I’m back on my feet! Thank you!

    Jayden: http://amzn.com/w/1UZNALTNF5L40

    Jude: http://amzn.com/w/1S1RVC80AY2NI

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  554. Harper (#408), diapers and a couple of toys heading your way! I have a teenager with Down syndrome, and I see that you’re in Indiana. I know a number of fellow DS parents in Indiana and would love to connect you with them! Email me at director@dsasc.org if you’d like an introduction! Much love to you and your sweet little one.❤

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  555. My sister told me about this website. Thanks for thinking of this. I am just hoping for some things to make my girls’ lives easier when they play. I have toys for them, but I need to make adjustments to them so they can use them despite their challenges.

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  556. This is a wonderful and amazing place. I can already see so much being given out. This has me so awe struck. And beyond words.
    Hi my name is amanda. I actually have several lists. My husband works. But I am a stay at home mom. Had some health issues. If at all possible I would love to receive some help MERRY CHRISTMAS.. I am asking for help with gifts and necessities. For my mom dad son daughter and myself.

    Household :: http://amzn.com/w/2BPZ68NDAM7Q8
    My son :: http://amzn.com/w/CSE3194EJ2CG
    My daughter. http://amzn.com/w/18A9JDSC7O0XA
    My hubby. http://amzn.com/w/X5UIU8OWFIOI
    Make up daughter and me. http://amzn.com/w/17LRLG5FQCE6
    My brother. http://amzn.com/w/36US7UBD4DYUI
    My dad. http://amzn.com/w/2186M650ICTQG
    My mom. http://amzn.com/w/31S7WOBJJ1XCS
    Myself. http://amzn.com/w/1R79SMSF8K7TV

    A little more about my family. I am the mother of two wonderful children. Had to have surgery on my wrist. Was not fun. http://imgur.com/SLXl8NR
    I had an abnormal ekg sound many heart doc trips later stress tests. Ecogram. Found I have a thicken heart muscle that just has to work a lil harder is all. Thank god. Now I have to see a stomach specialist. To see why I have chest pains and a hell of lot of heartburn.. I suffer from depression a lot. But life is good as it can be.

    My mom had a stroke back in May. Scared the hell out of me. I thought I had lost her.. but many doc trips and therapy later. She can use her right arm again.

    My 7 year old son is amazing. He is a gift from God. Loves animals games. Being out doors. Just being a boy lol

    My 17 year old daughter(where the hell did time go?) Is looking into college. Straight A’s.. Being a good ball. My dad and brother have been my rock while we took care of mom. Sorry to bore u lol. Just wanted to tell u some about my family.

    Thank you.

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  557. The generosity here is making me cry… You are all so wonderful.❤ I keep wishing I could give more. Merry Christmas and may everyone have a marvelous and exciting new year.

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  558. I just checked my list again and a few more items were purchased, I am in tears you guys! I can’t tell you all how much this means to us!

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  559. Harper Elliott #535- Car seat should arrive by the 17th.

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  560. Not exactly a wish lost, but a close friend of mine is in need of some help paying for legal help in regards to her creepy abusive ex, trying to hurt their kid. It’s a really messed up story and any little bit will help, if you’re feeling charitable!

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  561. #477 Rachael – Some goodies are on the way for your three powerful, progressive daughters. I hoped I guessed their interests correctly, so they each get something. They sound like amazing young women. You rock, mom!

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  562. 564
    Tricia Adams

    @Molly, Thank you so very very much!! Much love and Merry Christmas!!

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  563. @Jenny, Deanna, Anonymous and Kristen

    Thank you so much for getting things off the list, you guys have made me cry happy tears today. I had to be careful while at work, I almost yelped with joy and cubicles don’t muffle much sound. This really all just means the world to me.

    https://amzn.com/w/35B28A26AROMG

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  564. Trying to make it work, things are tough, money is short. Any gift would be appreciated for my 16 yr old daughter. Dad passed away from esophageal cancer 2 yrs ago, and we just can’t catch a break. She will love anything that is not a need.

    link: http://amzn.com/w/2GH6ASBLQ0W9S

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  565. I love this yearly event and have received much joy in the past as a “Santa,” albeit a small one…all right, an elf. This year I find myself posting instead, it’s been a doozy. Finally landed solo with my boys in a new state after we ended up out in the cold with the clothes on our backs…We’re settling in and regrouping. I know that they aren’t expecting anything under the tree (I did manage to find a tree, thank you Craigslist!) but I really want to give them some “wants.” I love reading through but won’t be able to check in much, thank you in advance. Can’t wait to get my elf on again next year:)
    Anyways, here are my guys’ lists, Happy Holidays!
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/EAX0AXFKGWKF/ref=cm_wl_list_o_0?

