This time of year is a wonderful time to host all types of gatherings. It is also a perfect time to teach your children about giving and getting. By this time most children have made a list which consists of their wants and we as parents tend to be a lot more indulging. This is the time that I try to reinforce that while it’s great to receive gifts it is also great to give many things. In my household this is done in different ways. This year we are allowing our children to plan their own toy drive and if successful we hope to make it an annual event. Our toy drive started this past Monday, December 1,.My kids created handmade invitations to hand out to the kids on the block and I wrote a description informing parents what of what we are doing. This is what I wrote:
My children are excited about giving this year and we invite your child to join them. My kids are cleaning out their toy chest and giving away the old to make room for the new. Please assist your child with this task by helping them go through his/her toys selecting only the nicest of the used toys to give to children who are less fortunate. This year we have chosen __________________ as our recipient. The last day for collection is Friday, December 18th with a gift wrapping party to be held on Saturday, December 19th 2009 my house 1 p.m. sharp.
My entire family is excited about the opportunities this event is presenting to us. My husband and I are elated at the possibility that while getting our kids to clean/get rid of the old we are teaching them the benefits and joys of giving along with allowing them the opportunity to organize and plan an event on their own. All of the children involved are excited about getting together and providing other children with their toys.
If you are not able to host your own toy drive this year, get your children involved with giving to other drives. Here are some local Toy Drives:
Unwrapped toys of any kind (new only) for children of any age will be collected up through Christmas. Donations are also welcome. There are two drop off locations: New York Hospital Queens at 56-45 Main Street at Booth Memorial Avenue in Flushing; and the hospital’s Ambulance Division at 163-15 46th Avenue in Flushing. To schedule a pickup of toys (in larger quantities), call (718) 670-2091.
Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens
New, unwrapped gifts can be donated at various Flushing and Ridgewood Bank locationshttp://www.ccbq.org/toydrive2008.htm#locations, and at the Catholic Charities four Community Centers as well, which are located at 23-40 Astoria Boulevard in Astoria, and 90-39 189th Street in Hollis, Queens For more information, please call 718-722-6204. Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services, an affiliate of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, annually serves over 2,500 children through Early Childhood Services, which includes 20 day care and Head Start programs throughout Brooklyn and Queens.
The Child Center of NY Holiday Toy Drive
Don't let children do without this holiday season. Please help them celebrate the holidays with a new unwrapped toy of $20 or less. We are particularly in need of gifts for teenagers, including gift cards to popular stores and sites like Best Buy, iTunes or Toys 'R Us.
Send gifts to the attention of Chris Colica at the Central Office. For more information, contact her at 718-651-7770 X301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.The Child Center serves 15,000 at-risk children from birth to early adulthood each year. In 80 locations and more than 30 languages, we provide family intervention, youth development, counseling and home visiting services that help keep families healthy and intact.