2014-THANKSgiving

Scary Mommy and Toys“R”Us #NoWishTooBig

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#NoWishTooBig

As parents, we say no quite a bit. No, you can’t go outside in the thirty degree weather wearing a tank top and shorts. No, you can’t have pancakes for dinner after eating them for breakfast. No, just because you bathed yesterday does not mean you don’t have to bathe today if you’re covered in dirt and smell. No, no, no!!

Sometimes, it feels really good to say yes.

Yes, you can have that video game. Yes, you can get that stuffed animal. Yes, I’ll buy you that toy.

Unfortunately, many parents aren’t able to say those yeses, much as they may want to. And there is no time that’s harder to face than during the holidays.

#NoWishTooBig

For the last ten years, Toys“R”Us, Inc. has partnered with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to spread holiday cheer to some of the 16 million children living in poverty in the United States. Through in-store and online fundraising and awareness campaigns, Toys“R”Us has raised over $31.6 million and collected 3.75 million toys for Toys for Tots. The program is also supported by the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc.

This year, NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal joins the campaign, donning his holiday alter ego – Shaq-A-Claus – to encourage customer donations and help make even more wishes come true for kids in need. As part of this year’s program, Toys“R”Us has introduced a series of #No Wish Too Big initiatives designed to inspire families to join Shaq-A-Claus in paying it forward through Toys for Tots. It’s just fantastic, and I encourage you to get involved.

Now for the really amazing part…

Inspired by the many stories of the Thanksgiving Project applicants, Toys“R”Us, Toys for Tots and we at Scary Mommy have joined together to help continue to make this holiday season easier for mothers and families in need. To help them make their kids’ wishes come true, together, we’re providing one hundred $250 gift cards to Scary Mommies who need it most. That will make an awful lot of kids very, very happy come Christmas morning, and I wish I could be in all 100 houses to see their faces.

Even more amazingly, three very special Thanksgiving Project families will be the incredibly lucky recipients of a once in a lifetime $1,000 Toys“R”Us shopping experience. ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS — can you imagine the impact that will have on those children and their parents? I get chills every time I think about it.

Each of the 100 $250 gift cards will arrive in the mail within the next week (recipients have already been notified to be on the lookout), and next week, the three families will be receiving the shopping experience of a lifetime. I can hardly wait. If you haven’t heard from us and need help with a present for your child, you can apply for a gift through Toys for Tots here.

A million thank you’s to Toys“R”Us and Toys for Tots for their support of Scary Mommy Nation and their commitment to helping kids and families in need. You can learn more about the program here, get your kids involved here, or find out how to donate a toy here. Be sure to follow along with their social media channels below, too, and help spread the word. Because every child deserves a Merry Christmas, and every mother should be able to provide one.

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    Kim Ahern says

    All I can hear at the moment is the swooshing of the blood in my head in time with my heartbeat. I'm thinking its shock…. I can't believe it…and I can never repay your kindness enough. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

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    Lacey Heald says

    omg thank you so much! It was such a huge help at thanksgiving but this is just amazing. I can't even explain how much of a help it is. You are the best Jill, you really are!!!!!

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    says

    Jill, you are an absolutely amazing lady! You have inspired so many people and helped so many as well. Congratulations on getting Toys R Us on board to make those families’ holidays special!

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    Mychelle Powers says

    Jill, you have no idea what this means to me! I am still off work because of a very nasty surgery, and my daughter’s birthday was December 7th. There was no money for presents. I am a scary mommy at heart, because I have been up trying to paint dragons and Japanese symbols on the living room walls to turn it into a karate dojo (sort of) for her because I felt so bad about the birthday situation. Shes loves karate, and since our furniture got repossessed 3 weeks after my surgery, turning the living room into a dojo is no big loss. I will send you a picture of the room when I am done-don’t laugh-it is a true labor of love! I paint a bit and rest my stitches, paint a bit and rest my stitches…Thank you so much for everything! It is horrible to say, but I was actually dreading Christmas after managing to live through the sad birthday situation. My heart is full again thanks to you! I will keep in touch! Through the power of love you have lifted many burdens from my heart this Thanksgiving and Christmas. Wishing you the happiest of Christmases, Mychelle Powers

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    Joanne R. says

    I am literally sitting here in tears and goosebumps! My husband and I were just talking last night, wondering how we were going to swing bills and house payment this month, let alone Christmas for the kids. You were our miracle for Thanksgiving and you, along with Toys R Us, really came through for us for Christmas. I seriously don’t know how to thank you for all you have done to make this time of year a little easier and less stressful for us. You are a real angel!! All I can offer is a thank you!!!

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    Veronica says

    You are an amazing person to help so many people. I have not been this happy or excited in a long time!!! I have worried over Christmas everyday. My daughter does a count down, and instead of it being happy I was worried about not being able to get much if any. My family and I are so grateful. You are an Christmas angel to our family, and we are for ever grateful!!!!!

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    Lawry says

    WOW just WOW….Who would’ve thought just a few determined Mommies (The Most Determined Being You!!) Could grow something sooo big!!! I am so proud to be a Scary Mommy!!
    Congratulations to all the recipients!!
    Way to go Ms Jill!!!

