Have your children go through their entire toy inventory and designate a pile to give away to those in need. Personally work with your child to identify the charity you will donate to. The more your children give to others, the less focused they will be on what they personally receive!
What toy or toys did you child choose to donate?
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We purged our clothes and toys last week. I had 8 trash bags and 2 huge boxes full.
We also played Santa to a few angles we know. Instead of picking kids off the tree, we adopted a single dad and his 3 kids. Got each kid 3 outfits, diapers and wipes. Threw in a gift card for dad. Then dropped them off and ran. Dad told me about it the next day and it took everything in me not to cry because he was so grateful. My sis heard what we did and went shopping for the same family because the need is so great. I get to deliver it in 2 weeks. Christmas Miracles happen, some are assisted by others on Earth.
DD is still a little young to understand even possesion of toys really. But we went through and took out all her infant toys and a few others she never plays with to make room for all the toys I'm sure our families will get her.
But donation will definitely be a HUGE part of DD's life. I mean, DH and I met while serving in AmeriCorps, and got to know each other better doing a Habitat build for fun. I am definitely a person who feels better with less clutter, so I am constantly going through my own things to donate, and through the pantry for canned goods for the food pantry, so we're hoping DD will pick up on that and learn to give as well.