Time To Give Gifts to the Children! November 18, 2010 10:00 AM   Subscribe

The time has come to give gifts for the Metafilter Cares Holiday Gift Drive! Please step right in to find out how you can help...

As we did last year, we're fulfilling requests from the NYCares Winter Wishes program. We are providing gifts for 23 children and 2 adults. The letters, as always, are darling and heartbreaking (the one that really got me was the 11-year old girl who said, "My winter wish is to get a new pair of converse shoes, size 6, because I wear the same shoes every day.")

I have posted the requests from the letters on this Amazon wish list. I included some items not available on Amazon through their "Universal Wish List" feature. If you see something on the wish list you'd rather purchase elsewhere or a different product for a request (not sure I picked the best remote control car, for example), that's perfectly fine; just let me know so I can update the list.

Gifts purchased are being shipped to spec80 (thank you!). I'm hoping we can schedule delivery from her place to the organizations for Saturday, December 11; I'll update on this as we go.

If you are interested in donating money via Paypal (e-mail in profile), it will be used toward purchasing gifts accessories like batteries, wrapping paper, gas for the delivery vehicle, fulfilling leftover requests, etc.

Thank you for your generosity!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to MetaFilter-Related at 10:00 AM (108 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

Thanks for doing this TPS, spec80 and everyone else.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 10:03 AM on November 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Know what I want to buy that little girl? Two pairs of Converse shoes. In different colors. I'm definitely in, for shoes or something else. Thanks for putting this together!
posted by alynnk at 10:06 AM on November 18, 2010


I am in for the accessories. Wouldn't know what was the best remote control car either.
posted by lampshade at 10:06 AM on November 18, 2010


TPS, I have access to an immense amount of nice unused coats. Is there a way that you could post the sizes here and I could possibly mail them to spec80?
posted by k8t at 10:07 AM on November 18, 2010


The adult requests asked for size medium coat for a man and size medium coat for a woman. I was hoping someone might have access to a good coat stash; the requests asked for Old Navy coats, but I was really hoping to do better than that and provide something that would be really warm and long-lasting. Thank you :)
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 10:09 AM on November 18, 2010


Doh! Here they are:

“Black, size M, for 39-yo R from the C family who requested a jacket.”
“Black, size M, for 38-yo M from the R family who requested a jacket.”

One male and one female?

Lemme work on this today - can you please "hide" them on the wishlist until I get back to you?

And with this one:

“For Y, a 11-year old female, who said, "I want a north face sweater. Black, size Adults: Medium, for Christmas."”

Do you think that it would be a bad move to get a different (but similar) brand or is that not okay?
posted by k8t at 10:10 AM on November 18, 2010


I have hid the adult coats on the wishlist. Thank you for working on it :D

For the girl who wanted the North Face sweater, I would prefer to give her exactly what she requested because I'm still bitter about the stuff I didn't get for Christmas years ago when I was OMG SO SPECIFIC MOM.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 10:13 AM on November 18, 2010 [3 favorites]


Done. I bought the toy I most cherished as a child, and I signed the Amazon card, "Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas! From the nerds at Metafilter"
posted by gman at 10:16 AM on November 18, 2010 [2 favorites]


If you're looking for toy deals, here's a Baby CheapSkate post on getting the best deals from Amazon (starting 11/22).
posted by k8t at 10:18 AM on November 18, 2010


I just called the Converse kicks. But 11 Y.O. girl needs size 6 women's or size 6 kids? CLEARLY THIS IS NOT MY AREA OF EXPERTISE. (Also I wore an adult women's 9 at that age, so . . .)
posted by liketitanic at 10:18 AM on November 18, 2010


Woot! I have placed an order. TAKE THAT, YOU KIDS.
posted by rmd1023 at 10:20 AM on November 18, 2010


I figured it must be a womans size 6; I think my feet were about that size at that age.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 10:20 AM on November 18, 2010


Liketiitanic - I'd assume size 6 women's.

