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organizations or families for Christmas gift
#1
I have thought about embracing a family. Not going. Infant Sis and her Husband embraced a family. They spent a few hundred dollars on presents for the family and a full Christmas feast. The guardians and the kids were exceptionally unappreciative. There was no "Much obliged". Sister and BIL were scrutinized for not buying "mark" garments. The youngsters were not intrigued by the toys - including bikes - they needed gadgets. The family even grumbled adjoin the feast - a turkey and a ham, green bean dish, sweet potato goulash, macintosh and cheddar in addition to bread and pies. 

After much exchange we now have a convention of giving warm attire to the St. Joseph's Men's Shelter. There is much consideration paid to Women's and Children's havens and obviously the Marine's have their Toy's for Tot's crusade. Vagrants are the overlooked ones. Straightforward things like gloves, warm socks, weave tops, sweat shirts even clothing are required by these men. G ventures a considerable measure and brings home inn cleanliness items. That goes to St. Joe's. When I supplant bedding or towels the old ones are given to St. Joe's. 

Truly - most of the men are heavy drinkers or medication addicts. St. Joe's gives them a place to rest - on a bed with a cover in a warmed room. St. Joe's requires the men to talk with social specialists and go to AA gatherings. 

There is likewise St. Joseph's Diner. They nourish individuals 3 dinners per day seven days seven days. When I get out the cooler I convey sustenance to the burger joint. 

This isn't some considerate liberality. There have been times throughout my life when I was extremely crestfallen. My salvation was my family. This is just paying forward.
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#2
No one wakes up in the morning and decides to become an alcoholic or drug addict, something awful in their lives have pushed them down that road so yes they need help.

It is a shame your sister had a bad experience because there are many families out there who would appreciate help
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#3
There are more bad experiences than you would believe - our in laws championed the cause of a family 'desperate' to get into the UK. A LOT of time and money was spent and the result - when they finally could get in they promptly cut off all ties - no words of thanks didn't reply to any e mails, letters - it hurt a great deal. As for mens refuges we have such organizations as the salvation army who are often ridiculed and turned into figures of fun by those who have never been in need and cheap [overpaid] comedians. We should support them but most would rather get sick falling down drunk and spend on rubbish until they are insanely in debt rather than donate a few pounds. The elderly generally are undervalued and often ignored in Britain - despite having contributed to society for 40 - 50+ years.
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#4
A companion of mine, whom I have expounded on some time recently, lost his Mum and his Nan as of late. He was his Mum's full-time carer throughout the previous couple of long stretches of her life, and when she passed on he ended up plainly destitute (she lived in lodging affiliation convenience and they would not give him a chance to remain on). He has been couch surfing meanwhile yet that does not really mean he has some place to remain each night, or that he gets dinners or even some tea. When he went by me at 7 a few evenings ago, he had been all over the place since 5.30 a.m. All he had needed to eat and drink that day was a few sandwiches and some tea at noon gave by the neighborhood Salvation Army. He said he felt embarrassed that he has needed to go to them for sustenance. Obviously, to top everything, when he moved back to his Mum's, he lost his activity in a piece yard where he had been laboring for quite a while. His home (a troop in their yard) ran with the activity as well. He has connected to the Council and they have discovered him five houses that would be reasonable, yet the littlest of these is 2-bedroomed (which implies he will lose some of his lodging advantage on the off chance that he takes it) and is £1200 a month lease with a month's lease ahead of time (cash which he never again has). When he has paid the store, he will be qualified for lodging advantage, which will convey his lease down to a sum he will have the capacity to manage. On the off chance that I could stand to help him, I would, however notwithstanding making them remain in the house implies I lose benefits I am qualified for, and to check this misfortune I would need to charge him higher than the lease would be with benefits connected on the house, so he is by all accounts battling a losing fight, unless he can think of the money.

On the in addition to side, however, I do provide for the nearby nourishment bank when I can, yet they are extremely constrained in what they take in from private people, taking just tinned or boxed things which must be no less than two or three months in date. The majority of the other nourishment they appropriate appears to originate from nearby stores.
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#5
My all time favorites:

#1 It's a Wonderful Life
Jimmy Stewart
1946

I much prefer the original, black and white version.

#2 A Christmas Story
1983

We watched this the first year it aired. George was kicked back in his recliner. He laughed so hard that he tipped over backwards.

#3 Polar Express
Tom Hanks
2004

I love Tom Hanks and the motion capture technology is amazing.

Christmas Reads:

I have an old, tattered copy of Charles' Dickens A Christmas Carol. I read it every year.

A regional favorite is A Cajun Night Before Christmas by "Trosclair" a.k.a James Rice. When my nieces and nephew were young I read it to them on Christmas Eve. Now I read it to their children.
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#6
I'm not really into the normal Christmas films. I'll be searching Netflix, Amazon, and Sky, I expect, for likely candidates. I still prefer a good horror or crime story, but I have seen Polar Express a couple of times. I, too, have an old copy of A Christmas Carol - it belonged to my granddad - but I haven't read it for years. Perhaps I should root it out and give it another go. At some point over the school holidays, I usually go to my daughter's so I don't have much say in what TV we watch. Last year we watched "Don't Breathe" Big Grin
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#7
Exemplary question ..

The classic silver screen Christmas Films ..

Cannot remember all their titles at the moment, however, name a few below ..

Books: For my grandsons ( one is going on seven and one is going on eight ) ..

In all honesty, I do not have a fave Xmas film .. The ones I enjoy are the 1950s black and White for example: Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Carol, The Bishop´s Wife however, we do not watch t.v. ever while we are at the dining table ..

The boys have a guest room at my parents and in laws as well .. And can watch a video selected by their parents ..

We love Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman and it is our fave classic film if asked .. We usually watch it once a year !
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#8
Anything with the silver screen actors and actresses for e.g.: Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Gable etcetra ..
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