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  566. Thank you so much to whoever sent a gift. You are such a blessing! Kristie #492

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  567. We have what we need; A roof over our heads, our health and food on the table.

    Our wishlist is just that, a wishlist.

    My 9 year old son has started working on bikes and going fishing with his grandfather. There are some tools just for that for him to have his own.

    My 3 year old son has decided his favorite things are paw patrol and bathing. He also likes coloring.

    My 9 month old daughter can always use knee protection and non skid socks.

    My 15 year old daughter has typical teen angst and mental illness. Her mental illness makes it hard on the rest of us, but we still love her and would like to see a smile for Christmas.

    https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/1QYO6I0A155Q9/ref=cm_sw_r_an_wl_o_zJYBwbV5BYMVQ

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  568. April, 267, a gift for your son should be there Wed.

    285, Jennifer, I don’t see a wishlist for your daughter?

    My daughter has anxiety issues…..My former co-worker and I have tag teamed Jenny’s book, and I gave it to MY Jen as an audio book so she could SEE….it’s OK. Everyone needs help sometimes.

    This is the best tribe I’ve ever seen….

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  569. Ann Castle – Thank you! I’m crying, this is so amazing.

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  570. I sort of did this freakout spaz thing earlier today, after I said something on Twitter. This year I lost my long term writing contract- it was a huge mess, and my partner went to work overnights at Wal Mart. I have been grabbing little writing jobs here and there where I can- and, well, because he’s working overnights, usually means I am up at 3 am, then after the boys wake up, it’s back to it here and there when I can. There’s usually some sitting in the bathroom, doing the whole “breathe, jeez, breathe” thing, because, well, living in Saint Louis on that income- okay, well, we have some bills we’re still kind of dangling to catch up on. My 3 year old is obsessed with Christmas and I honestly didn’t know how I was going to do anything- at first, it was cool because he was into the tree, mostly and I had that, downstairs. Turns out, some rescue cats we fostered…claimed it. I didn’t know, until I went to take it out. Anyway- I’m babbling because I already did this once and got the error that you mentioned up there, freaked out, went, “Maybe it’s a sign or something, I don’t know, what if people think I’m super weird or something?!” and then…anyway, thank you. Serious, from the bottom of my awkward and spazzy little heart, thank you.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3OXC42CWWY98H/ref=cm_wl_list_o_0?

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  571. This is a wish list my son made. He is 7 and just the light of my life. Unfortunately, my job has drastically cut my hours and Christmas this year is just a tree and some pretty lights. I explained to my son that I simply don’t have the money for Christmas this year and he said that it would be okay with him if Santa visited other children who had less than we did. He is a sweetheart and his selflessness amazes me sometimes. It would be nice to have one or two things under the tree this year, But I understand if it’s to late in the season for it.

    Thank you all the same for doing this amazing thing. You are wonderful.

    http://smile.amazon.com/registry/giftlist/26FMLON15WS3Q

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  572. Shan #397 – I don’t believe you have an address on your wishlist

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  573. Harper, #535, you’ll have a box on Wed in honor of my friend Mary’s lil grandson with Downs…..

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    Mommy Tofour

    A huge thank you to whoever sent my children the books and gift card. It will be wonderful for them each to have something under the tree to open. I never imagined that thy would each have something to open up.

    Hi. Check out this list: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/2BO35QXZV49ZW/ref=cm_sw_r_ip_wl_o_PzZBwbJ18K1XW

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  575. 577
    Harper Elliott

    Thank you so much Lisa from Harper! Merry Christmas

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  576. Caroline Pollock, a Dr. Who throw is on its way for Jeremiah.

