(Possibly) theme park related gift after a house fire

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  1. DisneyAuntie12

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    An old friend (we live in different states now but were roommates for years,) recently contacted me and let me know that her house caught fire. She's living in a hotel with her three kids at the moment. They do have insurance although of course that takes awhile, and they didn't lose absolutely everything although from the pics she sent it looks like it's about 50/50... there will be a picture of one pristine closet with all the clothes hanging in it, and outside of that closet the rest of the room is nothing but char and ash. Not familiar with how fires move but that surprised me! Anyways, my point is they won't have to replace every single last thing, but they will have to replace a lot, and I think unfortunately her kids lost almost all of their toys.


    I have already put together a care package with some toys and gift cards. My question is this, especially for people with kids (as I don't want to send a well meaning gift that is ultimately a hassle for them, not being a mom myself)... would you want a season pass or, alternately, gift card, to a nearby theme park / resort in that situation? Or would it be overwhelming to think about travel with everything else going on?


    My rationale is that 1) The kids are going to get super bored in the hotel, so it might be helpful if they have a place to go run around; and 2) The community is rallying to help them with practical needs, so it might be nice for the kids to get a gift that is 100% 'just for fun' during a time like this, something they wouldn't normally get the chance to do.


    On the other hand, again, I don't know if that would be a help or a hassle for a parent in that situation. They are in an area with quite a few resorts / theme parks nearby, there are at least six that are just over an hours drive from them. A theme park season pass would be cool in that they could go over and over again (some offer 'the rest of 2018 and all of 2019 at this point in the year'); a resort would be nice in that the parents could relax a little more and given the ridiculous pricing of those places, I don't think it's something they'd do in the absence of a gift certificate.


    So, I dunno. Would you think "Yay! My kids have been through enough, what a treat and a way to get out of these cramped quarters!" or "Waaah, I have enough to do, why didn't you load this money on to a Target gift card so I could buy frozen meals?"
     
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  2. Christine

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    It's really hard to say. I think the season passes might be a good idea but, they may not be able to use them until next year. Also, I'm not sure how their financial situation is but even if you're paying for a stay in a resort, there are other expenses involved with that which may be higher than what they'd pay locally in their boring hotel versus at a resort. Again, there's not enough specifics here for me to really analyze that.
     
  3. DisneyAuntie12

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    The season pass they could definitely use this year if I bought the 'end of 2018 / all of 2019' special (they basically throw it in almost for free, it's maybe $30 more. They couldn't use it a ton once the weather gets cold but they do have special Halloween / holiday events.)


    I've thought about what you're saying with the resort expenses... I would try to include that in the gift card, but I know it can be hard when kids are there and see all the extra toys / food / arcade games (this would be for an indoor water park resort, so the pool and room would be included but there is always stuff they're trying to sell you.)


    I'm on the fence. I may send the original gift package now and then think about sending the other later, maybe closer to the holidays. I was reading that after a tragedy people are almost inundated with support and gifts immediately afterwards, so sometimes following up in the later months can be really helpful.
     

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