I didn't think to do this soon enough and the cut off date for being able to drop off toys is December 14th. That gives y'all until the morning of December 12th to make donations for Toys for Tots if you're going to. Saturday the 12th will be the toy shopping day and then Sunday the 13th will be the toy delivery day.
Any donations made later than December 12th will go to the Genesis Women's Shelter in Dallas, Tx. There are, of course, children staying at the shelter as well and they're doing a holiday gift drop off that last until December 22. As with Toys for Tots, I will take pictures for proof for anything that gets put towards the GWS.
UPDATE: GWS Mission Statement: "To provide quality safety and shelter to battered women and their children through crisis intervention and short term crisis therapeutics and to reduce the occurrence of violence against women and children in the greater Dallas area. We are also committed to raising the level of community awareness regarding the pervasiveness and effects of domestic violence."
If you go to their website and read about their holiday program, you will read about their "adopt a family" program for the holidays. I sent an email to the Assistant Director of Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator at GWS to find out if I would be able to just bring a bunch of stuff in without adopting a family for everything. Of course I can! Any new unwrapped gifts I get to buy for them through the help of the fundraiser and my limited pocket funds will be distributed to families who arrive to the Shelter after everyone has been adopted out.
If you want to donate to the shelter NOW instead of donating for Toys for Tots, let me know so I can put the donated money towards that instead.
Every year I donate some toys to Toys for Tots. I pick and choose other things to donate to as well through out the year. I don't think I can make a big dent of change in the world but I can do little things to make things a little better for people. Be it with toys during the holidays, money for food, donating clothing, etc. I bitch about things that I wish I could fix but really, all that bitching does nothing if you're not willing to step up and do something to help make it better. So, I do what I can when I can to help out. It makes me feel good to know I've done something good and I help out with a lot of different things.
I got an idea to do a Blogger Toys for Tots Fundraiser. I got it damn late it the year though so there isn't much time to work with this for Toys for Tots. Don't know what that is? Let me inform you.
Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity is the fund raising, funding and support organization for the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The Foundation was created at the behest of the U. S. Marine Corps and provides support in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve, who directs the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The Foundation has supported Toys for Tots since 1991.
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 Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
Like I said, I donate something every year. Sometimes in toys and sometimes in money. Sometimes more and sometimes less. Sometimes I don't have much money to spare but I do a little bit anyway because I know even if I'm hurting a little, some little kid and their family is hurting more. I prefer doing toys though. I like going in to a store and picking out toys that I know will make some little kids happy. I never see the kids who get these but I always wonder if they liked what they got or if they were just happy for something. See, I may never want any kids of my own but I love and adore children.
I want to propose to y'all doing a Blogger Toys for Tots Fundraiser.
On the left side of this blog where all the junk is there is a PayPal donation button there.
If you want to donate money to help buy toys for Toys for Tots, just use that.
I will take all the money that gets donated and go buy toys. For proof that I'm doing what I say I'll be doing with the donations, there will be pictures of the toys as I buy them and pictures/video of all those said toys being loaded into the car and more upon being delivered to a Toys for Tots location.
I know with the economy being what it is, things are rough for a lot of people (myself and my boyfriend included) BUT if you can spare $10 that would be enough. With $10 I can buy an action figure, toy cars, Legos, a stuffed animal, various kinds of dolls, PlayDoh sets and various other things. $10 will buy a toy and in some cases more than one toy. I can get 8 or 9 Hot Wheels cars on $10 so no amount would be too small. You can do something to help and leave all the work up to me.
I'm not expecting a huge outcome from this because like I said, I know life financially sucks for a lot of people right now. If you can give just a little bit though, you'll be making some faceless nameless little child happy.
And yes, I know Christmas isn't about the toys and other presents but imagine being 7 and not looking forward to waking up Christmas morning because Santa couldn't bring you anything this year. It's a bummer.
If you want, please feel free to post about this on your blog with links and send people over. I would appreciate that quite a bit. If you do pimp this post out on your blog, email me after you do so with the post link so I can include you in a post that's to come later on.