Eden Community Gives Back: the 2nd Christmas family has been adopted! (Please help us raise Eden Points for gift shopping 11/23 – 11/28!)

SexyTabby SexyTabby
Hello Eden Community,

I have adopted Eden's next Christmas Family and want to let you know a little bit about them and the local Christmas program. Christmas Caring 2010 is the program hosting families for sponsors in my area. They choose families of lower income levels and families receiving assistance from the Department of Social Services. Christmas Caring is geared mainly for the children of these families. They only require sponsors (like the Eden Community) to buy one present for every child in the given family. They are grateful for anything received and do allow the sponsors to determine what is purchased for the family members.

Our next Eden family is a large family of two adults and seven children that have been displaced... which basically means that this family is homeless…yes, really. The Department of Housing is helping them with accommodations but with such a large family placing them wasn't easy and they are living in tiny arrangements. They are expected to move into a five bedroom home next February. Until then, this large family are sharing close quarters even having the boys sleeping all together in a single twin size bed. I talked with the Mom and she is extremely thankful that the Eden Community was helping them. She's really nice and a bit sad with their circumstances but working hard and is hopeful for a better future.

The children in our new family consist of a 1yr old girl, a 2yr old girl, a 3yr old girl, a 3yr old boy, a 4yr old boy, a 6yr old boy and a 9yr old girl. Their wants are fairly basic things; baby doll stuff, build-a-bear, puzzles, blocks, books, monster trucks and the one wants a DS (that one is expensive- I’m not really sure if that is realistic but all of the children listed two choices) but honestly in general it's nothing overly outrageous. It's just the fact that there are so many of these kids. I also have their clothes sizes. Because the program doesn't cater to adults, there aren't any desires for the parents listed. The Mom said they really just want the kids to have a decent Christmas.

Christmas really is for the children. All children want to wake up with happy thrills, a Christmas tree, and a comfy home. All parents want to wake to see smiles on their children's faces knowing they are safe and happy. This family lost their comfy home, so I hope everyone will join with me in donating to these sweet kids. Together Eden can make the difference for this needy family.

I've also talked to my hubby about them and we are hoping to find bunk beds for the kids along with what the community is doing with Christmas presents. If we can find something, at least the kids can get a spot to sleep and that will be our present to the parents - one less concern and some peace of mind that the boys will be able to get a good nights rest.

I really want to thank Eden for everything they are doing to make it easy for us to help those less fortunate than ourselves. It is our caring and compassion that will change the world
11/23/2010
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ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Woot Woot. SO cool! Thanks Sexy Tabby for another great family to help!

Time to harvest some points.
11/23/2010
Selective Sensualist Selective Sensualist
Awesome! Thank you so much for doing this. That is so heartbreaking that this family has lost their home, but hopefully we can help the kiddos experience some Christmas magic (which will, in turn, give a spark of magic and joy to the parents to see the delight on their children's faces)!
11/23/2010
Carrie Ann Carrie Ann
Definitely time to start rackin' up some points!

Here's hoping this one is the biggest one yet! C'mon guys, tis the season. Let's be generous with those points!
11/23/2010
Victoria Victoria
SO exciting to see this program helping another family! THANK YOU to Sexy Tabby for being an ambassador and representative of this community!

Eden is starting this huge and very needy family out with $150 for gifts... but just as we’ve seen with our Thanksgiving drive and the first Christmas family, we can make it better as a community! Let's raise some points for the SEVEN kids and help them have wonderful holidays!

Anyone who would like to help can donate EdenPoints (which Eden will match 50 cents on the "dollar", meaning that if you donate 20.00 in EdenPoints, we will donate $10.00 in cash on your behalf. All you have to do is cash in your points and email me the amount and the code. (victoria@edenfantasys .com) It's that simple! To keep it timely, you must to have your donations in by the end of Sunday night (November 28th). We will tally all of the donations on Monday morning and cut the check so Sexy Tabby can go shopping for this big family soon! (Do not post your cashed-in points code here! You can post what amount you donated though. And we will be thanking everyone who gave, at the end of the tally - right here on this thread!)

We will be doing more of these threads in weeks to come, for 3 more families around the country for Christmas (for details, see the general giving back thread here)

Thank you to everyone!!!
11/23/2010
SexyTabby SexyTabby
You're welcome guys but seriously it's thanks to y'all for caring enough to help this family. I am glad we got this family because they need a lil TLC this Christmas. It's such a huge family I hope as many as possible help these guys.

I'm excited to go shopping for these guys. Hubby and I will head out this weekend to the local furniture stores and check prices with the local Amish about the bunk bed for the kids. Hopefully we'll find a decent sale with all the Black Friday madness.

Thank you all in advance for helping our next family
11/23/2010
SexyTabby SexyTabby
Bumps so the evening crew see we have a new family up needing some love
11/23/2010
Kindred Kindred
Fantastic work! Emailing my contribution now Thank you so much Sexy Tabby for doing this. You found a well-deserving family.
11/23/2010
Sammi Sammi
Thank you, SexyTabby! I hope everyone donates points to help!
11/23/2010
Chilipepper Chilipepper
SexyTabby, you're such a sweetheart! Thanks for giving us this family to help!
11/23/2010
Darling Jen Darling Jen
I'm so glad to see that those kids will wake up to a few toys on Xmas morning but I'm even more excited about them possibly getting another bed to sleep in. As great as those toys will be for a few days, not having to share your bed with 3 or 4 of your other siblings for the next year or more will really be more appreciated. No reason some more practical things can't be donated or bought too. Especially if they're gonna have a home to move into soon! Nothing more exciting than having a place to hang your hat, play with your kids, and comfortably (and safely) sleep at night.

