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Old 12-23-2013, 08:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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A girl I went to highschool with was robbed at a gas station over the weekend. She was walking out with her 5-year old autistic son, and the SOB ran up behind her, pushed the kid over, then when she went to catch him he pushed her over and grabbed her wallet. She was carrying all of her Christmas money in cash to go Christmas shopping.

She has had an incredibly positive attitude, but said "he thinks Santa is cancelling Christmas and doesn't understand why mommy can't get him anything."

I would like to help out... if I knew where she lived, I would wrap up some toys and drop them off anonymously. But... I don't. Is it appropriate to ask if I can help?
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Old 12-23-2013, 08:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Not sure what your question is? Appropriate to ask your friend if you can help her?
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Old 12-23-2013, 08:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Not sure what your question is? Appropriate to ask your friend if you can help her?
Yeah, and the most tactful way of doing it. Sorry I'm not very good with this sort of thing... She's the kind of person that would very much avoid taking handouts, so I don't want to insult her by asking if she needs help.
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Old 12-23-2013, 08:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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That's horrible. I am glad that at least nobody was hurt.

You know her better than any of us, but I would think she would be touched by your concern and offer to help.




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If you can remember a time when someone helped YOU out it could make a good segue to the conversation....that we all get hit with hard times.....then ask her to simply "pass it on" when she can.

I still remember a Christmas when my husband lost his job. Thankfully the kids were young and we were able to recycle toys creatively but we did not have a tree and a neighbor came over and slipped me $25 on Christmas Eve to go to the tree lot and buy one..........that was the most special tree ever.
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Old 12-23-2013, 10:02 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Ask her for her address, you want to send her a Christmas card.
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Old 12-23-2013, 10:04 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Can you just find out were she lives? if you can, wrap up some stuff and drop it off her her. I would not know how to ask if she needed help either, i guess i would just casually find out were she is and drop off stuff.
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I agree you would know her best.

If you think she would be uncomfortable I would pick up some things and wrap them and drop them off anonymously. Is there another friend or family member who may know her address?

If you think she would be ok with being asked, then I would just call her up and say you heard the bad news and you would like to help. Sometimes simply saying "what do you need" can be enough to get the ball rolling and you can pick things off the list and tell her you'll take care of them.

I'm sorry to hear that, it's sad how awful people can be
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Do you have mutual friends, know her parents, even to FB message them. You could go to Walmart or Target or Toys R Us and leave a gift card at customer service, call her, tell her you want to buy her coffee, if you have her e-mail address you can send her an e-mail money transfer..
If you want to be anonymous, you need people who can tell you where she lives. Which, with what has happened may not be easy info to get, or someone to play middle man. Call the cop shop in the town she lives, drop off the presents there. They will take them to her or have her pick them up.
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Old 12-23-2013, 10:27 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Maybe drop off some gifts at the police station where she made the report and they could get them to her? Police officers have a big heart when it comes to kids.
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