I am not sure about your house, but I feel like ours is turning into a giant playroom. We are in gift overload!! Between eight nights of Hanukkah, the constant gifts from grandparents, uncles and aunts, the gifts seems to come all year, and I worry that my kids don’t appreciate it. I watch them rip open their gifts, play with it for five seconds, and then move onto the next, or fight over who got what. Is that what gift giving is about?
With all the GETTING, I want my kids to learn the importance of GIVING. I keep telling them to appreciate what they get, but of course they are two and four and have no idea what that means. I needed to show them. So this year, Olivia and I volunteered with the PJ Program, a wonderful organization that donates new PJs to children in need through shelters, foster homes, etc.
We spent a Saturday morning at the distribution center where we were assigned a shelter that needed 300 assorted pjs. We sorted through hundreds of pjs, boxed up the best ones and Olivia drew hearts on the boxes for the kids. We left that day and I told Olivia that she just helped 300 children stay warm this winter. I could see the proud look on her face.
Here are some easy ways you too can help get your kids involved in giving back this holiday season:
Give Pajamas to Kids in Need
The Pajama Program
The Pajama Program provides new pajamas and new books to children in need, many of whom are waiting and hoping to be adopted. Many of these children have been abandoned, abused or neglected and live in various situations including group homes, shelters and temporary housing facilities. Most of these children have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a mother or father tuck them in at bedtime with warm, clean pajamas and a bedtime story. Find a local chapter near you and donate new pajamas.
Buy a Toy to Kids in Need
New York Cares Winter Wishes http://www.newyorkcares.org/winter-wishes
Every holiday season, New York Cares works to provide holiday gifts for children, teens, and seniors who might otherwise go without holiday cheer. There are currently 3,000 unclaimed letters, which means the children and teens who wrote them may go without any holiday gifts this year. Sign up to answer letters by Friday, December 6th so they can guarantee everyone who asked for a gift receives one.
Donate Used Toys to Kids in Need http://www.secondchancetoys.org/
Second Chance Toys is a nonprofit corporation that rescues and recycles plastic toys for children in need by donating them to community organizations. Because non biodegradable plastic is kept out of our landfills, Second Chance Toys is helping the environment at the same time. Find a location near you and donate used plastic toys that your kids have outgrown.