So at work here we got our Christmas Adopt-a-Family from Child & Family Services. It's a mom and her 5 kids, and one on the way. I am so PISSED at the way the women in my unit are responding to this. Yes, we're a small unit and they gave us "Large Family #1" but that's no excuse for anyone to say "Santa should get mommy condoms for Christmas." I seem to be the ONLY person here able to show any compassion. When that comment was repeated to me as some sort of anicdote, my response was "yeah, or make birth control more affordable." I also mentioned how she may not have any marketable skills, and how the system often sets people up to be dependant. You don't try, you qualify for everything. You try a little, and you lose any extra support. I can't afford to live by myself, but I don't qualify for much because I only have one child.
Maybe her parents were evil overbearing antichoicers, and maybe her husband just died after she found out she was pregnant with #6. You don't know. The only thing you know is the rundown of kids with their ages and sexes and what they'd like for christmas. They asked specifically for VCR tapes for the movies they like. I guess she's not THAT rich since they don't even have a DVD and walmart has been phasing out tapes, so if she was making so damn much off the system they'd at least have a $40 dvd player. Or they'd have asked for playstation games.
I wish I had more money. Because then I WOULD buy them a damn DVD player, because I'm not going to blame her for having children.
People were getting indignant asking if we'd have to buy for the mom, too. Like she's so undeserving. I tell you what, if they want to exclude mom, I'm at least going to try and get her a bath&body gift basket.