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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A local family in need, needs your help

A local family in need, needs your help this holiday season. This family was brought to my attention today and I can't think of a better way to help them then to collect toys for their kids so they have something under the tree this year. Dad works every day to feed his family but they just can't make ends meet. I am collecting new or used toys for boys and girls. Boy's range from 10-12 years old and girls range from 5 to 8 years old. I am also accepting monetary donations and in turn I will shop for the kids. 

Every little bit helps, if you could please help me, help this family, I would be forever grateful! I can be reached on my cell 558-8922. Donations can also be mailed to me at 159 Troupe Road, Coudersport, PA 16915. Tis the season for giving :o)

Thank you and God Bless!

Nicole Hafer

37 comments :

Anonymous said...

Is this family signed up with Toys for Tots?

Anonymous said...

have they signed up with school or christmas house?

Nicole Hafer said...

No they are not..they didn't want to ask for help so this is my way of helping them. Anything at all is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

please look into this before donating

Anonymous said...

I make over twenty bucks per hour and I am still struggling to give my kids a good christmas.Between bills and groceries thier isn't much left in the kiddie if you know what I"m saying!I think most families are on this situation this year.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to say but trust is a big issue these days!With all the scammers and scams out there you never know whom is out to make an easy free buck on please help these poor little kids have a christmas!Not saying this is the case but in circumstances like this you never know!

Solomon's words for the wise said...

I can assure you that Nicole is not a scammer.

Anonymous said...

I say sign them up for the Christmas House it is a wonderful organization. It is why we donate to it as a community!

Anonymous said...

Pride sometimes gets in the way of what's best for your family. Public services are available for a reason, not just for the lazy, but also for those who work hard for what they do have, but just can't make ends meet. I would beg for whatever I could when it came to my kids. With the Christmas House, various Food Banks, county services, Salvation Army, TANF, Food Stamps, etc. available when I need them, and abused by those who not only can work but choose not to, my pride would be the first thing checked at the door before my children went without.

Anonymous said...

You know it is pretty said that these ppl that like to help are begging for others to help. Don't u think we all have family that are in the same situation??? I know I do. I have a niece with three small children and she works but can't afford to buy Christmas for her kids.i am not out begging for ppl to hand her stuff. As family we help her with what we can. I say let this persons family get off their a$$es and help them. I for one am tired of ppl begging for free hand outs during the holidays. I am no Scrooge but by god if u wanna help them work extra hours and put in ur own money. I know I work hard to make sure my family gets for holidays so can everyone else. I also donate to toys for tots and other organizations to help ppl. Maybe they should quit complaining, and whining they don't have anything and call one of the many organizations that are out there to help.

Anonymous said...

No, I don't think this is a good idea. The parents should do the best they can to give their kids a few gifts and be done with it. Christmas is not about getting lots of expensive gifts. Life isn't easy and we don't always get everything we hope for. I'm sorry, but kids need to learn this too. Some families can afford to buy an iPad for all of their kids while some families can barely afford an Etch A Sketch. If you define having a good Christmas by getting the iPad versus the Etch A Sketch, then you miss the whole point. What matters cannot be bought at a store. I can just hear people now, "Try explaining that to a kid!" Let's just give, give, give to everyone to keep fanning the flame of ENTITLEMENT mentality.

Anonymous said...

my husband works full time and makes good money for this area and we have two kids and one with medical issues. we are struggles hard to pay our bills and to feed our children. there are a lot of families out there who are having troubles this year. people needs to teach the real meaning of christmas not the gifts. the real reason is to spend time with family and friends.

Anonymous said...

Right on 6:02 Sometimes you just have to put things into perspective!Thank you Jim for the comment as a lot of people from out of the area don't know people you can trust or not.Just would really irk me if someone would use this as an easy scam.

Anonymous said...

Okay if the family doesn't want help from outsiders then why should anyone help? oh I know because it's the christian thing to do, I just hope people can remember that jesus is the reason for the season but children don't understand that find it in your hearts to help these kids even 1 gift is better than nothing at all.God bless them and prayers that they have a merry Christmas

Anonymous said...

