A lot of the families I work with are living on very minimal incomes. The kids are asking for everything from clothes & shoes to IPods & gaming systems.
We do not list the expensive items for the angel tree program. People react negatively to them. I see where the requests come from. In our country, access to technology and electronics is a status symbol.
If you have a DS, cell phone or something of that nature, you are someone. TV says this, advertising says this, classmates say this. I know from my own childhood as well as watching my children grow, that navigating childhood is hard. Navigating childhood visibly poor is harder.
I am mainly just encouraging people to think before they judge.