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stymielymie
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head elf docdave is ready
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dave, your nose must have been twitching! i was just thinking about you and the wonderful program here on lymenet!

why not explain it to all the newbiees since last xmas! [group hug] [kiss]

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'Bout time!!!!
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Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells!! [woohoo]

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Julie2763
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Ho Ho Ho

I'm glad you are ready elf docdave, you did a wonderful job last year - imagine all the happy faces on Christmas Day!!

Operation Green Santa was definately a success last year. I hope to be part of it again this year.

Julie

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quote:
Originally posted by Julie2763:
Operation Green Santa was definately a success last year. I hope to be part of it again this year.

Julie

What is Green Santa?

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Docdave-

I tried sending you a private message, but your box is full! javascript:void(0)

I'll try sending it later.

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PS. But yes, I think I am interested - I just have some questions before I commit.
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Could someone explain this for all of us who are new?

I it is about donating Items for less fortunate Lymie folks I am happy to help.

Melissa

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tanzi2u
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in a nutshell:

We all know that having Lyme isn't a cheap proposition... and that many families are struggling to pay for meds and to make ends meet.

For the past 5 years, those on LymeNet who can, help those who are in need to provide Christmas presents for their children.

Some may provide a main gift, others a shoebox full of stocking stuffers.

Everything is kept as anonymous as possible. Privacy is important.

I am sure more information for this year's Operation Green Santa will be forthcoming. More info about last year's program can be found here:

http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=049207;p=1

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Count me in*)!*)!*)!!
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Julie2763
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Normally, Operation Green Santa starts around the 2nd week of November. I would love to organize this again, if there are no objections of course. It was very time consuming, but so much fun. We had so many Green Santa spreading Christmas Cheer!!

Ho HO HO

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I want to participate, but also have one question.

Does it only have to be for the children or can we include some children at heart that also

May desperately need our help and compassion.

Hugs,

Geneal

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What a great thing to do. I can do a shoebox and a large gift for one child.

I havent worked in awhile or I would commit to more-

I may have family that will help too.

What about food for families?? Just a thought-
Could do gift certs to supermarket...

Melissa

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Julie2763
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Since we are a little early in posting this, I am posting a smaller version of Operation Green Santa. I will post the normal one in the beginning of November.

For the last few years we have helped families that were strapped financially with Christmas for their children. This will be our 6th year of assisting families so they can enjoy the holidays and have presents under the tree for their kids.

Here is how this program works - For those who have fallen on hard times because of this disease, please don't feel bashful or awkward asking for our help. That's why we developed this project. We are here to help each other!

FAMILIES NEEDING HELP
For families in need, here is the information I need from you when you e-mail me. First, in the subject header let me know it has something to do with Operation Green Santa; otherwise, I may not open the mail. My e-mail address is: [email protected]

I need the parents' first and last name and shipping address.

I need the child/children's/teenagers first name, age, male or female, favorite color, hobbies, interests, and clothes sizes (ex. Sm. Med. Lg. XL or sz. 8/10/12/14 depending on top/shirt/pant size). The more information you give me regarding your child, the better we can shop. If your child has a special request of a particular item, we will try to fill it.

We will NOT wrap the gifts, so, parents can look the items over and make sure they are appropriate for their child/children/teen. Parents will be responsible for wrapping the gifts. The packages will come in the parents' name to the shipping address they provided to me.

THE CUT OFF DATE FOR REQUESTING OUR HELP IS DECEMBER 8th. That way we have time to complete all needs and have time to ship before the holidays.

TO THE SECRECT SANTAS
Those of you that helped last year or prior years, I thank you again for all of your assistance and help. You guys made this project the success it has become!!!

Okay, here is what I need from the Secret Santas -

Each year we give each child one large to medium size gift as well as a shoe- box filled with goodies (stocking stuffers). Remember to put something in the subject heading, so I know it has to do with Operation Green Santa/Christmas. Please let me know how many of the following you are willing to help with: Number of shoeboxes, Number of large gifts.

IDEAS FOR THE SHOE BOX - dependent upon age of child/teen of course. Hair accessories, jewelry, Barbie dolls, trucks/cars/ candy, gum, hair brushes, make-up, small books, watches, nail polish, bath n-body sample bottles, stickers, small bottles of cologne, trading cards, CD's, gift certificates etc. I think you get the idea. Put as many things as you can in your shoe- box. Make sure the items are appropriate for the age of the child/teenager.

MEDIUM TO LARGE GIFT - This gift should be between $15.00 - $25.00 item. Ideas may be given by parent as well as size, hobbies, interests etc. This item could be clothing, CD, stuffed animal, books, gift certificates, etc.
Over the years, we have been able to give several medium to large items to the kids because of the overwhelming response of our generous Santas. Hopefully this year we will be able to do the same.

Last year we had so many Green Santas that we were able to help some adults also. Gift certificates are always an option.

Last year what I did is composed a list of all the Green Santas and what they were interested in helping with. For example, some Santas wanted to do the shoeboxes (stocking stuffers) and some wanted large gifts, some both. Then I composed a list of the children that were in need of a little extra cheer and matched them with Green Santas. Some Santas did 1 child, some did 8.

If you are willing to help out with a child but it is not easy for you to get out of the house (like many of us), you can always email me that you would like to help with a gift card. I would match you up with an older child or adult.

If we have more children than we do Santas, I will post in here that we need more Green Santas.

I will start composing a list now, since we have had some interest. It would be helpful if you could IM me (I will make sure my inbox doesn't get full) with what you are willing to help with. Remember that you would be responsible for mailing the package directly to your matched child.


Thank you,

Julie

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I think it's great to do extra if you can too; love the grocery store gift certificate idea. Last year I made sure to include gifts for the parents; I received a letter from them saying it was the first time in years they had received any gifts. They also commented that it made their kids so happy to see Mom and Dad have gifts, too.

I'm in again this year!

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