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The postal grinch that stole Christmas
Tampa Bay Times ^ | 12/13/12 | Susan Thurston

Posted on 12/13/2012 9:39:05 AM PST by Brandonmark

Thousands of area children might go without toys this holiday season thanks to a Grinch-like move from the Postal Service.

Normally this time of year, boxes of gifts pack the Toys for Tots warehouses. But not this season. Toy donations are so low, Toys for Tots officials worry they won't have enough gifts for the estimated 40,000 boys and girls on their lists.

'I'm losing sleep,' said Herb Donica, chairman of the committee that supports the Toys for Tots campaign in Hillsborough County. 'All of our core people are pulling their hair out wondering what we are going to do.'' The post office may have saved the day inA Miracle on 34th Street , but Donica says it crippled this year's Toys for Tots campaigns.

Every year, the charity partners with the Postal Service for a Letter Carriers Toy Drive in early December. Residents leave toys at their mailboxes, and letter carriers collect them.

To promote the event, the post office has delivered for free a flier with the details. For years, about 2 million have been mailed to households in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco, each with their own Toys for Tots campaigns run by the U.S. Marines Corps, reservists and civilian supporters.

About a month before this year's drive, charity officials got word that the Postal Service would no longer distribute the flier. Local postal officials had been using a permit for official Postal Service business to deliverthe flier without postage. But this year, in light of the postal service's financial problems, officials wouldn't allow it.

The change sent Toys For Tots scrambling. They took out a few ads, including inThe Flyer, the advertising mailer that in recent years printed the toy drive fliers for free. But the efforts weren't enough.

(Excerpt) Read more at tbteedition.tampabay.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: union; usps
Toys for Tots takes devastating hit after USPS nixes free flier.
1 posted on 12/13/2012 9:39:07 AM PST by Brandonmark
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To: Brandonmark

On the other hand, they had tens of millions to sponsor Lance Armstrong and NASCAR.


2 posted on 12/13/2012 9:45:45 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: Brandonmark

Surrounded by boxes that would usually be full of toys, volunteer Kamela Ryan packs up a bear at the Toy for Tots warehouse in Tampa. This year's postal drive in Hillsborough and Pinellas collected 14,000 toys, down from 55,000 last year.
3 posted on 12/13/2012 9:46:01 AM PST by Brandonmark (OWCM is The new American Minority!)
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To: Brandonmark

SantaBomba will provide.


4 posted on 12/13/2012 9:46:31 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Brandonmark

So, once again, it’s the gubmit that supposed to give a freebie, eh?

With all due respect to a great charity, try looking into what other folks are doing to get toys for tots. They’re NOT using the gubmit (which is doomed anyway) and are doing fine.

Don’t rely on uncle - he’s dying and will be resuscitated in a better form after CW-II.


5 posted on 12/13/2012 9:48:23 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Brandonmark

From the bottom of my heart, I hope that every child is happy on Christmas morning.

However, I cannot understand why ANY child would NOT receive at least a modest gift from parents or guardians.

A goodly portion of our incomes are being confiscated by the US, state, and local tax collectors, of which the major portion goes to fund direct payments to people who are poor, unemployed, disabled, or elderly. My town is awash with charities also collecting to give food and clothing to those same people. Our school systems are providing meals and snacks 3 to 5 times a day to most, if not all, of these same groups. PEOPLE, WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING?


6 posted on 12/13/2012 9:51:05 AM PST by July4 (Remember the price paid for your freedom.)
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To: July4

iPods, cell phones, dope, booze, hoodies, more dope, McFries...


7 posted on 12/13/2012 10:07:53 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Brandonmark

I was surprised when I went to the P.O. to mail Christmas gifts to an APO. I had my customs forms all filled out but was told the PO no longer accepted those and the clerk typed and printed out the same information and a cost to me of $1.49. I asked how long that had been enforced and was told a little over 2 months. But I mail a small package to my grand-daughter every month and have not met with this situation prior to this.
I don’t mind tho. Making out the forms (you can only list 4 items per form and have to use multiple forms, each with several carbons for additional items)Is a hassle and I am somewhat visually impaired.
I wonder if in addition to ceasing free delivery for the Toys for Tots program, if they will also suspend the Golden Harvest collection whereby they leave a notice about the collection and you leave a sack of groceries for them to pick up.


8 posted on 12/13/2012 10:12:05 AM PST by ruesrose (The Anchor Holds)
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To: July4

What poor children need more than anything is better parents; if they had them, very few would go without most of their needs and quite a few wants fulfilled. Unfortunately, that’s not something any charity can provide.


9 posted on 12/13/2012 10:15:56 AM PST by Tax-chick (I'm a nightmare, not a dream.)
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To: Tax-chick

You sure have that right!


10 posted on 12/13/2012 10:21:14 AM PST by ruesrose (The Anchor Holds)
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To: Brandonmark
T4T..one of the few groups I still give to.

