For decades children have eagerly written notes to the man in red, requesting that their most wished for toys end up below the tree. But what toys does Santa get the most requests for? Since he is pretty busy this time of year, we couldn't ask Santa directly, so we searched the internet and found this Buzzfeed article (they must have better connections) listing the most popular gifts by decade.
What are Boys & Girls Clubs members hoping for this Christmas?
We asked Club members what their top wish list items are - these are some of the responses:
Remote Controlled Car
Easy Bake Oven
Did you know that Americans are expected to spend an average of $929 on holiday gifts for their loved ones this year?
According to American Research Group, Inc.
89% of the families we serve are considered "low-income" by HUD parameters. These families have hard working parents that put all their effort into making ends meet, putting food on the table, and putting a roof over their children. Buying gifts is a luxury for these families, and unfortunately, many parents don't have the means to put presents under the tree this year.
We are lucky to have the support of many generous community partners who create holiday magic for our members. Canon Virginia, Iron Skullz Motorcycle Club, and Pepsi are just a few of the outstanding organizations that have sponsored holiday parties for our members! Thanks to them, the gifts our kids dreamed about are now a reality.
This year we created the inaugural Virtual Angel Tree so that even more of our members in need could celebrate with gifts. Thankfully, all of these children have been adopted and taken care of this year. The generous community members that purchased their gifts are delivering them to our administrative office. We will be distributing the presents to parents so that they can give them to the kids on Christmas morning. We hope that this effort not only brings happiness to our members, but also relieves the stress and anxiety of the parents that worry they cannot provide the presents their children deserve.
If you are interested in supporting our members this holiday season, please visit our Virtual Angel Tree. Although the Angels have already been adopted, we also have Club Wish List items listed. In order to keep our Clubs engaging and exciting for members, we do our best to provide the amenitites they want. Items such as roller skates, art supplies, popcorn machines, speakers, and projectors create a home-away-from-home for our members and allow staff to lead exciting programs. Please help us start 2017 off right with the items we need most!
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