Monday, November 25, 2013

How I Give Back: Toys for Tots

I like to give back during the holidays anyway that I can. I realize that we have so much and sometimes even the little things we give can make a big difference to someone who is in need. This year I decided to give to The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, which was really convenient because my work is sponsoring a box at the office.

This is how it works: You buy a new, unwrapped toy and drop it in one of the collection boxes that are placed at local businesses around town. At Christmas local coordinators, with the help of the local social welfare agencies, churches, and other community agencies, distribute the donated toys to less fortunate children in the community.

I don't have kids of my own, so a toy shopping excursion is a rare treat, and especially fun for me. I usually go to the store with a budget in mind, but as budgets usually go around here, it went out the window. I am surprised every year at how expensive toys can be! I buy toys for both girls and boys, but I find that I lean towards extra girly toys. I think I am buying all the stuff I secretly want for my inner six year old! A remote control barking furry dog? Pink princess skates? Yes, please! I can almost picture the happy faces of the little girls who will receive them.

My Toys for Tots haul.
It makes me feel good to give back and every little bit helps. You don't have to buy a whole basket of toys, even one toy will help make one local kid's Christmas a little brighter.

If shopping in the toy aisle this time of year seems like it might bring out your inner Grinch, you can always make a credit card donation to Toys for Tots here or choose to volunteer your time.

There are a lots of ways to give back this season (and any season really) but I like the idea of helping local kids. Do you give to Toys for Tots? Do you have any other charities that mean a lot to you? Tell me about it in the comments!

Toys for Tots donation box

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  1. We don't have kids either and our nieces and nephews are almost all past the toy phase. Last year, we decided to pick a child off the Angel Tree and this year we did Toys for Tots. We had so much fun picking out their gifts! I do tend to like the super girly things, too!


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