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  577. 579
    Jessica Paulson

    I don’t know if this is against the rules or not, since this is supposed to be for kids, right, but I’m 17 and am desperate to give my mom a Christmas this year. We have been struggling quite a bit the last few years, having lost our home and job. She has been living with my brother and struggling to find work. She’s recently been re-employed, but we have no money to have a Christmas. She does so much for me and goes without so often, including allowing me to live with my Uncle so I can have wifi and focus on schoolwork (I go to school online since we had to move so frequently), that it just doesn’t seem possible to me. I can’t fathom how she manages to do it. My brother has also recently gotten sick and has been in and out of the hospital. He was diagnosed with a form of Schizophrenia. He’s tried to kill himself twice and she misses a lot of work to try to keep tabs on him. I’m always worried. Please do not feel compelled to help just because I shared my sob story with you. I understand that even when you can afford a Christmas there’s not much else to spare. I haven’t always been in this situation; we have been better off before. I have found it never gets easier. My mom and I went window shopping at Ross the other day and she was looking at hand creams and complaining of dry hands, which is why that one’s on the list. The deck of cards are to give her something to do with her clients (I can’t really tell you what her job is, it’s against the rules) and my brother during his hospital stays (they both were talking about wanting to find a nice deck to use), and she has always loved putting puzzles together. I tried not to ask for a lot or anything too extravagant. I try to be realistic. I’ll find a way to get her something no matter what, but if you can help I’d appreciate anything you can give. I love to give back when I can. And if you were really hoping to help a kid, you’d be granting my Christmas wish by helping me give back to someone who has already given me so much! Here’s the wishlist: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1V625MU7Y3SFB/ref=cm_wl_list_o_1?

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    Santa's Helper

    *Ed Matteson- LEGOS FOR EVERYONE!!!!! (except the baby)
    *Mommy Tofour- Legos, helicopter, magnets and doll wheelchair on their way.
    and Jenny, my 14 year old is debating whether to donate the change she has been saving all year to Heifer or Project Night Night – I’ll let you know what she decides.
    Motherfuckin’ festive indeed.

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  579. I wonder if Jenny knows how much her kindness spreads and what it means to others like me.

    I told my children that some angels are helping us have a Christmas and they couldn’t control their excitement. They asked if I had remembered myself – even as kids they still look out for their mom. They’re such excellent kids, and I really do wish to give them the best Christmas I can, gifts or no gifts.

    To anyone who has helped me, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Words can’t express how much I appreciate you.
    To anyone who still wishes to help, thank you for your consideration. I’m hoping we won’t be in this situation for long but for now we have to make do and that means putting aside pride and asking for help. Be it gifts or food to get us through, every little bit helps.

    Gift list: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3HF45UT2LUPBX
    Food list: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/2WDUFVX5FY49U

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  580. Thank you to Jenny! (I saw your edit in my post, you sneaky lady!) Thank you to the anonymous Santas who got some stuff off my lists!!

    I am going to repost my post from above since things are moving so quickly. I hope that is ok!

    I am Jackie, I’m a long time reader of your blog and was able to help out last year. Things have turned on for us this year and we are in need of help. My world as I knew it ended back in Feb. My husband confessed that he had been cheating on me for years and then walked out the door. He cleaned out our bank accounts and pretty much left us with nothing. I went from married for 20 years with a stable life and happy kids, to a newly single, in the process of divorcing mother of 3 not so happy these days kids. I am doing my best for them but we have had to virtually start all over. We had to move from the house they grew up in to a small apartment where they have to share bedrooms. They had to change schools and have had their lives completely uprooted. I was a stay at home mom when we were married and now I am working one job during the week and a side job weekends so they are adjusting to that too. I have really struggled this year to even pay the bills and put food on the table and could use some help give them a Christmas. I have never had to ask for help before and am a little embarrassed but I know that you guys are my TRIBE and so I have a lot less shame.

    My oldest has been such a huge help to me, she watches the younger 2 while I work and helps out around the house all the time. When she has free time, she usually spends it watching TV or online.
    She is 17 and her wishlist is here: http://amzn.com/w/2AXYECYWH4YKU

    My middle child is such a delight. She is a sweet caring girl who is at a very awkward age. She is pure sunshine who lights up the life of whoever meets her. She is an honor roll student and she collects monster high dolls and loves animals.
    She is 12 and her wishlist is here: http://amzn.com/w/3BXJOIDYEXMLN

    Last but not least is my tiniest little one. She is the sweetest little girl you could ever meet. Blonde hair and blue eyed angel. She is a bundle of energy and she is obsessed with Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
    She is 3 and her wishlist is here: http://amzn.com/w/2PXIOPFPWGO8R

    Our family list is here: http://amzn.com/w/2VADZ9NI5WAZ5 The only thing on it is a Christmas Tree.