Maybe we should also get a 6.5 and a 7? At that age my feet grew like woah...
posted by k8t at 10:21 AM on November 18, 2010


Hide the bunny and build a bear clothes. I'm assuming that's for the same girl. and I'd like to get it for her :)
posted by royalsong at 10:25 AM on November 18, 2010


Done :D
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 10:26 AM on November 18, 2010


Wow, 64 items purchased already, awesome. Glad I got mine in before they were all taken, ha ha.

spec80 do you want me to send the tracking info that Amazon emails me when it ships?
posted by burnmp3s at 10:29 AM on November 18, 2010


If you see something on the wish list you'd rather purchase elsewhere or a different product for a request (not sure I picked the best remote control car, for example), that's perfectly fine; just let me know so I can update the list.

What's the procedure for including an additional gift? For example, E from C family wants a Lego car. It costs only 5 bucks and includes few bricks. What would one do to also send E some other Lego kits?
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 10:29 AM on November 18, 2010


Wow, 64 items purchased already, awesome Hehe, you'll see that includes a lot of items from last year, too.

What's the procedure for including an additional gift? For example, E from C family wants a Lego car. It costs only 5 bucks and includes few bricks. What would one do to also send E some other Lego kits?

I think you can put it in your cart and have it sent to the same address as the wish list item? If that doesn't work, you can drop me a line and I'll add the items to the wish list for you. It's definitely welcome! I want these kids to have the best holidays ever. When I created the list, I included one gift per child, but if we burn the first round quick enough, I'll add additional items as we go.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 10:33 AM on November 18, 2010


Hehe, you'll see that includes a lot of items from last year, too.

Ha, yeah, just noticed the dates.
posted by burnmp3s at 10:35 AM on November 18, 2010


re: American Girls Doll

My impression is that there is a big American Girls store in NYC, is that correct?

If so, I'd be willing to give a gift certificate to that store so she can get her doll + some of the (really expensive) "stuff" -- but I want to be sure this would work for this program/the family in question.

TPS, you can Mefi Mail me if that's easier.
posted by anastasiav at 10:37 AM on November 18, 2010


Dropping you a line now, anastasiav.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 10:40 AM on November 18, 2010


Converse run HUGE (or at least they used to). Women's size 6 may look like clown shoes on a kid; I'm a 6 in regular shoes, 4.5 in Converse. Before you buy you might want swing by a brick & mortar athletic shoe store to see the sizes in person and talk to a salesperson.
posted by stefanie at 10:45 AM on November 18, 2010


burnmp3s: check your memail
posted by spec80 at 10:48 AM on November 18, 2010


that trike is more for a young toddler than a preschooler (just looked at real store) but I found a good alternative. Could you delete it and when I'm home i'll post another one.
posted by k8t at 11:00 AM on November 18, 2010


I'm so happy you are doing this again, and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to participate. Thanks so much to TPS for stepping up to organize, and to spec80 for receiving the shipped items. Great job!
posted by gemmy at 11:02 AM on November 18, 2010


Should we check "This will be a gift" or will wrapping etc. be done on the far end of shipping before delivery?
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 11:23 AM on November 18, 2010


Oh nm just saw the fine print.
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 11:23 AM on November 18, 2010


Yup, we will wrap before delivery, so no need to pay for gift wrapping.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 11:25 AM on November 18, 2010


It looks like perhaps someone else was ordering some items at exactly the same time I was, so for things that you only wanted one of, there now seem to be 2 ordered. (20-pack cars (2 wanted, 3 ordered) and Thomas Train Set (1 wanted 2 ordered)

Should I go in and cancel mine? I think I still can....
posted by anastasiav at 11:30 AM on November 18, 2010


If you want to cancel, sure. If you don't, I can distribute the extras among the other kids. Either way, your call!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 11:33 AM on November 18, 2010


You'd better believe I bought the Hungry Hungry Hip-ip-pos.

