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Using Toys To Touch Others

Organizing Toys Gives Back This Holiday Season

After leaving my organizing appointment yesterday, I was reminded Christmas is right around the corner. Yes we have about nine weeks, but it will be here sooner than we realize. The family I was organizing with decided to clean out three closets. In each we found brand new unopened toys and gifts their two boys have received over the years. For one reason or another, they were just never opened and never used. This is quite common; they are not the only family that has extra brand news toys. Perhaps you can relate. After organizing the clients, it reminded me to be grateful we live in such a rich country with so many opportunities and blessings. At the same time, it gave us an opportunity to pass these gifts on to children who don’t have as much as we do. So instead of firing them off to a local resale shop and instead of keeping them “to one day regift” they are going to Angel Tree this season.

I’d encourage you, do clean out your gift closet or your “regifting” closet and let children enjoy the toys and gifts now. Not only will it benefit them, but it will be a blessing to you. Instead of keeping a tight hold on our stuff and things, let’s let it go. There will always be plenty to choose from or to find next time you need a birthday gift. Check out these options this Christmas season.

Take Your Toy Donations Here:

 Angel Tree

Angel Tree- Every child has a story. For 1.7 million American children, that story is filled with the abandonment, loneliness, and shame that comes from having a mom or dad in prison. For many, it may also include following their parents down the same destructive road to incarceration.  Angel Tree is a ministry that reaches out to the children of inmates and their families with the love of Christ. This unique program gives your church an opportunity to share Christ’s love by helping to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the families of prisoners.

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as ChristmToys For Totsas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.  The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation’s mission reflects the Make-A-Wish Foundationlife-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities. The organization has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 250,000 children around the world.

Salvation Army- The “miracle” of Christmas is repeated over and over again through the joy of caring and sharing. The traditional red kettle is an integral part of the Christmas scene, with millions of dollars donated each year to aid needy faSalvation Armymilies, seniors, and the homeless, in keeping with the spirit of the season. Donations provide Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need. Financial assistance also helps with basic necessities, along with seasonal aid. Many families receive aid over a period of months after the Christmas season as well, people struggling with difficult family, emotional, or employment problems.

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