Last year our group gave 180 toys and over $700.00 cash.

A most worthy cause.

11 posted on 12/13/2012 10:24:54 AM PST by Tula Git
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To: Paladin2

“SantaBomba will provide.”

That is exactly what I told a marketer yesterday who called wanting a donation to the Empty Stocking Fund. I let her say her entire spiel, then I told her that the reelection of obama has ensured that I am too taxed to have money left for charitable donations. Buh bye. Click.

Elections have consequences.


12 posted on 12/13/2012 10:26:37 AM PST by Student0165
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To: July4

And that is my reply to anyone who always wants me to do charitable events like Toys for Tots. Plus when you see it on the news here it is ALWAYS melanin enhanced individuals who are on the receiving end. They get enough of my money.


13 posted on 12/13/2012 10:26:37 AM PST by sheana
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To: ruesrose
Walter Williams, among others, repeats the simple steps to avoid poverty in America: Graduate from high school. After that, get married before you have a child, and stay married. Get a job, any job, and work diligently at it.

Just these things, especially the second item, would result in non-neediness for a hugh swath of today's "poor." As Theodore Dalrymple said, the problem of the underclass is not "poverty," in the sense of a lack of money and stuff: the problem is moral, personal, and community squalor.

14 posted on 12/13/2012 10:28:11 AM PST by Tax-chick (I'm a nightmare, not a dream.)
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To: Brandonmark
Normally this time of year, boxes of gifts pack the Toys for Tots warehouses. But not this season. Toy donations are so low.

Maybe the people who normally give have finally figured out that the parents of these children are often better off than the people giving the gifts and can buy their own children's Christmas gifts out of those big government checks from uncle Obama.

15 posted on 12/13/2012 10:32:20 AM PST by apillar
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To: Dr. Sivana

That was a decade ago. This is now. Sorry ~ the last Republican Senate came up with a bill to bankrupt the USPS ~ it’s still in effect. Postal workers yet unborn may collect on the deal 75 years from now ~ to get their government sponsored health insurance plan paid for out of a special fund no one knows about ~ ‘cause they just take that $5 billion a year and spend it on GSA parties.


16 posted on 12/13/2012 11:04:46 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Brandonmark

There are always kids who fall through the cracks and get missed by the large charities. And it’s not a kid’s fauilt if the parents are crackheads or alcoholics.

I’m never too comfortable telling this story for fear of people thinking I’m boasting. Believe me, that is not the case. Every year my wife and I buy some toys and a few days before Christmas we get in the car and let God decide where to take them. It works everytime. Here’s one example. Two years ago were drove past a country church. I went in and asked the preacher if he knew of anyone who needed some toys. He explained that a member of his church had just lost his job and had moved back to the area. The man had just called the preacher asking him if he knew where he could pick up a few toys for his 9 year old daughter. Believe me, she had a wonderful Christmas!

And I won’t even go into what we call “The Crockett, Texas Miracle”. Let’s just say we’re sure we went where God wanted us to go.

I started doing this because I grew up hating Christmas because my childhood Christmases were not merry. Seldom was there anything under the tree. If we had a tree. I figured if I could stop one little boy from hating Christmas, it would be worth it. Well, I don’t know about the little boys who got our toys over the past 16 years, but this “little boy” sure doesn’t hate Christmas anymore.


17 posted on 12/13/2012 11:06:24 AM PST by Terry Mross (I don't watch the "news". Someone ping me if something big happens.)
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To: Brandonmark

The other day, I was in a store where they had a Toys for Tots collection box. About all I could find in their toy department was imported junk from China and other countries. - Most of that stuff won’t last until the water gets hot; and it’s depressing to me to spend my money on it. - I gotta find a better way. :o(


18 posted on 12/13/2012 11:06:38 AM PST by Twinkie
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To: Brandonmark

Lets first define “tots” shall we. As previously stated what these children need more then some free hand out is a complete set of parents. TFT is nothing more then another give away program for the parasites of society. Hunger and want are great motivators.


19 posted on 12/13/2012 11:10:48 AM PST by maiullo2
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To: July4

I know what you mean. There have been several times in my life that we could have qualified for free lunches, food stamps...whatever. As long as we weren’t actually starving I never would have thought of it.

My kids wore fake name-brand clothing that I made for them, sometimes I even asked others for their old tags from things and sewed them in. Christmas was always great, I made sure it was and my children didn’t even have a clue that times were tough.

One time my son heard my husband and I talking very seriously about money and came to me later and asked if we were poor. I told him “Heck, no, we’re just broke.” I explained to him the difference, our position was just temporary and we were working hard to fix it, poor is when you see no way out or seek no way out.

Poor is when you constantly have your hand out expecting someone to fill it. Poor is when someone else buys your children Christmas presents. Poor is when you expect the government to support you. And finally, poor is when seek nothing better for yourself or you children.


