Mom doesn't want to give daughters false hope for holidays

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by Sybil Hoffman

azfamily.com

Posted on December 14, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 14 at 3:23 PM

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Christmas isn't too far away, but there are still thousands of unclaimed Christmas Angel tags. There are two Valley sisters who are hopeful someone will pick their tags.

It doesn't take much to entertain Kilee and Kiara Randel. In fact, the sisters don't have a long Christmas wish list.

Five-year-old Kilee told us she wants a Barbie and a mermaid. Her 6-year-old sister, Kiara, wants clothes, shoes and jackets.

But this year, money is tight.

"I started working at the school a few months ago and I only make about 25 hours a paycheck," said their mother, Charity Alford.

So Charity has decided not to put up any holiday decorations. Not even a tree.

"We didn't want to give them false hope for anything," she said.

When Charity tried to explain the situation in a way her daughters would understand, it kind of backfired.

"Mommies and daddies give Santa money to help him get the stuff to help him build the toys," Charity said. "My oldest said, 'Well, why can't you just write him a letter and tell him we'll pay him back?' I didn't know what to say to that."

"I'll tell you there are stories all over the Valley of people who have never had to do this before, but this year they have to come to the Salvation Army and other organizations like us," said Col. Olin Hogan from the Salvation Army.

"I just want them to be able to get clothes," Charity said. "My oldest, she's growing. Every time we get clothes, two weeks later she's grown out of them."

Even if no one picks Kiara's and Kilee's Christmas Angel tags, Charity said, "I told them that the main thing about Christmas is that families are together."

 
 

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