Thanks so much for letting us help!
posted by Madamina at 11:36 AM on November 18, 2010 [2 favorites]


Yeah, TPS, give the trike to a family with a kid age 2 or 3. That trike, along with most trikes, "expires" at age 5. But I saw it at the store and wouldn't get it for my 2 year old, cuz it looked like he'd outgrow it in a minute.

- I'd go with this bike or this bike with training wheels first - for greater longevity.

- But if you really want to stick with a trike, this looks a little better in terms of size (but still 'expires' at age 5.)

And let's get a helmet too! (My kid has this one and it is the cheapest.)
posted by k8t at 11:46 AM on November 18, 2010


I'm a 6 in regular shoes, 4.5 in Converse.

That's the differential between women's and men's sizes, actually.

In Converse, I wear a 9 1/2 women's and 8 men's, depending on the style. I certainly don't wear an 8 women's. Maybe you're forgetting that you bought a style that was sized in men's sizes?
posted by Sidhedevil at 11:53 AM on November 18, 2010


When I created the list, I included one gift per child, but if we burn the first round quick enough, I'll add additional items as we go.


Are there more clothes on that list? I have a large amount of Gap credit, which I'd like to use. (I realize that makes me scrooge like, but ... I dont have much else to use it on). I'd love to be able to take care of any clothing related needs that havent already been met
posted by darsh at 11:55 AM on November 18, 2010


I'm going to buy that baseball glove, but the kid clearly needs a bat and a ball to go with it. While I'm cool on the ball, what size bat would the average 9 year old use? Louisville's start at 26 inches for youth.
posted by zizzle at 11:56 AM on November 18, 2010


Darsh, what about a plethora of hats, mittens, etc. from Old Navy?
posted by k8t at 11:59 AM on November 18, 2010


A kid's size 6 is teeny. The four-year-olds I know wear kids 11s and 12s. They must be adult sizes for the Converse.
posted by The corpse in the library at 12:00 PM on November 18, 2010


darsh, let me review the letters and get back to you. I believe they all have clothing sizes listed, and some kids mentioned clothes in addition to the toys.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:02 PM on November 18, 2010


ThePinkSuperhero - sounds good, thanks.

k8t - good thought. if there's not a lot of specific clothing items in the letters, I can do a load of scarves, hats etc.

Thanks!
posted by darsh at 12:06 PM on November 18, 2010


If you want to cancel, sure. If you don't, I can distribute the extras among the other kids. Either way, your call!

No, that's fine -- so long as all of the items will find a home. Thomas stuff is pretty kid specific....
posted by anastasiav at 12:12 PM on November 18, 2010


You're the best, Kate.
posted by smackfu at 12:16 PM on November 18, 2010


I will get the MLB game if no one else has claimed it. Go, Yankees! Go, NYCares and ThePinkSuperhero for setting this up!
posted by mlle valentine at 12:17 PM on November 18, 2010


What a job you guys have done on the list! I'm going to add a second round of gifts tonight :D
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:21 PM on November 18, 2010


I love warm fuzzy holiday feelings!
posted by ChuraChura at 12:33 PM on November 18, 2010


Metal Gear Solid? Comin' your way, kid.

:D
posted by functionequalsform at 12:42 PM on November 18, 2010


(Metal Gear Solid is a video game, right? Is this something you'd have to own a ____ for?)
posted by functionequalsform at 12:44 PM on November 18, 2010


... two items left ...
posted by anastasiav at 12:46 PM on November 18, 2010


TPS, I'm a nerd for toy deals. Here are some ideas, generally.


For all ages - art supplies!