    Thank you Jenny for doing this, thanks for being there for me to laugh and smile and cry with. Thank you to anyone who helps out my family! Merry Christmas!

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  581. C #556 &559 – A couple read-along books are on their way for your girls.

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  582. 584
    Mom of 7 Blessings

    What a lovely idea! We have 7 kids, two of whom we adopted a few weeks ago. This time of year is expensive and there are things we would like to get them but some unexpected expenses have gotten in the way (car accident and repairs, broken well pump that had to be replaced, and adoption lawyer fees). The kids will be happy with anything, but I know it would make Christmas more merry if we can give them some things they’re hoping for.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/ref=nav_youraccount_wl?ie=UTF8&requiresSignIn=1

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  583. Thanks for doing this. I’ve had fun buying a few children’s books from the assorted lists that have been posted. We’re in a more comfortable spot than we’re used to this year so it feels great to spread a little extra Christmas cheer. 🎅🏼🎅🏼🎅🏼

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  584. I don’t think my link has been working. Please help. Single mom just lost my job Link: http://amzn.com/w/LSLDI47I2CG3

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  585. No kids, so I don’t need anything but I’ll be on my own for the holidays. A little cheer would be nice.

    I’ll be looking for folks (especially Canadians) I can help out. Thanks, Jenny for gathering such a wonderful community.

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  586. Stuarru – Where in Canada do you live? My daughter and I are in the Vancouver area and will happily send you cheers and happy thoughts for the holidays.❤

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  587. I got through about 100 comments before I had to stop. It’s just so sad and happy at the same time and I can only handle so much today.

    Missicat – I’m sending squooshy hugs, if you want them. I know how it is to feel like the failure in the family. Of all the kids, I’m the one living on the kindness of a friend who doesn’t make me pay rent (or kick me out to the curb when I can’t for months on end). But I’m here to send you warm thoughts, and I’m better than I was last year, and we have the amazing people visiting the Bloggess who add to my wishes thousand-fold.

    {{{{{hugs}}}}}

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  588. Heather A @ #4: Is there any way that this Heather A. can help you out? Drop me a line at ammermuller (at) yahoo.com.

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  589. I am the single father of three teenage girls. This last year I have spent more time laid off then I have spent working. A friend of mine referred me here. Right now, we are struggling to keep the utilities on. There is no way we can afford Christmas at this point. I was already unable to purchase a birthday present For one Child last month. I made out a wish list for them, but i honestly don’t know what I’m doing when it comes to buying stuff for teenage girls. Anything would be appreciated just to have something for them to open on Christmas morning. Thank you.
    Link: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/1390TPBKIPYQ

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  590. There were 2 wishlists I clicked on and I have no idea who they belonged too because I was scrolling and lost who they were. So, someone will be getting some gifts, a few might show up after Christmas. Also donated 25$ to Project Night Night.

    I’ve been in a tight situation and know how stressful it is! Glad I’m in a good position to help others out (I’ve actually had to tear myself away from Go Fund Me a few times.) Merry Christmas, y’all!

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  591. Nicole Oullette from Canada please add your shipping address as I would live to buy your son his boats.

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  592. Samantha,
    I also have two year old twins and a five year old. Best of luck to your friend and I sent a book.

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  593. One of my clients asked what I wanted for Christmas. I asked for a Project Night Night Donation and sent him the link. While there I made my own donation. Now to check out some of the needs of the tribe. Missicat-know that you are loved and needed by this tribe!

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    Harper Elliott

    Oh my goodness Marissa I am in tears! Thank you soooo much!!! From Harper!

