Saturday, November 29, 2008

Because I still can, and because it feels good

A nearby grocery store hangs hearts on their Christmas tree, and each construction paper heart includes the holiday wish list of a neighborhood kid who either lives in, or attends specially-priced daycare at, our local children's home. I took 7-year-old Troy's "heart." Instead of toys, he wants a sweater. And so he shall have one. I picked up a green and blue striped sweater in his size from Old Navy. I'm also going to include a couple Hot Wheels cars in his gift package, because you really can't play with a Christmas pullover, can you?

Toy drives like this are important because all kids should be encouraged to dream and believe in the magic of the holidays. I can only imagine how heartbreaking it would be like to be young and not get anything fun and surprising at Christmas.

If you'd like to participate in a similar program, but don't know how to go about it, here's a link to the Today Show Toy Drive. It explains how you can contribute online, and how the toys collected are distributed to kids in all 50 states through "homeless shelters, children's group homes, schools, foster family services, domestic abuse shelters, Native American missions, military bases, hospitals, preschools, after school programs, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America."

I understand if you're reluctant to give in these uncertain times. I'm afraid of losing my job and am looking for ways to tighten my belt. But charities are in a special bind when the economy is bad. Just when contributions are drying up, more people have a need for their services.

Also, it's fun to think of 7-year-old Troy opening a Christmas gift from a complete stranger and finding it contains just what he asked for.

Saturday 9 -- Just Like a Pill

Saturday 9: Just Like a Pill
1. What was the last pill you took? A multi-vitamin.
2. What time of day do you usually feel most energized? Late morning.
3. Who was the last person you hugged? My mom.
4. If you had a restaurant serve you a perfect breakfast, what would it be? Eggs Benedict and OJ. Or maybe steak and eggs. This is making me hungry ...
5. What did you do on Thursday? Dined at my sister's house with her family.
6. If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be? I have such plans for redoing this condo. All I need is the money!
7. What is your favorite TV commercial at the moment? The Slowskis, Bob and Karolyn, the Comcast turtles
8. Who would you'd be surprised to wake up and find in your bed? Someone who isn't one of my cats.
9. Who is your favorite 80’s band? The Go-Gos.