For 3-5 year old boys, GeoTrax and Imaginext and Trio and Kota dinosaurs are popular


And, darsh, if you can wait until Black Friday, Old Navy will have some mega deals - online too.
posted by k8t at 12:48 PM on November 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Man that list went fast. I picked up the Naruto game and I'll check in again later tonight for the second round of gifting... this is so much fun!
posted by Julnyes at 12:58 PM on November 18, 2010


You New Yorkers have to pay sales tax at Amazon? That sucks.
posted by smackfu at 1:26 PM on November 18, 2010


Here's a good train set deal at Amazon for an under 5 year old.
posted by k8t at 1:34 PM on November 18, 2010


if anyone in new orleans wants to do something locally, you can contact the noaids task force. you can send an email to holidaywishesnatf@gmail.com and indicate Holiday Wishes in the subject line, or you can call the office @ 504-821-2601, extension 292, and talk to mark. i have a family of 6; 4 kids under the age of 5. last year all the mother asked for were clothes & underwear for the kids, and underwear for herself. it damn near broke my heart. at least this year she also asked for a toy for each of the older 3 children, and a blanket for the baby.

congratulations to everyone who does what he or she can to help those less fortunate, and may the universe smile on those who desperately want to help, but fall closer to the 'need help' than 'can help' category.
posted by msconduct at 3:04 PM on November 18, 2010


YAY! I didn't notice this before now but, I am broke anyway.

Need any help wrapping? Carrying? Mailing? I'm in NYC and unemployed (and not TOO sketchy).
posted by the young rope-rider at 4:10 PM on November 18, 2010


I agree with the young rope-rider upthread that there should be a wrapping party, and I would be totally down for that.
posted by TrishaLynn at 4:51 PM on November 18, 2010


First batch of 2nd round gifts are up! More to follow.

I like the idea of a wrapping party, and I'll talk to spec80 to see if we can make it happen.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:07 PM on November 18, 2010


Old-school FP chatter phone on the way ...
posted by Lulu's Pink Converse at 6:48 PM on November 18, 2010


Build a Bears for twins ordered and on their way-this is such a good idea and so easy to do with the wishlist thing. Thanks for organizing this!
posted by supercapitalist at 7:10 PM on November 18, 2010


UGG Classic Short for Women in Black

I like how TPS has begun adding the gifts she'd like for Christmas to our NYCares Wish list.
posted by gman at 7:20 PM on November 18, 2010 [2 favorites]


Haaaa, gman, beat me to explaining some of the more expensive list items. I'm adding the 2nd round of gifts, and some of the kids had requested a 2nd, more expensive item. Seeing as how I have yet to even come close to hitting the ceiling in my understanding of the depth of Mefi generosity, I've decided not to censor any of the 2nd round requests for price limitations. We'll see what happens. If nobody buys the more expensive items, we'll figure something else out for those kids.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:25 PM on November 18, 2010


You know the kids that really tick me off? The nice, polite kids who only requested one thing. THINK BIG, CHILDREN.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:40 PM on November 18, 2010 [5 favorites]


Yeah, that kid who wanted the glove? I had absolutely no freaking choice but to get him a bat and some balls. I mean, c'mon! He should have known better to ask for more.

Also, mlle valentine, I think we bought something for the same kid. I think that somehow makes us related!
posted by zizzle at 7:58 PM on November 18, 2010


Also, I can't promise that I won't buy something for some other kids. I mean, I'm trying, but I just can't, so if I post an AskMe about spending too much on Christmas gifts, you'll know why.
posted by zizzle at 8:02 PM on November 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


TPS - for 3 yr old that likes music how about some instruments?

Here's Babycheapskate's list for that age with music:
http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&x=0&ref_=nb_sb_noss&y=0&field-keywords=musical%20instruments&url=search-alias%3Dtoys-and-games&linkCode=shr&camp=213733&creative=393193&tag=babycheap-20

The Melissa and Doug Band in a Box = great
posted by k8t at 8:03 PM on November 18, 2010


TOYS TOYS TOYS YAAAAAAAAAY
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:13 PM on November 18, 2010


drum kits are like $200. Found this one on sale for $80. Not sure on shipping: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003H8ZN8G/ref=mp_s_a_10?qid=1290140440&sr=8-10

that band in a box would be great for 3-year-old M too.
posted by k8t at 8:24 PM on November 18, 2010


My kids have the M&D band in a box and it ROCKS. I have given it as a gift more than once.