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  595. My friend can’t get on her computer to post her list, so she asked me to post it for her. So I am! She has two kids, a 9 year old little girl, and a 16 year old son. They’ve been struggling a lot the past year, and with a mountain of bills along with house and car repairs, Christmas has been pushed to the back burner. They are awesome people, and I wish I could do more for them in the way of presents, but alas, I too am broke. I can, however, post this.

    https://amzn.com/w/16FC3EW7DNKBW

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  596. Nicole Oulette from Canada I don’t think you have your address linked to your list. From one Canadian to another I know how important boots are

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  597. Hey, Jenny. Thank you for your books. They make my day when I read then re-read then re-re-read them. I was hoping one of your readers could help me out. My husband’s hours got cut at work and I just started a new job, so money is super-tight right now as we struggle to get our bills under control. Just a little help to get our 8 years old daughter a few books, her own DVD of “The Avengers” (she’s a serious Loki-lover!), and two of the Monster High dolls would do a lot to make her Christmas seriously magical.

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  598. Hi, I’m Sarah and I have 3 (mostly) delightful boys. The last few years have been hard, and we’ve struggled. We’ve experienced homelessness, and although we are now in a home holidays are… hard. A dear friend of ours gifted us a pre-lit tree and some decorations so the house wouldn’t feel so bare already, and we feel so blessed and touched. My mother recommended that we submit a list here, so I will take her advice, though it’s hard to ask for help.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/ref=cm_reg_rd-upd?ie=UTF8&id=17MZZ8WK5HYSO&type=wishlist
    Daimhin, 2
    Aiden, 5
    Gavin, 11
    I put a few items on the list for each child that I thought were good solid things that would last and be loved. Gavin is the Pokemon fan!

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  599. Comment #575 I have a seven year old boy as well. Look for a Mind Craft toy set and Angry Birds nerf coming your way! Merry Christmas!

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  600. Heather DB @ 309: Winter coat coming your way on December 17.🙂

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  601. Comment #575 I have a seven year old boy as well. Look for a Mind Craft toy set and Angry Birds nerf coming your way! Merry Christmas!

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  602. Anonemouse–A couple of books and the Minecraft 4 pack Hostile Mobs Set is on the way! Merry Christmas and God bless.

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  603. Thanks for posting this Jenny. I bought some random items for random folks! Hope they enjoy them!

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    Mom of 7 Blessings

    We have 7 children, two of whom we adopted a few weeks ago!
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/ref=nav_youraccount_wl?ie=UTF8&requiresSignIn=1

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  605. I would like to thank everyone who donated to the kiddos! I am overwhelmed at the generosity that is this amazing tribe I belong to. I would like to save up for a larger gift for the kids as a whole, but particularly for my son, Jonas who has sensory processing disorder. Jonas is sensory seeking and winter is rough for us. He is in first grade, and has actually been doing very well in school having self control thanks to us waking him early and going to climb on the jungle gym. I would like to purchaee a climber for our home so he can climb safely and we won’t have to travel to the park. We have a swing set that he does climb on but it isn’t meant to be and to be honest he has broken his arm twice in one year, so I’m trying to help him safely climb. Long story short, there is a climber for 150.00 on Amazon and it’s the best price around. If anyone would like to donate Amazon gift cards to offset some of the cost my email is Jennifer_mercurio109 @ yahoo dot com. I’m going to link the list so anyone interested can see what I’m talking about. Jenny, if this isn’t okay, I understand and you can feel free to delete!

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/ls/?ie=UTF8&lid=1DEJHNICMV5DT

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  606. Thank you for doing this again this year! I am a Secret Santa at heart and I love it. My family is all grown-ups and we decided several years ago to spend time together rather than giving each other things, but I love sending presents. I also like sending people Bees because bees are awesome and amazing, and they need all of our support.

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  607. Oh wow! I am sitting here in happy tears. Thank you all so much. My baby girl is going to have a wonderful Christmas!

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  608. I want to apologize. My computer went wonky. And it posted multiple times:(

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  609. Shawn, 593, your list does not come up. So either there’s a problem, or everything on it is purchased?

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  610. @kennefriggles (#32)
    I have some of the same issues as you, and it’s resulted in struggling to give my own daughter a decent holiday some years. This year, though, I have a little extra, and decided to share. I hope your daughter enjoys the gift!

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    lensaddiction

    Robyn I donated to Seer Farms for taking care of your cats – best of luck and hope you have your kitties home soon!

