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Ohher
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My UO for this (and every) Christmas season: The Toys for Tots campaign. May the whole outfit prosper and grow rich and buy a hotel with a thousand rooms and be found dead in every one of them.

Here we have children with dire, horrifically expensive medical needs losing their insurance, one of the highest child poverty rates in the developed world, children whose most ardent wish is for a full belly on two or three successive days of the week, or a coat to wear to school when it's freezing out, and what do we have for them? Toys for Tots.

I have nothing against either tots or toys, but for the sake of the living Christ, couldn't we attend to these other urgent needs first?

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Bishops Finger
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Ah yes - over here, we have 'Toy Services' in some churches (usually on Advent Sunday, which means that the liturgy is somewhat dumbed-down).

The worthy idea is that suitable toys are brought to church, to be passed on to the Salvation Army for distribution to the needy.

Alas, my UO relates to the practice of some churches to invite children to 'Bring-and-Show' a toy or something (a new SmartPhone, tablet, bicycle, or whatever) in church on Christmas morning.

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lilBuddha
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quote:
Originally posted by Ohher:

Here we have children with dire, horrifically expensive medical needs losing their insurance, one of the highest child poverty rates in the developed world, children whose most ardent wish is for a full belly on two or three successive days of the week, or a coat to wear to school when it's freezing out, and what do we have for them? Toys for Tots.

Except those children also want toys.
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I have nothing against either tots or toys, but for the sake of the living Christ, couldn't we attend to these other urgent needs first?

It should be both. The nations here represented on SOF can do both.

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Pigwidgeon

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The program at my church provides each child with a toy (or gift recommended by a parent) and a stocking -- as well as an outfit of clothing and a pair of shoes/socks. The family gets a family gift (based on their requests), usually kitchenware or other household goods. And each family gets a gift card to a local grocery chain. Occasionally we can set them up with gently-used furniture if needed.

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Schroedinger's cat

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Somewhat UO - Dark Side of the Moon is still one of the best albums of all time. Probably the best.

The Great Gig in the Sky is the essence of perfection in music making. Whether you play an instrument, or sing, you should try to put that level of passion and emotion into what you do.

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Sipech
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It shouldn't be the 'done thing' to let older people off the bus first. They just walk slower once they're off so those of us with a brisker pace overtake them a few seconds later anyway. It's suicidal convention to show deference to the elderly, but in this instance it is a mere nicety that serves no practical purpose.

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Bishops Finger
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Is Outrage!

I say this as An Elderly.

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Amanda B. Reckondwythe

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Yeah, all those old people should be home in their rocking chairs. What are they doing out and about on buses anyway?

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mousethief

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quote:
Originally posted by Schroedinger's cat:
Somewhat UO - Dark Side of the Moon is still one of the best albums of all time. Probably the best.

The Great Gig in the Sky is the essence of perfection in music making. Whether you play an instrument, or sing, you should try to put that level of passion and emotion into what you do.

Is this unpopular? It certainly speaks for me.

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Schroedinger's cat

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Somewhat unpopular. I know there are shipmates who don't like it.

I have noted their names, and there might be occasional accidents as they transfer to the new vessel.

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Enoch
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quote:
Originally posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe:
Yeah, all those old people should be home in their rocking chairs. What are they doing out and about on buses anyway?

Perhaps Sipech thinks the Great Gig in the Sky is where they should have already gone! [Snigger]

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