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appropriate gift-giving #399407
02/03/11 11:49 AM
02/03/11 11:49 AM
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San Pedro AC Belize
Diane Campbell Offline OP
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Diane Campbell  Offline OP
I've seen a few well-meaning folks show up with pens or little toys or whatever to give to kids. Wonderful spirit, great heart.

I have a request ......... please don't turn our kids into beggars by walking down the street casually handing out goodies. It's really not good to teach the kids to besiege guests with pleas for pens, coins, toys. It's also not at all pleasant for guests. If you have trinkets or pencils etc - find a teacher or other responsible adult and give the stuff to them. They will make sure the children enjoy your generosity in an appropriate way.

Thanks for considering this request.




Re: appropriate gift-giving [Re: Diane Campbell] #399409
02/03/11 12:05 PM
02/03/11 12:05 PM
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San Antonio TX and Seine Bight...
ckocian Offline
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Very, VERY good suggestion.

Think through the trinket-giving impulse. It's a feel-good act for the giver in this case. Everyone like to see a child smile. But the real good is better done through schools and other child-centric organizations.

Re: appropriate gift-giving [Re: Diane Campbell] #399411
02/03/11 12:06 PM
02/03/11 12:06 PM
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San Pedro, Belize
KaraokeJoe Offline
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Wow, I wish somebody had put that message out in Afghanistan! I mean, your heart goes out to the kids, but boy does it get annoying! Plus it raises a generation of people that expect to be taken care of by others. IMHO smile


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Re: appropriate gift-giving [Re: Diane Campbell] #399413
02/03/11 12:22 PM
02/03/11 12:22 PM
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San Antonio TX and Seine Bight...
ckocian Offline
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I read a story several years ago about an incident in the Far Eastern country of Bhutan. A tourist was going to give a trinket to a child and an elder from the village said, "No, it gives children the wrong idea." I learned from that.

Re: appropriate gift-giving [Re: ckocian] #399422
02/03/11 02:16 PM
02/03/11 02:16 PM
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SnoopysMom Offline
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And please do not give them money! If they are hungry, get them some food....

Re: appropriate gift-giving [Re: Diane Campbell] #399436
02/03/11 05:19 PM
02/03/11 05:19 PM
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First let me say that I agree. Secondly, and this is a number of years ago, I had brought down toys, trinkets, shoes, pens and pencils. My plan had been to distribute the toys, trinkets and shoes (which I did), and give the pens and pencils to the teachers to give out to the kids. The local that was helping me play Santa, told me not to give the pens and pencils to the teachers, because the teachers would charge the children. I was aghast. I hoped it wasn't true then, and surely hope it is not true today either.


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Re: appropriate gift-giving [Re: Diane Campbell] #399444
02/03/11 06:30 PM
02/03/11 06:30 PM
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Be Kind Belize is always happy to ensure that 'gifts' are given in an appropriate manner. Children on the Be Kind Belize programme 'earn' their gifts with good behaviour, generosity of spirit and kindness. PM me here or email [email protected]


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Re: appropriate gift-giving [Re: Diane Campbell] #399448
02/03/11 07:43 PM
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seashell Offline
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OK, thanks, I'm up for that!


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Re: appropriate gift-giving [Re: Diane Campbell] #399475
02/04/11 08:26 AM
02/04/11 08:26 AM
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catdance62 Offline
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that is a really really good point


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