If you need a bunch of them, put 'em on the list. I'll for sure send one of those too!
posted by Lulu's Pink Converse at 9:58 PM on November 18, 2010


I got a train set! Awesome.
posted by ukdanae at 3:52 AM on November 19, 2010


TPS

1) I love you and I think you're great!

2) Can we start adding some books to the list, for the specific ages of kids "we" have? Kids need books, and, in particular, kids that this program services are VERY VERY LIKELY to need more books in their lives.
posted by anastasiav at 5:04 AM on November 19, 2010


...er, posted too soon.

3) If you just posted a list of gender/ages I bet the Mefi Library Brigade would even give you a list of books to post.

You rock!!
posted by anastasiav at 5:05 AM on November 19, 2010


Paypal sent, thanks for organizing TPS. Let's get that kid at least a few pairs of chucks.
posted by allkindsoftime at 5:06 AM on November 19, 2010


I got the bike! Somebody please get the helmet, because I'm a n00b and forgot to add it!
posted by headspace at 5:13 AM on November 19, 2010


Oh good. I forgot to check the wishlist last night and was sure that there would be nothing on it. Anyway, got a railway setup. yay!
posted by gaspode at 6:33 AM on November 19, 2010


I believe a Mefi member might be sending a box of new books that we're going to split up amongst the recipients. If you have any specific books in mind that you want to buy, drop me a line and I'll add them to the list.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:35 AM on November 19, 2010


ooh books! good thought anastasiav.

I'd love to pick up some of the Beatrix Potter books, and the Wimpy Kids books. Enid Blyton is my favorite kids authod, but hard to find on Amazon.

How about looking through some kids book threads on AskMe, and picking from there?
posted by darsh at 7:02 AM on November 19, 2010


Amazon delivers two-day shipping on Sundays in NYC? Wow, such a magical place.
posted by smackfu at 7:02 AM on November 19, 2010


Gah, so it looks like they closed the build-a-bear workshop in my local mall.

I'll just use the BAB website.

Since it's not from Amazon.. should I be mefimailing spec80 for their address to mail it?
posted by royalsong at 7:29 AM on November 19, 2010


Sending you the address now, royalsong.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:33 AM on November 19, 2010


> Gifts purchased are being shipped to spec80 (thank you!)

Please please please post a photo of your apartment once they all get there!
posted by The corpse in the library at 7:46 AM on November 19, 2010


Wrapping party!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:48 AM on November 19, 2010


Only found one item I could send you via Amazon, so did that. I could spring for the Ugg boots if we can figure out a way for me to mail to you -- maybe you could memail me your shipping address? -- and if you could confirm this little girl wears a WOMANs size 7, not a girls size 7 (of which there are none left in black.)
posted by bearwife at 11:15 AM on November 19, 2010


Dropping you a line!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 11:35 AM on November 19, 2010


>>Please please please post a photo of your apartment once they all get there!

Sure thing!
posted by spec80 at 1:22 PM on November 19, 2010


Have no fear for those who were still hoping to get in on the gift buying action- will probably be adding some more gifts this weekend.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:55 PM on November 19, 2010


Thank you so much for arranging this TPS and spec80! I'll be on the lookout for more gifts this weekend!
posted by wiskunde at 4:58 PM on November 19, 2010


Hey all! I hopped on board and purchased a gift card on the list. Will send directly to spec80 - address please? Great job once again everyone! Makes me proud to be a Mefi!
posted by garnetgirl at 6:00 PM on November 19, 2010


Hi garnetgirl! I replied to your message.
posted by spec80 at 7:21 PM on November 19, 2010


Ok, here are some kids I need suggestions on. These are boys who requested one thing, and I can't figure out what they might like for their second thing:

