November 21, 2011

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Collect Donations

Not everyone is in prime financial standing for giving monetary donations, especially the month before the holiday season kicks off. Therefore, we suggest holding a drive for gently used or brand-new clothing, toys, and books. These can be given to Family and Children Services and they will disburse the donations as needed.


The holidays bring out the giving side in many of us. In fact, many Americans give their annual charitable gifts during the holiday season. During National Adoption Month, it's a great time to build giving into your family's traditions, while also calling attention to adoption.

My son is just old enough this year to understand the importance of sharing. So this year, and every year after, we're going to gather up the toys he doesn't want anymore and donate them to a local children's agency. I'm hoping this tradition will help my son develop a connection to charity, and quite honestly, he'll need to make room in his toy box for his gifts from Santa. (My son's extended family always ignores my “one present” rule at Christmas.)

Another tradition my family has is called Friends Thanksgiving. Our friends all have kids, and we all keep moving further away over the years. So once a year, we try to get together as a group for Friends Thanksgiving. In addition to bringing one Thanksgiving dish each, I will ask my friends to also bring new or used clothing and toys to help local children in need.

Here are some other donation collection ideas you could try during National Adoption Month:

  • Host a holiday party to make sugar cookies or holiday treats, and ask your friends to bring items to donate to charity or to Family and Children Services. Also, Ordinary Hero collects Blessing Bags to bring to children in Africa. Blessing Bags are gallon zipper storage bags with clothes, snacks, and hygiene essentials.
  • Ask local stores if you can place collection cans at their locations to raise money for adoption organizations, like the Dave Thomas Foundation, Show Hope, or Give 1 Save 1. Children’s boutique stores often support these initiatives.
  • As you send out your family’s holiday card this year, consider asking friends and family to join you in supporting a given organization or local children’s service this year. Most people don’t give to charity because they are simply not asked. Be that person who asks this year. (It’s especially easy to do in a letter.)
  • Take your children shopping…for others. Give your child the task of choosing a gift for someone else. Be sure to have your child help you wrap the present, if your local organization allows wrapping, so your kiddo will understand they don’t get to keep the gift. Not only will you make Christmas brighter for a child in foster care, but also you will teach your child the joy of giving.

Lindsay H

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