I have accumulated so much STUFF. It takes up one filing cabinet, 2 crates and 3 shelves of a large bookcase in my office and a medium sized rubbermaid container and the floor in a closet. And that doesnt even include food, candy, and laundry stuff! :o
Anyway, I really want to make a difference with all of this stuff I have a surplus of. ( Bad grammar, i know) I jokingly call myself the CVS missionary LOL
I donated a huge amount to a mission trip back in the summer and i have nearly replenished that stock!
So, who needs it the most? Where will I make the most difference?
Which will convey charity to my children the best?
the Operation Christmas child shoeboxes?
the local freestore/food bank?
Some to each one?
I dont want to put off deciding and then it is Dec 24th and i am too late. ugh!
I have been collecting the Johnson and Johnson buddy bars with the Kroger deal ( i am up to 52!) and kids toothbrushes to give to my son's preschool. They have the neatest thing called the backpack program where families ( who want to be included) who need a little extra help are sent home items in their child's backpack over the weekend. Items like granola bars, juice boxes, fruit cups, toiletries, etc. The backpack thing is very discreet and the distributor puts the items in his/her backpack when the kids are outside or at the library or whatever. Isnt that awesome?! It just warms my heart! In our school district, i never would have guessed that there were truly needy families. Just goes to show that you never know what your neighbor needs. ( i dont mean that to sound snobby, it isnt. We live in the scummy section of town LOL)
I know I really need to pray about this, but I really am a terrible decision maker. I believe that I have such little confdidence in my own decisions that God has to use other people to speak to me LOL
Anyway, anyone have any suggestions? What do you plan to do to help the less fortunate this holiday season?
thanks for the ideas!