*A 9-year-old boy who is getting Naruto: Clash of the Ninja Revolution 2 for Wii.
*A 12-year-old boy who is getting Kingdom Hearts for the PSP.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:48 PM on November 19, 2010


TPS: art sets?
posted by k8t at 1:25 PM on November 20, 2010


Thanks spec80! It's on it's way to you.
posted by garnetgirl at 6:00 PM on November 20, 2010


Added art sets for the two boys! Sounds fun to me!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:48 PM on November 21, 2010


Grabbed the last art set; the list is empty now. Thanks TPS, spec80, et al.
posted by mrsshotglass at 1:51 PM on November 22, 2010


Waiting to hear back from the program coordinator to see what else they might need.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:10 AM on November 23, 2010


Here's a picture of the gifts so far! The large box in the front contains a 3 piece junior drum set.
posted by spec80 at 12:17 PM on November 24, 2010 [5 favorites]


Any more need for anything?
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 2:28 PM on November 26, 2010


Still waiting to here back from the program coordinator. Hoping I can catch him in the next 3-4 days.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:55 AM on November 27, 2010


ZOMG! There's the bat I bought!!

HOORAY!!!!

Now who's going to make sure the kid goes out and practice so he can bring it at little league try outs in a few months?
posted by zizzle at 9:32 AM on November 29, 2010


Ooh... just discovered the list is empty now. If we order physical Amazon.com gift cards, would they still get to spec80's place in time?
posted by TrishaLynn at 2:17 PM on November 29, 2010


Probably. Hoping to have more stuff on the list in the next few days, though.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:03 PM on November 29, 2010


Spoke to the organization head yesterday- he was very thankful for our efforts, and confirmed we should be able to deliver everything on 12/11. I asked if they needed anything beyond the gifts requested, and he demurred. We have a few kids at another organization, so I'm waiting to see if they have any needs.

Also, anyone have a large car we could use to deliver gifts on Saturday, 12/11? Please drop me a line!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:03 PM on December 1, 2010


I asked if they needed anything beyond the gifts requested, and he demurred.

I'm honestly shocked.

On the front page of their website are the following two links:

"Purchase a $25 gift card for a local domestic violence shelter. These gift cards will allow each parent the opportunity to buy their child exactly what they want for the holidays."
Link for Gift Cards (Target)

"purchase a gift for a NYC shelter that is providing victims of domestic violence, child abuse, human trafficking, rape and sexual assault, as well as homeless youth and families of homicide victims, with a wide range of comprehensive support. With your help, they can also provide them with a toy this holiday season."
Link for NYC Shelter Gifts (Toys 'r' Us)

I feel like the users here could polish off the bulk of that Toys 'r' Us link in pretty short order. Maybe just add a little gift card that reads "with love from Metafilter?" Not as cool as the big pile of presents at spec80's, but does just as much good.

TPS, you're terrific!! I wish I could help as much as you are!
posted by anastasiav at 2:52 PM on December 1, 2010


Awww, well I couldn't do it without all of you. SCHMOOPY BOOPY BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO :D
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:06 PM on December 1, 2010


Wrapping party is Saturday! WOOHOO!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:58 AM on December 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


more pictures please!
posted by darsh at 9:01 AM on December 9, 2010


I will post more after the wrapping party.
posted by spec80 at 4:36 PM on December 9, 2010


Ka-chow!
posted by spec80 at 1:29 PM on December 11, 2010


The bulk of the gifts have been delivered to Brooklyn! We have about 3 boxes to deliver to the Bronx; if anyone has a car and would be able to pick up in Manhattan and do a dropoff, let me know. Otherwise, we'll mail them.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:57 PM on December 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


All toys have been delivered! HO HO HO HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 11:53 AM on December 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Yay, thanks again and it was nice to see you all!
posted by the young rope-rider at 12:36 PM on December 17, 2010


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