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Be an Angel

Hey guys, I wanted to share something thats important to me. JC Penney and the Salvation Army have come together again to help give presents to children and seniors that wont be getting anything unless they get adopted. You adopt online, you pick a child or senior, and you choose the sex, age and location of the person you will be helping out this Christmas. I participated in this last year , and am planning to adopt an angel again this year. I LOVE to physically help people out, throwing money into a basket doesnt make me feel like I did much no matter how much money I gave. Whenever my church asks for food for the homeless, I'm there. Clothes for babies who's teenage mothers live in a womens shelter? So there. Adopt a kid for Christmas? Absolutely. It all goes through the Salvation Army so you know its legit. JC Penney makes it super easy by allowing you to adopt online. I adopted a toddler, a 2 year old girl from a different zipcode than mine. I got everything on the list, it was mostly clothes and one toy that she asked for. You can pick the age, sex, and location of your child or senior and it will pull up at least 5 pages of options for you. Read through the wishlist and pick the one you can afford. You dont have to get everything on the list, especially if they are asking for crazy expensive luxury items. My child asked for clothes and a stuffed animal and I was able to get everything on the list for $50 at Target so everyone can help out, no matter what your budget. I LOVED the items that I got her and hope that she did too. I wish that the program would at least give me the first name of the child that I've adopted but I understand why they dont. It is incredibly rewarding and by doing this, you are helping poor people right in our own country because there are so many of our own children that really need our help.


The Adopt an Angel thing will start again this November and I cant wait to help out someone else!

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@kimmi1115:  I think the fate of the post is going to be in the dumpster.  Apparently the sites I visited are very picky about what you can donate.  I'm guessing they've had trouble with communicable illnesses that they are only taking items that can be submerged in bleach and disposable ones.  I'm also close to two large vet schools which could explain it too. 


They have no trouble about asking for expensive beds!  Sheesh.  I usually donate towels and toys to the shelters in the off seasons. The JcPenney one is not looking so bad after all.  Same with toys for tots.  (:

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I got all my shopping for my angel done this past weekend. I was lucky that I was working in a city that has a huge outlet mall, so there was a great selection of items to choose from.


My angel only wanted a top and bottom and a coat and wished for a stuffed animal, so shopping was pretty simple. I got her a couple of animals and a cute pink puffer coat and a pink top and leopard bottom. They has some great shirts on sale so I got a bunch of them, and I was done. Easy as pie!

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Thank you SO much for participating prettyinpa! *Hugs*


I have one of my packages ready to go but still have to shop for my second child. Will try to get er done today so I can mail it off. 

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I got my shopping done today and I even went to the post office to mail it out! I paid extra for confirmation so that I know when the Salvation Army got it and I will let you all know when they do. I was planning on going to Ross BUT TJ Maxx is right across from a free standing Sephora so I went there instead because I wanted to try out some more stuff. When I start Christmas shopping I want to be able to go into Sephora, throw items in my basket and get out.


For Sophie I bought:


1. A warm jacket, its white with colorful polka dots on it, Carter brand

2. Warm lavender pants, Carter brand

3. White cotton long sleeved shirt with the word "cutie" on it, Carter brand


Smiley Very Happy

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To be honest since this was posted around Halloween I thought it was advice on how to "get the look to be an angel."  Oops!  After reading the whole thread I'm utterly amazed at how much you ladies have done.  I applaud all of you for being so kind during the holidays and not forgetting what it's really about.  This year I'm going to be volunteering at a soup kitchen and also donating toys.  Keep up with your amazing personalities.  It's much appreciated by all.





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I got my package mailed yesterday also!  I wanted to make one trip to the Post Office and had a bunch of stuff to finish up for work, so I got it all done and mailed off!  Delivery confirmation is just the best, you don't have to worry whether the package got there or not!  I figure about 3 days to New Orleans, should be in the Salvation Army before Thanksgiving. Isabella should be nice and warm with the little puffer I got her. I was debating how warm a coat I should get, but was advised that it can get pretty cold in New Orleans and babies always are colder than us adults, so I hope I did ok.


