A couple of years ago a playgroup I attended did the 'shoebox' appeal. Basically you get a shoebox and fill it with small toys and its gets sent to a child in the world who would not ordinarily receive anything at Christmas. I loved the idea of this and did one and I've been meaning to do it again ever since but as is usual when you have a busy life its been forgotten about until now. I saw a link to the charity that organises it today on the Folksy forum. Its called OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD so I had a look and theres a collection point at a shop about 10 minutes from where I live. So in the next couple of weeks I am going to do two boxes - one for a boy from Sam and one for a girl from Izzy. People have been so kind to me over the last month donating things for my mums present challenge that it feels right to be giving something back and the things only have to be small - felt tips or crayons, a toy car, hair bands - little things that you find in the supermarket for less than a pound.
I talked to Izzy about it today and once she realised I wasn't going to give HER toys to the other children she agreed that it would be nice to send something to another child who might not get anything. She then asked why Father Christmas didn't just go and deliver them presents. Wasn't really sure what to say to that 'he runs out of time' was my lame response!
Anyway if you have the time - have a look at the link and find out more about it. Watch the video of the reaction of the children receiving their boxes to see why its such a great thing to do and if you can put a link to the charity on your blog that would be great too!