And I wonder, do they have winter coats? I don't know where they live, but I know some areas of the country get awfully cold. And what about a Xmas ham? Yeah, I think I'm gonna donate a bit more this time because this family deserves it all!
11/23/2010
SexyTabby SexyTabby
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Originally posted by Darling Jen
I'm so glad to see that those kids will wake up to a few toys on Xmas morning but I'm even more excited about them possibly getting another bed to sleep in. As great as those toys will be for a few days, not having to share your bed with 3 or ... More
Yeah, not being on top of one another will do wonders for the kids dispositions too (tries to imagine having to sleep in the same bed with my siblings...ugh!) I know they need a lot more then what I listed things like dressers and stuff but I don't know if they have place to put anything. I saw a bunk bed with a dresser under it and thought it was cool but it was over 900 bucks without mattresses and that's way over budget. I'll be talking to Mom again before I set out to do the shopping so I'll ask about coats. We are in Maryland and have had a few cold nights but not too bad yet. I did think to ask about food and I guess with them working she was okay with that. They just can't survive, try to establish a new home environment and get gifts for the kids too. It's a struggle for them and I'm happy we all can help them out.

Thank you to everyone
11/23/2010
Darling Jen Darling Jen
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Originally posted by SexyTabby
Yeah, not being on top of one another will do wonders for the kids dispositions too (tries to imagine having to sleep in the same bed with my siblings...ugh!) I know they need a lot more then what I listed things like dressers and stuff but I ... More
Awwww. See, you've read my mind already. I'm so happy you found this family and are doing so much for this family. Everyone here at EF is behind you 100%! I already donated my points too and I'm spreading the word!
11/23/2010
Viktor Vysheslav Malkin Viktor Vysheslav Malkin
This is awesome news that we got another family and it sounds like they could use some cheer
11/23/2010
gone77 gone77
Yay! This makes me so so happy! Thank you for doing this, Sex Tabby!
11/24/2010
Victoria Victoria
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Originally posted by SexyTabby
Yeah, not being on top of one another will do wonders for the kids dispositions too (tries to imagine having to sleep in the same bed with my siblings...ugh!) I know they need a lot more then what I listed things like dressers and stuff but I ... More
I am sure you'll be like "nooo" - but bunk beds might be cheaper on Craigslist...or if you built them. We build stuff all the time and those are not that hard to make, and cheaper and sturdier too
11/24/2010
Emma (Girl With Fire) Emma (Girl With Fire)
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Originally posted by Victoria
I am sure you'll be like "nooo" - but bunk beds might be cheaper on Craigslist...or if you built them. We build stuff all the time and those are not that hard to make, and cheaper and sturdier too
Actually you are probably as likely or more likely to find bunkbeds on Kijiji.com. Some people get rid of things that are essentially new. At least they do around here, it's nuts.
11/24/2010
SexyTabby SexyTabby
Yeah I've been looking at some of the barely used ones online in the local area. Hoping to find something nice. Can't imagine making one though. Hubby could do it but just finding the time to do it. He has his full time job plus he's a commercial fishermen which means he has only til the end of the year to catch his quota. But we'll find one
11/24/2010
ShanShan83 ShanShan83
Im new how do I donate?
11/24/2010
Chilipepper Chilipepper
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Originally posted by ShanShan83
Im new how do I donate?
Just go to the upper left of your screen where it says 'Account', click on that, then select 'EdenPoints Program' from your lefthand Services menu, and it'll tell you how many points you have. Click 'convert to gift card' and you fill out however many points from your accumulated points you want to donate and click on 'generate giftcard' to produce the giftcard (you'll have to do another clicky to get to the number). You'll be given a giftcard code number that you can email to Victoria, just remember to state the points or dollar amount in the email and include your screen name.

It's a lot simpler than it sounds, honest.
11/24/2010
Rockin' Rockin'
Good luck! I know we can make a lot of the children's wishes come true. I'm going to get a few more points before sending some in this time around.
11/25/2010
macho99 macho99
Done! Merry Christmas everyone!

Feels great to give back!
11/26/2010
SexyTabby SexyTabby
Aww, thank you I really hope these guys have a happy Christmas. They deserve to smile
11/26/2010
Victoria Victoria
You guys have until Sunday night... (but dare I say, the donations are pretty good so far.. although, we definitely could use more!)
11/26/2010
SexyTabby SexyTabby
Bumping this...please donate and help this family
11/27/2010
Selective Sensualist Selective Sensualist
*Bump*

I'm waiting until Sunday so that I can earn as many points as possible to submit.
11/27/2010
SexyTabby SexyTabby
Bumps

*Just a reminder tomorrow night is the deadline for donating*


The search for a bunk bed may have ended. I go Monday to purchase a red one - I'll post a pic of it as long as it all goes well
11/27/2010
Darling Jen Darling Jen
And this deserves another bump! And SexyTabby, I can't wait to see it!
11/28/2010
SexyTabby SexyTabby
Another reminder to bump this. Tonight is the last night for donating please find it in your hearts to help this needy family
11/28/2010
SexyTabby SexyTabby
Bumps...and adds more points to turn in tonight
11/28/2010
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