I plan to treat us to new bath towels and round up my old bath towels to donate to the animal shelter. Plus I got a free bag of dog food and turns out my dog doesn't do well with the bag I bought so both bags are going to the shelter. (Not that he is a picky eater but it doesn't agree with his sensitive digestion). Ah, what we do for our pets!Smiley Happy

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prettyinpa---Thats so nice of you! I have a few towels that need to be replaced as well but I usually just trash them, I would never even think to ask an animal shelter if they need them. Thanks for the idea!


I went to church today and they put up the Angel Christmas tree! Its paper ornaments on a Christmas tree, and each ornament says either boy or girl, and one present that they need. I picked a boy (finally lol), he's 11 years old and he wants a pair of jeans. I just got back from Marshalls and I got him blue Levi jeans in his size and a brown Levi t-shirt with a motocycle on it and I'm getting ready to package it right now! ( So excited!)


What I didnt like about this year is that most children seem to be asking for a $25 giftcard to Walmart or Target and I dont like that because thats not guaranteeing me that the kid will get anything out of that. The parents can take that giftcard and buy makeup or alcohol or whatever with it instead of a presents for their child. You just never know. Plus, its not fun just picking up a giftcard, I want to have a image in my head of a child opening up a present under the tree. And a giftcard doesnt give kids joy. Last year the tree only had clothes and shoes and every year before that it was clothes and shoes. So I dont know whats up with that. 




I named him Zackary. 


Smiley Very Happy

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@sephoramusthave-  Sounds like you had fun shopping for your little boy angel!  Good choice with the Levi's, my brother used to wear out all other kinds of jeans really quickly, but the Levi's just kept going. And they wash up so well, some jeans with a high synthetic fiber component get stained really easy and don't look good after only a few wearings.  I agree with you about those giftcards also, who knows what gets purchased with those! Nice you got some cute things, you are such a good shopper!Smiley Happy


NIce name there, too!

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prettyinpa---Thanks!! Its due Dec. 11 at my church and I already have mine wrapped! Smiley Very Happy


Big Lots has a Toys for Tots drive every year, actually most stores do so whenever I see those boxes out I'll grab a toy on the way to checkout and drop it in there, much easier that getting a toy, bringing it home, then finding a place to drop it off later.


Oh and I got my dad to participate in too! He's doing something similar at work as well so I didnt expect him to join in but he did! He adopted a senior, a 77 year old man from Greenville Texas ( heck yes to Tex-as!)!) and I think he's already gotten his shopping done but I dont know what he bought. I'll get back to you if I ever find out. My dad refuses to name the man though! He thinks its stupid for a grown man to name another much older grown man. So I might have to do the naming for him....


What about Mason?

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Has anyone noticed that the post office is getting crazy expensive? Sometimes the shipping costs me more than the items in it. >_<


I mailed out a few gifts for Christmas and within the states, it doesnt matter whether I'm shipping within my state or out of it, because the prices are the same. I mailed out a couple of packages in Texas where I am and some to Boston and New Hampshire and the shipping is the same for both.


How is that possible?

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@sephoramusthave-  The Post Office charges Priority Mail fees for anything over 13 ounces. It seems to cost the same to send a package to anyplace in the continental US (I don't get it either), shipping to Alaska is really expensive, seems to cost about as much as international! UPS isn't much cheaper and they tend to beat up my packages worse than the P. O. My poor husband ordered a bunch of parts that came via UPS and by the time the box got to him, there was a big hole in it and half his order had fallen out! The worst part was that the hole was in the bottom of the box, so he didn't know that his order got lost until he opened the box, so he had a hard time filing a claim because they said he should have complained sooner!Smiley Mad

I do have to say that all my packages from Sephora have arrived intact lately, though now I have them shipped USPS.


Re name: Old dudes around here are all named Harold!

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Harold it is! Smiley Very Happy


My dad did end up telling me what he bought and he got


1. Warm light brown sweater

2. soft warm long sleeved red shirt

3. soft warm long sleeved green shirt

4. a white golf shirt

5. a blue golf shirt


His list asked for a shirt and pants and he went overboard with the tops and forgot about the pants. Oh well. He shipped it out already. Smiley Very Happy


I havent shipped via UPS in awhile, I always go to USPS because they are so much cheaper and dont charge you for misspelling a street name by accident.

