Editor's note: This article was written by a Townsquare Media Northern New England radio personality and may contain the individual's views, opinions or personal experiences.

Older kids sometimes get unintentionally overlooked when thinking about helping out families in need.  When you think "kids," sometimes you think of barbies and toy trucks, but teenagers generally outgrow those things and might be more interested in gift cards to buy their own stuff. Their style and taste changes like the wind, so it can be best to leave it in their hands.

Portsmouth City Welfare Office announced Tuesday it is again collecting gift cards for older kids and the public is usually very generous. The city did a similar thing this fall with Back to School supplies and the community stepped up big then, too. They are hoping the holidays will be the same outcome.

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The article says you can send the cards to:

  • PORTSMOUTH, NH  03801

You can also just drop off the cards with Ellen's name on it in front of Portsmouth City Hall. Or, if you want to hand it to a person, drop it off with the receptionist therein.

As parents, we sometimes assume that our teenagers are going to be just fine. Often, adults can't relate to their teenagers and don't know what to say or do. That being said, sometimes backing away and just letting them be is a prudent course of action. When it comes to the holidays we have to remember that they are still just kids even though they want to call the shots. They still want all the packages in big red bows, of course; they might just want to pick them out themselves.

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