For the past few years J and I have started a tradition to give back to our community and adopt Angels so that they may have a Happy Christmas too. Usually, we adopt a couple of them from John's work, but since he switched divisions, and is currently deployed, we didn't know where we were going to get our Angel from.
When J was home in November, we needed to go to Walmart to deal with his prescriptions, and I noticed that they had a Salvation Army Angel Tree set up. While J was handling his order, I went over to see what the kids were asking for this year. Most wanted toys, crafts, bicycles. One child wanted educational toys...and a PS3 lol. But one child...Dustin, his toy wish was 'Anything'. I nearly started crying right there in the store. Needless to say, we found out Angel and we went on a shopping spree for the 7 year old boy.
I normally budget about $50 give or take for each child (since we normally do two) and just get them toys or whatever they have asked for. It's never exact, but it's a good place for it. Since we were just doing one child this year, and it does ask to purchase an outfit or coat I made it $100 - $150.
Well, I made my budget and we spent $150 on him. It was fun seeing J get all excited about buying toys for him. Even the clothes! "We need to get him a pair of bluejeans....every boy should have a pair" he said. He was so cute.
I hope that Dustin has a Merry Christmas this year, and that fulfilled that 'Anything' wish for him :)