I don't have a problem with them having the option
to shop at thrift stores but I do have a problem with them being forced
to shop there.
For one, I have a correspondent that grew up "in the system". Even when they're not treated as second class citizens they very often feel that way. These kids are often removed from their homes with nothing
but the clothes on their backs. The selection of children's clothing at the thrifts is pretty limited -- even here where Goodwill is a multi-million dollar business.
A kid who has nothing
deserves some clothes that fit and that are somewhat in style. The deserve new socks and underwear. They deserve a pair of shoes.
For two, I know firsthand what it's like for someone to find themselves with a kid suddenly in their home, living there, a kid who has nothing
. We had a good relationship with Mo's other parents and still it was impossible to get his things. By the time we did, nothing fit.
Luckily we had the money to buy him the things he needed. He certainly didn't deserve less because he wasn't "ours".
We've spent quite a bit of time in therapist's offices talking about loss. While things will never make up for the loss kids feel, things do matter.
I think it's kind of shitty to begrudge kids the things they need, saying they only deserve