Last night was Trick or Treat in my neighborhood. You may have had it or if not, it will be within the next few days. If you are like me, that means that it is time to get started with my Christmas planning. Forgive me if you think I’m rushing things, but this is how I attempt to slow down the season in order to enjoy it as much as I can.
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 not been delivered to their various pickup locations yet, but I imagine they will be soon. 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. I look for sales and bargains of toys all year long, so that I can spread out the expense. 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 various celebrities. The proceeds go to No Kid Hungry. No Kid Hungry is a nation-wide effort to eliminate childhood hunger in America. The spatulas sell for $12.95, and 30% of the proceeds go directly to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
“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