Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Depressing Reading

Every year the rugby team "adopts" a couple of families at Christmas through the Santa Claus project via the US Post Office to help provide a Christmas to an under-privileged child.

One of the guys on the team works with a similar project at his office and offered to let us peruse a few of the letters he had rather than heading down to the post office after work. At lunch I read through all of the letters we had been provided and felt bad because there was just no way in hell that the team (or anyone else for that matter) is going to be able to get some of the things these people want...

There were at least three pleas for computers or laptops. Two people asked for Game Cubes or an XBox. There were a couple of MP3/CD player requests as well. I know it's kind of a "shoot for the moon" thing when people write these letters but I feel bad because there are kids who REALLY want these things and you can practically hear the begging and...well...it made me sad. I hope there's someone out there with the deep pockets to help them out with what they want but I don't think it's going to be us...

Of course, the fact that we're actually going to be giving them gifts rather than sending them back letter saying, "Santa died last week" or "Santa doesn't like you" as suggested by one Scrooge (although a lovable one at that) is a good thing....
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