Christmas gifts buy local, NOT wallycrap, Local! Read and join the movement!

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Nov 3, 2011
 

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As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide us silly Americans with our Walmart mentality, the cheapest price possible.., with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor.

This year coud be different, This year Americans could give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes, there is!Local workers, jobs etc.

It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper? Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber? Local workers, jobs etc.

Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some
health improvement!! Local workers, jobs etc.

Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned
detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a
book of gift certificates.Local workers, jobs etc.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen?
Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or
driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course, promoting Local workers, jobs etc.

There are a bazillion local owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. If your intended isn't the eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.Local workers, jobs etc.

How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?Local workers, jobs etc.

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.Local workers, jobs etc.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find someone Local who is struggling to keep or get his repair business up and running.Local workers, jobs etc.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.Local workers, jobs etc.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.Local workers, jobs etc.

local Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of lights, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that
China, India or somplace else can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about doing something like caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging
away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care
about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.
THIS is the new American Christmas tradition. Local workers, jobs etc.
If not now when? If not you then Who?
Forward this to everyone on your mailing list -- post it to discussion groups!
your city -- send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations,
and TV news departments. This is a revolution of caring about each other,
and isn't that what Christmas is about?
George

Johnson City, TN

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Nov 3, 2011
 
StoneyCrkr wrote:
As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide us silly Americans with our Walmart mentality, the cheapest price possible.., with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor.
This year coud be different, This year Americans could give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes, there is!Local workers, jobs etc.
It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper? Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber? Local workers, jobs etc.
Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some
health improvement!! Local workers, jobs etc.
Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned
detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a
book of gift certificates.Local workers, jobs etc.
Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen?
Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or
driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course, promoting Local workers, jobs etc.
There are a bazillion local owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. If your intended isn't the eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.Local workers, jobs etc.
How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?Local workers, jobs etc.
Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.Local workers, jobs etc.
My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find someone Local who is struggling to keep or get his repair business up and running.Local workers, jobs etc.
OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.Local workers, jobs etc.
Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.Local workers, jobs etc.
local Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.
Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of lights, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.
You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that
China, India or somplace else can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about doing something like caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging
away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care
about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.
THIS is the new American Christmas tradition. Local workers, jobs etc.
If not now when? If not you then Who?
Forward this to everyone on your mailing list -- post it to discussion groups!
your city -- send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations,
and TV news departments. This is a revolution of caring about each other,
and isn't that what Christmas is about?
Wonderful ideas. You take this post to the press. Many need to read it.
cc mamaw

Rocky Face, GA

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Nov 3, 2011
 
This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing!!
Hmmm

Nashville, TN

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Yea it aint like Walmart employs Americans, theyre all chinese right? No wait...
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I don't think the problem is with Walmart in general, the problem is with Walmart stocking their shelves with cheap Chinese crap instead of American Made goods.

And, actually, Walmart has gotten into some trouble for highering illegal immigrants - though not Chinese of course.
haa

Nashville, TN

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Nov 8, 2011
 
Not Getting It wrote:
I don't think the problem is with Walmart in general, the problem is with Walmart stocking their shelves with cheap Chinese crap instead of American Made goods.
And, actually, Walmart has gotten into some trouble for highering illegal immigrants - though not Chinese of course.
The hiring of illegals is bullshit..if you do your research it was a cleaning contractor who hired the illegals..much like you would be responsible if your yard mowing company hired illegals right? And as far as walmart selling cheap Chinese crap they do the same thing every other large retailer does and its all because lazy americans dont want manufacturing jobs anymore and congress has legislated it so we get totally taken advantage of on the world market, primarily by the Chinese. Educate yourself
wondering

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Nov 8, 2011
 
StoneyCrkr wrote:
As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide us silly Americans with our Walmart mentality, the cheapest price possible.., with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor.
This year coud be different, This year Americans could give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes, there is!Local workers, jobs etc.
It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper? Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber? Local workers, jobs etc.
Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some
health improvement!! Local workers, jobs etc.
Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned
detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a
book of gift certificates.Local workers, jobs etc.
Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen?
Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or
driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course, promoting Local workers, jobs etc.
There are a bazillion local owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. If your intended isn't the eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.Local workers, jobs etc.
How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?Local workers, jobs etc.
Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.Local workers, jobs etc.
My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find someone Local who is struggling to keep or get his repair business up and running.Local workers, jobs etc.
OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.Local workers, jobs etc.
Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.Local workers, jobs etc.
local Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.
Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of lights, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.
You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that
China, India or somplace else can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about doing something like caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging
away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care
about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.
THIS is the new American Christmas tradition. Local workers, jobs etc.
If not now when? If not you then Who?
Forward this to everyone on your mailing list -- post it to discussion groups!
your city -- send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations,
and TV news departments. This is a revolution of caring about each other,
and isn't that what Christmas is about?
That was a brilliant letter. You should send it as a letter to the editor of the local newspapers. Such great gift ideas. Thanks.
Happie

Johnson City, TN

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Nov 11, 2011
 
Hmmm wrote:
Yea it aint like Walmart employs Americans, theyre all chinese right? No wait...
American employees in the Walmarts of the US. Otherwise, local natives of other countries work in their local Walmarts. Willing to bet there is no Walmart store in China. Sort of ironic, isn't it?
Hmmm

Nashville, TN

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Nov 12, 2011
 
Happie wrote:
<quoted text> American employees in the Walmarts of the US. Otherwise, local natives of other countries work in their local Walmarts. Willing to bet there is no Walmart store in China. Sort of ironic, isn't it?
I was actually being sarcastic when I wrote that. And theres over 200 Walmart stores in China.

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