Each year I try to donate a gift of some sort to a charity that helps people. In the past it has been an angel tree, a box to the troops, animals, etc. This year I am doing two different things (maybe three). 1. I am giving two boxes filled with boxes to Samaritan’sPurse. 2. Christmas gifts (several) to HFBC ChristmasStore. 3. (maybe) A box of goodies for the troops serving in a foreign country such as Afghanistan.
***I am showing you the boxes so you will know an example of what to put in them. I am not trying to boast about what I am giving (which I personally think defeats the purpose of doing good). I am donating other stuff, but I don't want anyone to think I am bragging about I am donating. I honestly don't have much to give, but I want to share some resources for others to give.
Boys box includes: Suckers (because what kid doesn't like suckers!), coloring book, crayons, socks, toothbrush, match box type cars. They suggest starting off each box with a toy and adding other goodies-my toy was a set of cars. There is enough of them that they can share with friends if they wanted to.
Girls box includes: Suckers, coloring book, crayons, socks, tooth brush, hair bows, and a doll. A note on the doll: This is weird, but I didn't know what color of a doll to add. That sounded awful, let me explain. When I was in Africa, a little girl started to cry because us white Americans came in and she hadn't ever seen a white person. I know that the children will be appreciative of any doll they get, but I wanted them to have one that looks like them, so I chose a brown doll. The pictures on the website all had darker skinned children. I am REALLY hoping that this doesn't make me sound bad. LOL.
Want to donate yourself? These are the places that I am sending my stuff to, but perhaps you have another place you like instead!
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Just donate something! Make it a yearly tradition, even if you don’t have much to give. I know I personally don't have too much to give, but every little bit helps. Honestly, it’s not your money, it’s God’s money. You are just doing work for him through it. Think about this story:
My friend (I'm not sure if she wants me to use her name) tells a story about how when she was little her mom was struggling and could not afford Christmas. She got a Smurf doll donated and was so appreciative about it. She still tells that story about how she wouldn't have gotten a Christmas, but one person donated something that gave her mom hope. So sweet!