I struggle every year to buy christmas gifts for my children. I have to let my bills go every year to make sure they have a good Christmas. We never qualify for any kind of assistance. I do agree that many, many families are in the exact same situation. However, I find it sad that no one is willing to help. It's $10. She isn't asking for Xboxs or IPads...for Goodness sake she is asking for "used" toys. I also donate to other charities, but I am also willing to give an extra $10 (even if it's my last $10) to help out another family. I am thankful for the things I do have, and my kids will not have to go without over $10...I might have to, but my kids wont. I hope I can spend $10 or $20 to buy at least one gift to help Nicole out. I comment you for reaching out Nicole....it's not easy to ask for help.

Nicole Hafer said...

Thank you Jim! No, I am not a scammer. I am a local business woman and community member trying to help a family during these difficult times. I wish I could help everyone, but i can't. By helping this family, I hope in return someday they can help another family. Christmas is, among other things, a time for giving. I can't financially give much to this family but i will step up and seek donations for them. I am not "begging" by any means. If you can't or won't donate, that is okay. There are plenty of people who can and will. I do think that the Christmas house and others are great organizations and i donate to them each year. I am not looking for ipods and ipads for this family, I just want the smiles on the kids faces christmas morning. Any present is appreciated. If I happen to receive an abundance of gifts, I will find another family to help also. I know, in my heart, I am doing the right thing.

Nicole Hafer said...

I would also like to add, that my own kids are learning a lot from this. We are teaching them to give not receive. They helped me make the donation box and my 8 year old even offered to give this family his birthday money he received. My kids don't know who we are collecting for, just that it is a family with Children who can't give their kids presents at Christmas. Yes we give to other organizations each year and the kids help pick out what we purchase but what we are doing this year involves more work towards helping someone and I believe will teach the kids more about giving and how our community comes together when people are in need of a little help.

Anonymous said...

I think it's odd you have not contacted a church school or the Christmas house for donations for this family! I think they should be contacted first as this is where we donate too in the community for all of the families having a hard time !

Carrie said...

I was once a child with parents too proud to ask for help. Parents who worked their fingers to the bone and didn't want to take from someone 'poor'. Someone showed up on our door on Christmas Eve with boxes of gifts. We were well educated on what the real meaning of Christmas was and honestly, that was good enough for us. But I will not lie and say that it was a truly magical Christmas and one I will always remember -- I was only 8, but I still remember thinking "Wow! Someone bought all of this for us!". It really just blew me away. I remember walking down the street to church with the porcelain doll I had received, just as proud as a peacock. Knock parents that don't ask for help, complain that everyone is in a bind, whatever. But once in a while, especially around Christmas, magic can happen when strangers come together and think outside the box and take a risk. Perhaps you are giving to a bunch of entitled spoiled brats. Or perhaps you are giving to someone like my siblings and I that year... kids who never before and never again had a Christmas like we had that year (not that it was extravagant by any stretch of the imagination), BUT! we had more than one gift each and they were nice ones! Every year, since becoming an adult, I pay it forward. We always donate to Christmas House around the holidays, we do at least 3 boxes for Operation Christmas (the shoeboxes), give to Salvation Army and we sponsor 2 children year round. That Christmas is truly what inspired me -- sometimes in order to know good, you have to see good. I saw good and I will never forget it. If you don't believe this is a good idea, you are jaded or bitter from a bad experience, etc., move on quietly; Don't diss Nicole over having a good heart or teaching some kids that magic is still out there or hope comes from places that we least expect it.

Anonymous said...

there are hard working people that would never ask for help-rather you agree with that or not it is reality! We have always been able to look around our own community and there is some family that needs a little help-we can do it 'quitely' without any fanfare and all is good. Look around and help out a struggling family or older resident this Christmas season. It will make your heart feel good.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Just.....wow. There certainly are a LOT of closed-minded people in this world. All of you people advising Nicole to sign this family up for help elsewhere, instead of seeking to pay it forward the way she is.....I wonder, have YOU ever donated to these charities? Have you ever benefited from the kindness of a stranger? I just feel sorry for you all, because it's you who have failed to grasp the true meaning of Christmas. Nicole, you go girl!

