Well, it’s that time of year when we share and spread kindness everywhere and to everyone. As grown-ups, we want children everywhere to share in its joy.
Last year this time I wrote about various giving programs for less fortunate children. Kohl’s Department Stores is running their Kohl’s Cares initiative again this holiday season. They are selling various plush toys and children’s books for $5 each. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these items go to kids’ health and education programs in your community. While this is not an ad for Kohl’s, I can personally attest to the quality of these items. I’m no professional, but to me they look as though they retail for more than this price. I do a little “double-duty” with these things. I get a really nice present for $5 which funds worthwhile programs, and I donate them to Toys for Tots. It’s a great feeling to know you are serving up a double scoop of love and giving with one action.
Speaking of Toys For Tots, the collection boxes have been delivered to their various pickup locations by now. Every year they try to collect as many new, unwrapped toys as they can for distribution to needy children for holiday giving. So, this is the perfect time to scoop up some cool toys to brighten a child’s holiday. Toys For Tots is a huge undertaking with a definite deadline, so they are always in need of volunteer help. They can use volunteers in the transportation and storage of toys, assisting in the local warehouse, and assisting with meals. (Hey, they gotta eat!)
Williams-Sonoma is selling rubber spatulas decorated for Christmas by patients at the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. You have your choice of a heart, snowman or Christmas tree spatula. The spatulas sell for $12.95, and 25% of the proceeds go directly to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
Christmas is actually for everyone, young and old. The reason I entitled this post, “Christmas is for Children Everywhere” is because I learned of a disturbing fact regarding the chocolate goodies that we savor over Christmas, and all year long. Many of our major chocolate companies benefit from child slave labor. Hershey’s, Mars, Nestle, ADM Cocoa, Godiva, Fowler’s Chocolate,and Kraft. Fortunately, there are some companies who try to avoid off the exploitation of children: Montezuma’s Chocolates, Newman’s Own Organics, Kailua Candy Company, Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company, Rapunzel Pure Organics, The Endangered Species Chocolate Company, and Cloud Nine. It’s hard to avoid some of the larger candies, but maybe by shedding a light on these practices we can help those innocents that are affected. If you know of any additions, corrections or deletions to these companies, please let me know.
Well, I must close for now. Duty calls.
“Do all the good you can, By the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, As long as ever you can.”
- John Wesley, founder of the Methodist church