Toys for Tots Information

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Holidays stress out low-income parents, but poverty is year-round

U-M researchers say that while the holidays tend to be more stressful for low-income parents as children ask for expensive toys, people who donate to charities need to recognize that poverty is not seasonal.

“We generally think of the holidays as a time for giving and make our donations out of empathy,” says Michael S. Spencer, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work. “For many working families in poverty, the feeling of not being able to adequately provide for their children is year-long.”

Long-term poverty can affect a child’s developmental outcome, such as emotional and behavioral problems, and academic success, he says.

“If we can take the focus off of expensive gifts at this time of year and reflect year-round about the circumstances that create and sustain poverty, we’ll be able to help many people in a meaningful way,” Spencer says.

During the last five years, Carol T. Mowbray, a professor in the School of Social Work, has conducted a National Institute of Mental Health-funded study of southeast Michigan mothers with serious mental illnesses. Nearly all were very pooroften due to the expenses and disability associated with their mental illnessesand found it difficult to meet their children’s needs.

In a random sample of 35 women diagnosed with depression, they were asked: “What would you say are the disadvantages of having children and being a mother?” More than 25 percent talked about their inability to buy things their children wanted. Some of the responses:

“Not having enough money to keep them dressed well…this winter, my daughter had to use my gloves and my hat.”

“Expenses. As they get older, the things they want are more expensive. I don’t want to let them down. I don’t want them to feel like they never got what they want.”

“Sometimes you can’t give them what they want; you always want your kids to have the best.”

While the need is year-round, donating during the holidays is a good start. Indeed, giving to others can be a positive experience for families that have the means to do so, Mowbray says.

“Children see their parents as role models and, from their actions, can become more empathic and understanding to others, and more prone to charitable giving when they become adults,” Mowbray says.

The University Record Online (University of Michigan)

 

Update!!!! Toys for Tots has Started Calling Numbers

 Reminder Saturday is the last day to pick up your order!

toys fot totsUPDATE!!!
The warehouse is open for toy distribution . ALL ORDERS ARE READY .You will need ID for your self and some form or proof for your child that contains their NAME AND BIRTHDATE (Birth Certificate, Medical card, print out from school,. the warehouse is located at 811 E. Sprague. We are open M-F 9am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 3pm! The phone lines are now closed but if you still need to sign up you can come to the warehouse.
THESE ARE NOT ACCEPTED: (“Social Security Cards and WIC folders will NOT be accepted this year as a form of ID”). if you have any questions you can speak with the Marine in charge when you go down to warehouse.
PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL AND HAVE PATIENTS WITH THE VOLUNTEERS AND MARINES DOING THE PROGRAM. WE ARE WORKING HARD TO HELP YOU ALL.

Last day for Christmas Bureau

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Friday, December 20th marks the last day to receive donations from the Christmas Bureau.

To receive a donation, you must go in person with the following:

  • Adults must bring photo ID for themselves and every person living in the household older than 18, plus their latest utility bill or rent receipt showing their name and current physical address for all adults. (No PO boxes.)
  • For children, bring a letter from a school or day-care center or a document from a DSHS office or other social service agency verifying each child’s name, address and date of birth. Also accepted: A WIC folder.
  • Note: Social Security cards are not valid identification for the Christmas Bureau.

To pick up donations, go to:

Spokane County Fair and Expo Center
404 N. Havana
10am – 2:30pm

2013 Christmas Bureau

The Christmas Bureau is Spokane’s annual fund to provide gifts and food to those in need.  This year, the Christmas Bureau will be open from December 11th – 20th.

To apply, you must go in person with the following:

  • Adults must bring photo ID for themselves and every person living in the household older than 18, plus their latest utility bill or rent receipt showing their name and current physical address for all adults. (No PO boxes.)
  • For children, bring a letter from a school or day-care center or a document from a DSHS office or other social service agency verifying each child’s name, address and date of birth. Also accepted: A WIC folder.
  • Note: Social Security cards are not valid identification for the Christmas Bureau.

Christmas Bureau
Spokane County Fair and Expo Center
404 N. Havana
Wednesday, December 11 – Friday, December 20, closed Sundays
10:00am – 2:30pm