I am fortunate to have the opportunity to review some awesome products throughout the year. Some of them are toys, and whenever they come in, my kids know they will get to try them out in exchange for their feedback.
Sometimes, though, we get items that I’ve already tried at product launches and other media events or, let’s be honest – toys they don’t need (or already have).
Giving Back Is Important
Last year, I had a talk with my kids about giving back. I explained that when we receive toys to review, we don’t need to keep *all* of them and that I wanted to put some away. After a thoughtful pause, my daughter blurted out, “Why don’t we give some to kids who don’t have as much as we do? We’ll still get to keep some, right?” I was blown away that she would have the compassion to come up with that suggestion. I assured her that she and her brother could keep a few, but that Santa would be bringing toys as well, so we didn’t need to keep many.
Then, we talked about the many organizations that could use these toys, and my kids asked if we could donate them to their school’s holiday “caring campaign”. It’s a yearly event where each classroom donates toys and other items (food, clothing, diapers, etc) to a local women’s shelter and community centre. They were thrilled with the idea of giving back to those less fortunate than we are, and I’m happy to say we will be dropping off this year’s stash of toys this week.
Writing this post got me thinking of all the other ways that we can give back this year (and all year ’round), so I thought I’d share a few that I think are awesome…
- Random Acts of Kindness Calendar from Coffee Cups and Crayons
- This wonderful website is a favourite of mine; it’s always chock full of fun ideas for kids… and this calendar is one of them! To continue the kindness all year round, check out this list of RAOK ideas that can be checked off as they’re completed.