20 posted on 12/13/2012 11:14:12 AM PST by tiki
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To: Terry Mross

While I hate organized poverty and organized charity, I too do my charitable work on my own. I usually know the circumstances of the people I help.

I always ask God to put people in my path and He is very obliging that way.


21 posted on 12/13/2012 11:20:01 AM PST by tiki
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To: Terry Mross

You are far from boasting.

I consider it “cluing others in” to something that flies below the radar for many. Someone not having much at Christmas is a hard subject to face. And even when we do face it in the form of the Salvation Army pot outside of Walmart, or “Santa’s Helpers” on the local news stations, and more on a personal level with what you do, it is easily forgotten with our own families to worry over.

It’s good to have reminders like yours. You did not ask for it, but I will say it: Thank you. I’m sure every child and parent you helped over the years is grateful.


22 posted on 12/13/2012 11:44:55 AM PST by roostercashews (Having a gun doesn't make you safer, but knowing how to use one does.)
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To: tiki
Poor is when you expect the government to support you. And finally, poor is when seek nothing better for yourself or your children.

I like your attitude. An uncle and aunt of mine raised three children and kept their family fed often with food they raised themselves. They had so little money that they used baking soda and salt for toothpaste, yet they made certain that all three of their offspring finished college with graduate degrees. That must have been a very motivational upbringing because all three of my cousins are now members of that despised group, the wealthy. The daughter, who learned how to sew from her mom, has her own clothing business. The oldest son made a fortune in real estate and the other son is a high priced corporate lawyer. I once asked the oldest one why he bought properties. He said that when he was a kid he would hear his dad and mine say "If only we had bought that land for $10 an acre in 1935, we'd be rich today." He determined he was never going to have to say that.

23 posted on 12/13/2012 12:07:24 PM PST by DeFault User
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To: July4

“However, I cannot understand why ANY child would NOT receive at least a modest gift from parents or guardians.”

Mostly because many of these children do not have “parents” and the kids are looked at only as a meal ticket. How many single “units”(I can’t bring myself to call it a parent) have you seen out there with their hair colored and coifed, nails done, free phone and driving vehicles much newer than ours?


24 posted on 12/13/2012 12:10:29 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Terry Mross

God bless you, Sir. You have learned (and by example, taught) the real meaning of Christmas!


25 posted on 12/13/2012 12:31:50 PM PST by jgpatl (What was right is now wrong. What was wrong is now right.)
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To: Resolute Conservative

Tea and Skittles.


26 posted on 12/13/2012 1:00:26 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Student0165
Here's my recent observation:

The 53% spend 25% to more than 50% of their working life working as a tax slave for the government.

The 47% spend ZERO time working for or contributing to the "common good".

Talk about not contributing their "fair share"!

Life is as much or more about time as it is about money. The ones who vote socialist need to be contributing MUCH more of their time if they want it to work at least for the rest of their dependent lives.

27 posted on 12/13/2012 1:08:44 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Brandonmark
Toys For Tots is one of the charities I enjoy giving to, because it is a real, tangible, thing that I give that can't be misused. I'd rather do this than give a check to an organization that will likely use the money in other ways. Cash is fungible (like the Red Cross using 9/11 donations for telephone upgrades), toys are not.

I do find it ironic that in the movie Miracle On 34th Street, it's the USPS that comes to the defense of Santa Clause. Nowadays, not so much.

-PJ

28 posted on 12/13/2012 1:09:37 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: All

To all who replied, thank you. I posted it to show there are lots of kids who don’t get toys from TOYS FOR TOTS, etc. for Christmas. We think it’s covered by all the charities but sometimes that’s just not enough.

We only went public one time when a radio station interviewed us but we didn’t give our names. By doing that the entire town started bringing gifts and even Walmart donated $3,000. Instead of a few kids getting gifts, the lady we had taken our gifts to said they had gifts for every needy kid in the county and money left over for the next year.

Like I said, it sure makes me look forward to Christmas every year. This year we didn’t have much to spend. And that sucks since this year there’ll be a lot of kids who won’t get anything. Hopefully they won’t grow up hating Christmas.

Oh, and by the way. Since I’m a conservative I’m also a bigot. Or, so I’ve been told.


29 posted on 12/13/2012 2:26:58 PM PST by Terry Mross ( I don't watch the "news". Someone ping me if anything big happens.)
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To: jgpatl; roostercashews

Just sent you a private message. Hope I’m not overstepping my bounds.


30 posted on 12/13/2012 2:48:10 PM PST by Terry Mross ( I don't watch the "news". Someone ping me if anything big happens.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

What is the point of a monopoly advertising anyway?

Well, they advertise food stamps, so I’ll give up in advance


31 posted on 12/13/2012 2:51:51 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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