Anonymous said...

You can't sign someone up for the Christmas House. I asked once about someone who was in need. They said that the parent or guardian had to do it.

This strikes me as a kind act by a loving friend.

Anonymous said...

Who are you and nicole to decide who receives help in our area? There are tons of families struggling and just because someone suggests the christmas house or other options what gives you the right to try and make someone feel guilty for having more! Spoled brats? That was uncalled for

Anonymous said...

Nicole, may God bless you & your family for your service to others. It 's heartwarming to hear about someone like you that is willing to help out during this CHRISTmas season! As far as your persecutors the Bible says to pray for your enemies and those who dispitefully use you. Shame on them! I pray that whatever you collect would be multiplied! Merry Christmas!

llyolf said...

Nicole, good for you in being a good example to your kids. Before there were programs, there were people helping people. To the people complaining, they don't have anything to give, don't give. She's not saying you have to. Why, if you can't help, do you have to make it like she's doing something wrong?

jeesh sometimes I think you could put up a picture of a puppy on here and someone would complain because they don't have a puppy or it's the wrong color or where's it's license.

Anonymous said...

I am so ASHAMED to live and work in the same community as some of you selfish, self-serving, self-entitled schmucks!!!! I am a single mom and, while my child was growing up, I was more than eligible for help from many of the programs you suggested here. HOWEVER, I was thankful for what we did have and absolutley would not have asked for a single thing from any of them, believing there were many people much worse off than uwe were. Perhaps this family feels exactly the same way and here you are, filled with smug self-righteousness, playing all "holier than thou", belittling them, and questioning Nicole's motives. The TRUE meaning of Christmas is lost on you as is the concepting of pulling together as a community when things get rough. Here's hoping that if you ever find yourself in the same situtaion, someone with a heart like Nicole's finds it within them to ease your burden just a little. Merry Christmas & may God have mercy on your bitter souls.

Anonymous said...

Nicole,

What an embarassment some of these posts are to this community and to humanity itself.

I commend you for putting yourself out there, with humility, to seek help for anyone you can.

May God bless you and those that you help.

Merry Christmas!


Jack

Anonymous said...

I don't have much extra money myself, but my kids are older and understand what the true meaning of the holiday season is. I will call you later today, Nicole.

Anonymous said...

Wow! It is really sad that people are so harsh when someone is stepping up and trying to do something to help someone else. I think what you are doing is awesome and I will do what I can to help. Nicole is being a blessing to someone else and is in turn also teaching her children ways to bless others.

Anonymous said...

Another option,if up there, is freecycle. There are some really nice things that people are more than willing to give away.

Anonymous said...

Nicole,

I posted a message like this myself a few days ago attempting to help a single mother that I work with to give her children Christmas as well....

I recieved many comments like you both negetive and positive. I hope the negetive comments are not deterring you from your goal! There is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING wrong with what you and I are attempting to do!!

I think it is sad that we have come to the point that when someone is trying to help someone else, instead of people offering to help or even saying "Good luck" we get nailed with comments regarding why we are doing this!!

I for one am ignoring the pessimistic points of view and continuing to try to help the family that I began helping! Thankfully even through the mean comments, I have saw the positive and kept trying!

My daughter is also learing alot from this, she cleaned all the change she could find in her room and took her allowance money, and at 8 years old handed it to me to help! AT 8 YEARS OLD, she did this and it made me want to cry when she understands the point and so many adults on here do not!!

However since I posted, I have had a few responses and even though I am not expecting miracles, anything I can help put under her tree is more than she has/will have now!!!

I hope you are successful in helping this family and god bless you for even trying!! Because of people like yourself and I, (along with other that try to help) we may be able to make a few kids Christmas brighter!!

God bless and good luck in your endevours!!!

Nikki DiPilato

Anonymous said...

Would it be wrong for me to ask...where are the family members of these single parents who can't afford Christmas for their kids ??? Do grama and grampa not buy gifts for them ? Aunts...uncles ? Friends ???

I just don't understand why the people closest to them are not reaching out to help. Are they not Christians ? Do they not understand the meaning of Christmas ?

