The true spirit of giving at Christmas time (at school) Toy Appeal and Food Drive (2016)

This weekend we are putting some items such as food and toys together to take to my children’s school as part of the Salvation Army Toy Appeal and Food Drive. This is the first year we have participated in this particular appeal. If you have something like this close to home, it is a great way to get your whole family involved and working together.

Food Drive; I asked others (family) to help us on this one, not only because we only have this weekend to organise this to make the cut off point for collection, but we also only have a small amount of packaged food (a few cans, some cereal and some dried packet pasta) at home. I am amazed though at how much we have been able to accumulate so far with everyone getting involved to help.

 Food items to be donated need to be;

  • Non perishable food items with long use by date
  • Avoid ‘no name brands’ as people will be receiving this food as gifts.
  • Canned items preferably with ring pull lids as not everyone receiving this food will necessarily have access to a can opener.
  • Food items can be any of the following types of food; tinned foods, treats, beverages, cereals and carbohydrates, extras for Christmas (pudding, cakes etc).

Toy Appeal;

“At Christmas time we get a lot of generous donations from a variety of sources, however each year we struggle to get enough gifts for 12 years and older. “

I recently wrote about our #its in the bag donation. What I should have mentioned was that again this age group (teenagers) was mentioned as a commonly (missed out on) age group for donations. So sad.

Suggested donation items for teenagers;

  • Board games or puzzles
  • Sporting equipment
  • Skate boards and scooters
  • Helmets for (for skate boards, scooters or bikes)
  • Gift vouchers
  • Backpacks
  • Speaker/docking station
  • MP3 and Ipods
  • Headphones
  • Remote cars/helicopters/boats
  • Books
  • Bags
  • Baseball caps
  • Manicure sets
  • Photo frames
  • Beach towels
  • Hair straighteners/dryers
  • Watches
  • CD’s OR DVD’s
  • Lego
  • Body boards
  • Camping equipment
  • Stationary products
  • Toiletry packs
  • Art and Craft packs
  • Wrapping paper and sticky tape

Handy Hints;

  • Unwrapped gifts- allows parents to personally select suitable gifts for their children and they can wrap them themselves.
  • Gift vouchers are a great idea not only for its flexibility but also allows a parent to be able to use the card to personally purchase a gift for their child from the store.
  • Brand new gifts is preferable but second hand is welcome if it is in good condition.

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