Well Christmas has come and gone and I hope everyone survived. We actually had a fairly low-key holiday. My dad was well enough to come and looked really great, so I am a happy camper. But this child of mine got SO much stuff. I don’t even know how to describe how much stuff she got, except to say that I actually took some toys and hid them in a closet for a later date. Three kids lap-tops and three keyboards, really? Between Santa, my parents, the in-laws and friends (plus my sister’s friends!) Ava made out like a bandit. I want Ava to have everything of course, but I also do not want to have a spoiled terror running around. I grew up with some of those and still know some, so that is just not happening. I am on vacation this week so Ava and I are going to go through her toys and pick some to give away to kids less-fortunate. But I don’t want to give to the typical Goodwill or Salvation Army. It turns out that most organizations will not take used toys however, so I’m still searching for the best place. It looks like a church might be our best bet. Or the Humane Society, but they resell the items and the money helps support the animals. While I like animals more than most people, I was interested in the toys going directly to children. It looks like I need to do more research. If anyone has any ideas/suggestions for the DC Metro area, please send them my way!
I’m hoping to make this a yearly tradition and teach Ava early that she can and should help others that are less fortunate.