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    Theresa Robison says

    You are an amazing person Jill I as a single mom try to provide and continue to get short but teach my kids everything is not about getting things it is about being there for the ones we love I don’t have alot again I am trying to give my girls a happy holiday without their dad so we will be together and try to have a good holiday thank you for all you do for the families needing it I help others everyday whether it shovel them out or lil food if I can I believe what you do for others will come back to you and that is what I teach my kids always help someone you never now what someone is going through and someone always is having it harder than you! Thanks again Jill for all you do you are an angel with a heart of gold!

    Theresa Robison
    theresa_robison@ymail.com

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    Theresa Robison says

    You are an amazing person Jill I as a single mom try to provide and continue to get short but teach my kids everything is not about getting things it is about being there for the ones we love I don’t have alot again I am trying to give my girls a happy holiday without their dad so we will be together and try to have a good holiday thank you for all you do for the families needing it I help others everyday whether it shovel them out or lil food if I can I believe what you do for others will come back to you and that is what I teach my kids always help someone you never now what someone is going through and someone always is having it harder than you! Thanks again Jill for all you do you are an angel with a heart of gold!

    Theresa Robison
    theresa_robison@ymail.com

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    says

    Im glad those chosen get to have xmas but i cant help but feel depressed at the same time as all money i got for the month from social security is now in limbo i didnt get my new debit card which was in my husbands name and because of that i cant talk to them to get them to resend a new one cuz the account isnt in my name and cant change it as he passed away. well the account is now blocked so i cant even talk to them without putting in the card number which i dont have. and to get social security to transfer it to my new card( different company) will take 2 weeks to verify the accounts and another week to take the money from the old account and put it into the new account and u know the gov.i cant have them send me a new deposit already to the new deposit till they recoup the other money. no early transfers. im behind on rent 2 months now as well as car payments. and now i have to pay electric (which is also past due) by friday or it gets shut off. im out of options and feel useless just when something good comes along something bad always folllows in my life an ill never get ahead. IM done and if it wasnt for my girls then i wouldnt want to be hear anymore.

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      Stephanie says

      I feel your pain. It is heartbreaking to know that other people get the opportunity and you don’t. It makes me think why my family and our situation isn’t good enough. But I know that there are A LOT of families that are just as set back as we are. 100 people out of the thousands is a really hard choice for Jill to make. I don’t know what the other families stories were. We are a family of 4. I lost my mother unexpectedly last year and had to pay for a very expensive funeral. I have a -217.83 back balance. And am only able to find work for 15hrs a week. I know what it is like to be stressed and worry about how to make my 2 loves have the biggest smiles on their faces. . Am I sad and disappointed that I wasn’t one of the lucky ones, of course I am. But I am not going to give up hope. Maybe we were the lucky ones for the big prize. Please never lose hope.
      I wish you and your family get the opportunity to embrace one another and enjoy the love behind the holiday.

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        Tori Gascoigne says

        Keep your heads up girls!! I too was bummed that my kids weren’t chosen, but it’s ok. I have already accepted there will be no gifts under our tree this year. Yes it sucks, but it’s life. My 2 year old has lead poisoning from the house I owned, I had 2 weeks to move and in those 2 weeks I had major back surgery which has left me in a wheel chair most of the time. My husband fights for our country and when the govt shut down they lost funding for his job. So jobless he is. $198/wk unemployment is paying our rent only, nothing else. But I still manage to get up everyday and fight through each one. I keep getting knocked down and feel like I’m never going to get back up. It’s awful having to tell the kids there will be no presents this year. I feel like a failure as a parent!! My bills too are months behind, it took almost 9 weeks to get unemployment approved. We moved to a different county and I had to reapply for food stamps and I literally just got them 2 days ago and mind you I moved Oct 1st. My life sucks and I feel like giving up every day. So please know you’re not alone in this and try to smile :)

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        Connie says

        Anna, you are an amazing person for offering to help Rachel. I wish I was in a position to help also. I read her story and sooooo wished I could do something. Thank you sooooo much for helping her out.

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    Amy says

    Unfortunately, I live in a county not covered. Guess we will be explaining to our daughter that Santa couldn’t fulfill her wish list again. I hate this. I am pleased others are getting help. Blessings to them.

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      Liv says

      Rachel,
      I understand how your feeling as my family is about to be homeless. I’ve had to explain to my children that we won’t have what they know as Christmas this year but we will be blessed as we will have each other. My kids tell me all they want for Christmas is a home and all I can say is I’m trying and keep praying. God works in mysterious ways and though we weren’t chosen as recipients either we try to remain positive. Keep your head up I’m sure things will get better and we will add your family to our prayers. We wish you the best.

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        Erin says

        Liv, your story touched my heart. I’ve been in the same boat. I had to leave my career and am unable to work due to my very sick special needs son. We were nearly homeless too and my car just got repossessed and my sister moved in and saved the day. Now there’s 14 people living on our house (she has 12 dogs, I have NO animals) and its hell, but we’re together. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve begged God to take me from this world. My heart sank when I realized we were NOT one of the families chosen, but I also know God must have something better in store for us. I keep prepping the combined 9 children that there won’t be a “Christmas” but they are convinced Santa will come thru. Sorry for my off topic comment, but I’ve got faith God had something else in store for us too

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    Zofia Williams says

    how awesome! so glad you could help those families. I'm sure it was difficult to choose out of the thousands you've helped with Thanksgiving!! Wishing a Merry Christmas to all!

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    Liv says

    This is awesome I’m so glad so many families are being helped. If the families are anything like mine I can only imagine this means the world to them. I’m crying just imagining the Christmas all of those children will be enjoying. There really are Christmas miracles for some.

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