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@sephoramusthave- Your Dad's shopping sounds great! I think a haul of shirts is just fine, at least in my family, shirts get dirty a whole lot faster than pants, so it's nice to have a clean one to put on, saves doing laundry every day!


Yeah, how about UPS charging for a misspelled address?! In this age of computers, they certainly could fix the problem and at least around here, everyone is in their computer along with written directions to get to the house, so there is no excuse why they can't cross match the name to the address!Smiley Mad Since where I live, everyone lives up dirt roads from the highway, nothing would ever get delivered if there weren't written directions attached to the address. The Post Man has been the same guy for 15 years and grew up around here so addresses can just be as simple as a person's first name and the nearest cross street and they get to us! lol The downside is everyone knows your business too, so you want to behave!

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Oh! Last week I got a UPS package from Amazon delivered to my door, and it wasnt for me. I thought that the UPS guy just had a bad day and that it probably belongs to one of the other houses in my cul de sac area but it belonged to a house that way wayyyy at the end of that same street! 


And when I delivered the package their dog almost ate me alive!


I've never been a small town girl but I have plenty of family that lives in areas just like yours. Everyone knows each other ( which can be nice, every year for Halloween I check if there's any sex offenders in my neighborhood ( there arent) because I dont know anybody...I used to know a few but they all moved away and since then 2 or 3 new families have moved in and I dont know them) and everyone shows up at your door no matter the time of day.

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OMGoodness, SephoraMustHave! It is so Sweet of You to post about this informing Sephora Girls and others about Helping others in Need have a Special Holiday. :-) Reading Your post about how You have and continue to Help the less Fortunate by donating Gifts and YourTime just made Me about cry, Happy cry. :-) I also try to Help people by donating Toys and Clothing more around the Holidays. It is so very rewarding and makes Me feel Great knowing that I can make difference by just taking a little of time and money. I think I am going to check out online to Adopt an Angel also. ThankYou for Sharing this with all. You have a big Heart!! :-) HappyThanksGiving!! AngieB.

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@angiepie-  It is so easy to adopt an angel online, I was very pleasantly surprised how simple it was!  It is nice that you can pick a child/senior from anywhere, not just your own community. My child is from New Orleans. Shopping was so much fun, those little baby clothes are just soooo cute!


Good luck picking out an angel, let us know what you do!

Happy Thanksgiving! 

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angiepie---I do hope that you decide to join us and adopt an angel. Its very easy and fun! And its a way to directly give something to a person in need.


My packages have been delivered.


One was received on 11.22 at 7:02 am and the other one was received on 11.18 at 9:33 am. 


My mom send me her confirmation and her package was received on 11.21 at 10:41 am

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You know what I'm thinking of doing? Cleaning out my closet and my shoes in the garage that I no longer wear and donate it to one of those drop off boxes for charity. I do this every couple of years but I've never cleaned out my old shoes...I think that I still have shoes that no longer fit from when I was a kid! I take very good care of my items so everything should be in very good condition.

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Okay so I did end up cleaning my garage out of the old shoes. I actually filled up 4 large black trash bags ( the ones you use for lawn mowing) and I dropped them off at my nearest drop box. The broken shoes, shoes with holes in them and the broken flip flops went in the trash, cant donate those. I found 6 shoes that only have 1 shoes...grrr....the matching ones are somewhere in the garage and when I find them I'll donate them too.


Still have to go through my closet though....


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@Sephoramusthave, what a great idea! I can't say I've ever seen one of those Salvation Army boxes.. I usually drop my items off at the Goodwill store maybe 5 minutes away from me, but lately I have been taking my items to places that just donate the items I don't need. I'd rather someone who needs my jacket GETS my jacket rather than have to pay for it. 


While working from home one day my entire shelf with clothes (a temporary shelf!) fell on me. oops. It was the perfect time to go through my clothes though! I ended up with two huge bags of clothes to donate, but I think I'll follow your lead and go through my shoes too.  Happy Last Day of Diabetes Month! (I had to throw that in there Smiley Wink

Luv&Lipgloss, Diana
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