It's nice that people want to do what they can to help the children....but I think what is bothersome to some people is the "advertisement" of it.

Maybe Nicole should consider forming a non-profit program to raise funds throughout the year so that she can help some of the less fortunate when the time comes. People are more likely to contribute to the cause if they know their donations are really helping those in need.

Quoting scripture and making people feel ashamed is no more "Christian-like" than refusing to donate at Christmas. So enough already. This is a blog that encourages people to give their opinions...good or bad. And just because you don't agree doesn't make you an angel and everyone else is going to hell.

Her intentions are good I'm sure, but there have been some valid points made. I think you will get further if you take a different approach next time. Advertising for personal donations online might not be the best choice. Merry Christmas everyone.

Anonymous said...

You people are unbelievable! That is all I have to say! There is no advertisement in this, Nicole & Nicki are getting nothing iutta trying to help the families they are but satisfaction is DOING THE RIGHT THING!!

I remember a few yrs ago Shirley Leete put a post like this on Facebook wanting to help a few families and people were jumping to help and I know the one family she helped has beyond paid it forward!

Even if you don't want to help or don't like how people are trying to help, keep your negative comments to yourself and allow people to help how they know how!

Most of you sound like a bunch of Scrooges! Advertisement ha! People are simply trying to invoke other is helping out and what better way than a public forum that the majority of the people is this area read!

It amazes me that people can be so cold and bar towards people who are trying to do a good deed! But then again I guess that is partly what's wrong with the world today! Instead of someone being the first in line to lend a helping hand it is about what they aren't getting or why you shouldn't help!

If you people who have posted negative comments on this post and the one fro Nicki before asking for help just donated $5 or $10 they could've helped these families a lot but instead I guess it is easier to just run kind hearted people down!!!! You should all be ashamed of yourselves!!!

Youcould only hope if any of you are down on your luck you have people like Nicole & Nicki around!

Nicole Hafer said...

Thank you to all those who have posted in support of my decision to help another family. Your kind words mean so very much and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

sending you some hugs and blessings...there are still angels among us.

Anonymous said...

I commend you as well. I wish this would have been posted last week as we just took 4 boxes of toys to goodwill. Some of you that are so negative need to remember that no matter how bad you think you have it there is ALWAYS someone worse off. Remember there will be families sleeping on sidewalks eating your leftovers out of the dumpster this holiday season. Not sitting on their computers and high speed internet looking down on this woman for trying to help others

Anonymous said...

I've been keeping up to date on all the comments posted under this and I honestly have to say, I am extremely appalled and shocked to have seen some of the things that were said.

Someone mentioned about grandparents, aunts, uncles and other family members, while, the notion and sentiment that everyone has living family members is a wonderful one, that's not always what the case may be.

I don't know any of you, I'm not from your town, I don't know the lady who is seeking help for a family, but I will say that I commend you for doing this.

I, myself, have always been too proud to take any sort of help when it comes to Christmas (or anything for that matter). But, thankfully, in my case, I do have two wonderful parents who help me financially afford gifts for the Christmas season.

Someone mentioned seeking help through other avenues, such as the Christmas House, Toys for Tots, and other various organizations- I don't know if you've been completely oblivious, but most of those charities have already taken the amount of families that they can.

We have someone here trying to do a good deed, to help someone out who is maybe too proud, or even too afraid to ask for help, which was then literally turned into something completely nasty, mean, and "un- Christmas-like". Has anyone ever heard of the saying, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all"?? When someone is trying to do a good deed, helping out someone, a business, anything- who has a right to tear them up and down for doing something SELFLESS?? If you don't like the idea of someone helping someone else out, that's fine, but why not keep the negativity to yourself?

In the world we live in, it seems to me that there are a lot better things to spew ill words and anger over and I seriously do NOT believe this is one of them.

I have prayed for those of you who have lost the true meaning of Christmas and your scrooge-like comments.

I am, however, glad to see that there are still some decent, kind, considerate, and Christian people in your community. Thank you for helping out others, Nicole. Don't worry about what all the close-minded and ignorant people have said. You are doing something to help another family, taking your time to make sure they have a good Christmas, for that- never let anyone's words get you down.