What would you do (Underprivileged child's gift request)?
For many years I've taken part in a program where children write letters to "winter wishmakers" asking for specific gifts. The child is supposed to ask for a gift under $40 in value, and adults are supposed to screen the gift requests for price/appropriateness.
I used to be a hard-core volunteer for this program. I screened letters and got my whole floor to participate. I no longer do any of that, but this year, after a few years off, I decided to sign up for a letter.
The kid has asked for a gift card. This makes me feel a little like an ATM and less like a gift-giver. I also worry that kids lose gift cards. I e-mailed the organization and said I'd prefer to give him a toy with a gift receipt, they basically said, "Kids don't lose gift cards. Getting him a toy and a gift receipt is too confusing. Get him the gift card."
I disagree. I'd rather know my $ was buying something tangible. And I think the organization is being obnoxious. I'm trying to do a nice thing here. Thoughts?