Saturday, December 8, 2012

Day 343: Collected Toys For Tots

This evening, my wife and I will be having our annual Holiday Party.  Since Isla was born, we have had to move the party from our house to a nearby bar because it is hard to have a party in a small apartment when there are books and toys strewn about.  One of the highlights of our party each year is the Yankee Swap/White Elephant gift exchange.  In the past, people have gotten pretty ruthless and very strategic with how they select their gifts in order to get something solid.  This year, thought, I wanted to do something a little differently.  When I sent out the invitation for the party, I asked everyone if they would like to replace purchasing a gift for the Yankee Swap and instead bring a toy so that we could donate them to Toys For Tots.  My request was met with overwhelming agreement as people were more than happy to help with a random act.  So today, for my random act of kindness, I collected toys for the Toys For Tots program.  Toys For Tots, run since by the United States Marine Corps Reserve, collects new, unwrapped toys and distributes them to the children of less fortunate families.  This is as much for the children as it is for the parents as it really helps them through what would otherwise be a difficult time/situation.

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