#EdenGivesBack - Christmas 2012 - LoriandHubby Adopt a Family

Loriandhubby Loriandhubby
This time of year is often the most difficult for those who are the least fortunate in our communities. During this time of year children are bombarded commercials of the newest toys and with tales of Santa and gifts waiting underneath the tree. Children are filled with anticipation of Christmas morning. Unfortunately, when times are financially hard this time of year, parents are often filled with feelings of being defeater, depression, or desperation.

Thankfully, this time of year also brings out the best in people and stories of selfless acts to help those in need are abundant. There is nothing like the feeling of knowing that you brought a smile to a child’s face. Knowing that you gave a child the joy of waking up on Christmas morning to find that Santa did not forget their house this year cannot be fully described. Many times, those we help have no idea who helped them and the generous giver never gets to see the smiles. However, the feelings are none the less fulfilling and heartwarming.

Every year I have picked a family in my community to adopt for the holidays. This year is no different. Although my husband is unemployed and we have family members that we care for, we remain committed to helping again this year. Even if it is only a few gifts, we desire to do something to help a family. When I saw EdenFantasys’s Eden Gives Back Program I was excited at the possibility of teaming with Eden to help a family in need.

In our small mountain community nestled in the foothills of Virginia, it is not hard to find a family in need. The turning of the economy hit our area hard when the Factories in nearby town closed down. Now, most families find themselves struggling to find a new path. The family I picked to help is one of these families and this is their story.

If you were to drive by this mother walking to work, one cold morning, most people wouldn’t give her a second look. Even though most people in the community don’t know her name, in her small trailer park she is loving known as Momma. Momma is one of the numerous families shaken by the closing of the factories. Since her husband lost his job a few years ago, they have struggled to stay afloat and at times have even struggled to keep a roof over their children’s head. Dad works odd jobs when he can. Since they don’t have a car, Momma walks to work. She is happy to have finally found a house keeping job at a local hotel. They are one of the many poor families in our community, yet if you sit down and have a cup of her great coffee you would never know the struggles her family faces.

Momma’s whole family has an open feeling. If you ever stop by, their door is open and the coffee is hot and waiting. Within minutes of sitting down you feel right at home. Children are always buzzing around playing and neighbors often stop by. Some come by to chat. Some stop by to check on their children, who if they aren’t at home are sure to be at Momma’s. Others stop by because everyone knows if you need help Momma and her husband are the ones to turn to. Whether it is something that needs to be fixed or if you find yourself hungry, everyone knows they can count on Momma. Although this family struggles themselves, they are always ready willing to help anyone who finds themselves in need.

The Holidays are hard for this family, but they take it in stride. They know they can’t give their children the toys they dream of. Unfortunately, this is not the first year they have faced these tough choices. As painful as I can imagine it to be, Momma smiles as she shares her memories from last Christmas. “We don’t need fancy things to show our love. We don’t have to give the stores money to give each other gifts.” Momma glowed as she told me the stories of how they helped the children make gifts for each other. How they spent hours working on their special surprises. “Santa only brings one gift” she explains. It is clear that this family is full of love and not resentment over their situation. They seem to happily take it all in stride.

Momma and her family are a blessing to all those who know them. This season I hope give a bit of that blessing back. After I choose to adopt her family this year, I saw Stormy’s post about the wonderful Eden Gives Back program and their call for volunteers. I could not resist sharing Momma’s and the possibility of partnering with Eden to help them this Holiday Season. With us teaming up together I am sure the children will know Santa did not forget them this year.

This family has three children:

Boy 1 who is eight. He loves books and enjoys building things.

Boy 2 who is 6. He loves cars and trucks and dreams of the day he can have a bike.

Girl 1 who is 3. She loves soft back books and dolls.

The kids are like virtually all children. They love electronics and toys. They don’t have electronics or a video game console. They don’t even have bikes. It is my goal to buy them gifts, bikes, winter coats, and so much more.
11/27/2012
  • Save 60% on 3 item set
  • It's Better Than Real! Buy 1 Dildo Or Anal Toy And Get 1 FRE
  • Save 60% on 3 item set for him

    • Crystal Pussy
    • Beginner silicone p-spot massager
    • Eden vibrating ring
    Save 60% on this 3 item set

    Expires on Aug, 29 at 3pm ET Terms

  • Save 60% on 3 item set for her

    • Compact Mini G
    • Single Kegel Ball
    • Waterproof nubby rabbit
    Save 60% when buying in a set

    Expires on Aug, 29 at 3pm ET Terms

  • Save 60% on 3 item set for couples

    • Passionate wrists cuffs
    • Luxury fetish passionate eye mask
    • Eden 20 function remote bullet
    Save 60% on this 3 item set

    Expires on Aug, 29 at 8pm ET Terms

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
All promotions
Kindred Kindred
Thank you so much for doing this! The Eden Gives Back events make me the proudest to be a part of this community.
11/27/2012
Sammi Sammi
I think it's great that you volunteered, and it sounds like you've picked a family that will really benefit!
11/27/2012
Mamastoys Mamastoys
This is an awesome story!! We do the same thing with members of our church and/or community. Like you, hubby has retired and took a big pay cut but we are still so much more blessed than so many!! We have a family this year that the adults are raising their granddaughter (her parents are on drugs), their daughter just had a precious baby, and the man of the house is working two jobs. The adult female had to have surgery for a blood clot in her lung and back surgery and had complications. The daughter was working 2 jobs up until a week before she had the baby. The grand daughter is 9 and only asked for a comforter for her bed, one CD, and a set of clothes. How many 9 year olds ask for these things only!!??!! They all attend church faithfully and are involved as much as they can be. We have been buying Christmas for them for several weeks and that is the best part of our Christmas. Our kids are grown and are actually helping us make this Christmas happen for this family. Merry Christmas to you and your family for doing this!!!
11/27/2012
Loriandhubby Loriandhubby
Quote:
Originally posted by Mamastoys
This is an awesome story!! We do the same thing with members of our church and/or community. Like you, hubby has retired and took a big pay cut but we are still so much more blessed than so many!! We have a family this year that the adults are ... More
What a blessing you are for this family. their story brought me to tears. I am so happy that you are able to help them and that they have such a wonderful church family. HUGS HUGS HUGS
11/28/2012
Ansley Ansley
Thank you so much for volunteering Lori! I know you're going to make their holiday so much brighter this year and they'll remember it for the rest of their darling little lives! Truly, we are so blessed to have community members like you and others who give all that they can throughout the year!
11/29/2012
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
You have a way with words, Lori. This post made me cry!

