I've been working hard on this way of giving, so hard that my brain hasn't been focused on any other fun ways of giving!
But this is my favorite EVER way of giving during this season.
I have been doing angel trees since I was a little tot. When we were young my parents would bring us to this store next to Ben Franklin in Nevada and pick out an angel. We got to buy fun and practical gifts for the angel based on what she wanted and needed.
In high school and college, I helped with the City of Ames angel tree. I would call families to tell them they had been selected for the angel tree, I'd get an angel, buy gifts, help wrap the gifts at the police station, deliver gifts, be at the station coordinating gift pick-up... I got a bunch of friends together to package Christmas dinners in big brown paper bags for all the families. I was REALLY involved, and I loved every minute of it.
The last few years, I've decided to rally the troops, and with a little help from my parents and my grandparents, I provided gifts for a family in need through the Adopt a Family program with the Boys and Girls Club.
I got a family of 4. A 70 year old woman, an 18 year old girl, 16 year old boy and a 7 year old girl.
They all wanted coats and shoes, and no one but the girl put anything on their wish list that wasn't clothes! But I got a little creative and got some AWESOME gifts for everyone in the family.
For the little girl, I got her a Barbie! It's been so long since I bought a Barbie... it was so much fun.
Here are some pics of the loot. It isn't all there, but you get the idea!
I got the coats and some of the clothes and shoes at Burlington Coat Factory. They are NAME BRANDS and they weren't expensive at all! Also, the older woman and the boy needed 3X, and they were just as inexpensive as the normal sizes at Burlington. SCORE!
Anyway, enough of the random store promotion.
I had so much fun doing this project, and I'm sad it's over, but now maybe my brain can handle thinking of some other fun ways of giving before the big day! (Christmas)