It's a beautiful idea, and one I've done ever since I turned old enough to drive and thus old enough to make such decisions for myself. But I'm worried how things like that will turn out this particular Christmas, what with the whole end of the economic world and all. Bailouts, stock market crashes, one Wall Street disaster after another. People barely have money to buy presents for their own families, much less kids that don't have families.
But! I have an idea!
Instead of an Angel Tree, I propose that this year, someone set up a Demon Tree instead. My proposal would consist of an identical tree, set up either in place of or directly beside the aforementioned Angel Tree. The paper ornaments would each have the name of a convict on the back. To adopt one of these 'demons', you'd have to make a monetary donation, but after doing so you'd be the one allowed to throw the switch during their execution. Someone's got to work the electric chair, and by renting out that duty we could raise some extra funds to help out in this time of need.
Maybe we could even liven things up, throw in some old classics like the guillotine or firing squad. But that's beside the point. The American taxpayers are already financially stressed. We're already unable to pay our own bills. And we're having to pay for 'three hots and a cot' for so many people in our over-crowded prison system. If we reduce that number the savings would be significant. And if we raise funds at the same time, it's win/win.
I think that'd be a fine idea. So please, people. Find it in your hearts to donate. It is the giving season after all.