I hope our donations enable you to do everything you're dreaming of for this family and then some!
12/04/2012
Loriandhubby Loriandhubby
Quote:
Originally posted by Carrie Ann
You have a way with words, Lori. This post made me cry!

I hope our donations enable you to do everything you're dreaming of for this family and then some!
HUGS HUGS HUGS
12/05/2012
Loriandhubby Loriandhubby
I was lucky enough to sell some of my slightly used toys to an Edenite.
Also, I sold one of my baby quilts.. I raised enough money to by some gifts...

three Furbies
one bike
and five other cool toys.. YIPEE>. i'm so excited. I know they are going to love it..
12/05/2012
travelnurse travelnurse
This is soo cool, I home you received a decent amount from the contributions.
12/05/2012
unfulfilled unfulfilled
You are an amazing woman Lori, thank you for what you are doing.
12/11/2012
unfulfilled unfulfilled
Quote:
Originally posted by Mamastoys
This is an awesome story!! We do the same thing with members of our church and/or community. Like you, hubby has retired and took a big pay cut but we are still so much more blessed than so many!! We have a family this year that the adults are ... More
You brought a tear to my eye with this.
12/11/2012
Loriandhubby Loriandhubby
I did a bit of shopping today. I found some amazing sales on barbi's at kamrt. yippee. i was able to get four sets for 11.00 each. it was over half off. gotta love sales..

i can't wait to go shopping again tomorrow.
12/12/2012
Loriandhubby Loriandhubby
I have finished up shopping for my family. The results of our joint effort are utterly amazing.. Thankfully we were able to find lots of great sales and some clearance toys. Here is a sneak peak at what all we were able to do for this family...

3 Bikes
3 winter coats
3 bed in a bag sets
2 Barbi's
4 Barbi sets
1 doodle bear
3 Furby
4 bayblades
2 baybled type toys
1 large shooter car
several action figures
several hot wheels cars
some sort of hamster robot thing
a home for the hamster
clothes and a blanket for the hamster
furby carrying cases
lg tub of kenetix
1 lg bag of toddler legos
1 baby doll
2 lego sets
6 action toys things, rather big they were on sale at 50%off.
home for some of the action toys
2 large action figures
2 transformers medium size
wooden block set
leap frog learner
kids key board
kids electric drums
3 kids bath sets
3 kids board games
soccer ball
basket ball
also several other small things for stocking suffers and wrapping paper

I'm sure i'm missing a few toys, we had two baskets filled up at Walmart today alone.

also Christmas would not be complete without some toys for mom and dad.
I put together an Eden tote bag full of toys, lube, wipes, massage oil, lingerie, and eden towels.

I forgot to take my camera along but.. I took the mother along with us, (so she could experience the joy of buying gifts for her children), she took a photo of all the gifts. I will post it asap.

Honestly, I can't believe the sales we found. It was truly a blessing to be able to find everything so cheap. We shopped clearance racks, Black Friday sales, and Cyber Monday sales with the hopes of stretching every last dollar to the max. I am amazed at how it all turned out.

With your help and support, these children are going to have the best Christmas ever. Mom thanks you from the bottom of her heart, she was overwhelmed when we sat out all the gifts for a photo and it brought tears of joy to her face.

Thank you all so very much for each and every point!!!! HUGS lori
12/13/2012
Ansley Ansley
Quote:
Originally posted by Loriandhubby
I have finished up shopping for my family. The results of our joint effort are utterly amazing.. Thankfully we were able to find lots of great sales and some clearance toys. Here is a sneak peak at what all we were able to do for this ... More
And tears of joy to mine...I'm overwhelmed. This is just too amazing.
12/20/2012
Loriandhubby Loriandhubby
Quote:
Originally posted by Ansley
And tears of joy to mine...I'm overwhelmed. This is just too amazing.
it truly is. of course i used some of my own money. but i got amazing deals. bikes for 25.00, or maybe it was 35.00, on line cyber monday sale. clearance rack coats and toys. it just all worked out so very perfect. it is sort of beyond belief.

thank you eden so much for helping me make an amazing christmas for this family.. HUGS
12/20/2012
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
Thanks so much, Lori, for taking this on. I'm so proud of all of you volunteers this year!
12/26/2012
Gracie Gracie
Thank you Lori!!! You did an amazing job with this!!! What loving and caring spirit you have!
01/02/2013
KissTheSkyBaby KissTheSkyBaby
This is my first time coming across this post and the introduction to the family alone had me choked up. You did an amazing job and such a wonderful thing for what sounds like an amazing family. People like you and Mamastoy and the other Eden volunteers really show what the holiday spirit is about. It makes me very proud to be a part of this website. I hope to be able to do what you do myself at some point. There is hope for humanity yet
01/02/2013
Total posts: 19
Unique posters: 10