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  612. Someone bought a special toy for the 5-year-old, so if anyone wanted to get one for the 6-year-old boy that would be amazing. If not they can share, and of course that is just fine too🙂 Thank you so much! http://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/ref=nav_youraccount_wl?ie=UTF8&requiresSignIn=1

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  613. I have a young man with autism who would cherish a Nintendo DS and a game. He also likes WWE wrestling, Dr. Who and Chuck E. Cheese (anything to do with any of those). He desperately needs a winter coat (as does his brother) and a pair of winter gloves. This is a wonderful community, doing a beautiful thing. Their television broke this year, and Mom can’t afford a new one. Here is the link:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/PHW0SLXN2MH7/ref=topnav_lists_1

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  614. Okay, I think it’s the matter of my pride getting me right now, but I am asking for help. Today, when I was supposed to be going Christmas shopping, my lovely husband informed me that we would not have enough for Christmas.Today, he was shorted on his pay (The pay that I was going to use for shopping.) AND someone decided to take themselves shopping on our dime. I kept this page open for a moment, going back and forth,between asking for help and not asking for help. But here I am, with tears welling in my eyes, asking for help.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/giftlist/8MU3VYZIU9TB/

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  615. I work for a wonderful organization in KC (The HALO Foundation) that helps homeless, pregnant teens get off the streets,provides counseling and financial assistance, and helps break the cycle of poverty and lack of education. The girls in our program could use whatever support you are willing to give. Here is a link to their Anazon wish list. Thank you, Jenny, for keeping this great tradition going!

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/ls/ref=aw_wl_sr_res?ie=UTF8&lid=17CAXWIUJPZX6

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  616. ccthebrat #407 – You are such a great friend! A movie from Rita’s list is inbound!

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  617. Jessica, #581, your mother raised a great kid. I hope she enjoys her Christmas, because it’s all thanks to you.

    Leslie

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  618. EDIT: I FORGOT MY DAUGHTER’S AMAZON WISH LIST. I ALSO AMENDED IT TO CHANGE “THE AVENGERS” TO “CAPTAIN AMERICA” (she loves Steve Rogers too!) WHEN I FOUND OUT MY MOM WAS GETTING HER “THE AVENGERS.” I ADDED IT UNDER THE PARAGRAPH.
    Hey, Jenny. Thank you for your books. They make my day when I read then re-read then re-re-read them. I was hoping one of your readers could help me out. My husband’s hours got cut at work and I just started a new job, so money is super-tight right now as we struggle to get our bills under control. Just a little help to get our 8 years old daughter a few books, her own DVD of “The Avengers” (she’s a serious Loki-lover!), and two of the Monster High dolls would do a lot to make her Christmas seriously magical.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/giftlist/1NX54SC8JELV/ref=cm_gl_huc_view

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  619. Hey @Jessica Paulson, I went to purchase your items, but got a message that they were duplicates. Didn’t want to double up if someone else had already taken them off the list…usually if they were purchased they disappear. If something has gone wonky let me know! 🙂

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    Erica Hoskins

    It feels a little rough to be asking for help this year; in the past I’ve been able to lend a hand. But the kids could sure use new winter coats, even if they say it doesn’t get “that cold” in Texas. My sons are 6 and 14 (that one’s due for his growth spurt, God help us all) and my daughter is the Ultimate Teenager. My bookstore salary pays the bills but not much else. Blessed be Saint James Garfield.

    http://amzn.com/w/J0AQDSNIKX8T

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  621. Anonemouse, 573, Legos Minecraft is on its way and should be there by Wednesday. It’s not much, but I hope this helps brighten your Christmas a bit.

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  622. Anonemouse 573, Legos Minecraft is on its way and should be there Wednesday. It’s not much, but I hope it helps make Christmas a little merrier for you and your son.

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  623. I work for a wonderful organization in KC (The HALO Foundation) that is taking homeless, pregnant teens off the streets and setting them up with furnished apartments, counseling, and financial and medical support, to help break the cycle of poverty. These girls would be so grateful for any support you could provide. Here is a link to their Amazon wish list.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/ls/ref=cm_sw_su_w?ie=UTF8&lid=17CAXWIUJPZX6&ref_=cm_sw_su_w&ty=wishlist

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    jessica alexander

    Thank you, Jenny, from #377. I am happy to know that there will be some gifts under the tree! God bless you…

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    GamerGirl79