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It was her idea to donate a brand new teddy bear to the shelter after hearing that she could be helping a little boy or girl badly in need of a friend, and a cuddle. Since we visited the shelter’s office weeks ago, she asks me a lot about when we can go back or if we can visit the women and children in the shelter. While I have to tell her that we won’t go into their living space, we can think of new and creative ways to help, and new and creative gifts to donate. She helped me with an idea.
What if we could find out what this shelter, and other shelters were most in need of, and put together a holiday stocking filled with those items? I thought this was an incredible idea, so I turned straight to Google, as well as to a friend who manages a particular organization. Scarlet and I wrote out our shopping list, went to Target, and used our brains and hearts to fill stockings for those most in need of the items we hand-picked. It was a hard task for me, because I tend to over-think everything and want to DO everything, but Scarlet gently reminded me of our task at hand. It’s important. And rewarding.
Here’s what we were told that women’s shelters are looking for the most – sweatshirts, socks, hygiene kits, blankets, towels, sheets, pillow cases, electric toothbrushes, journals, pens, slippers, pajamas, alarm clocks, strollers, toy trucks and cars, dolls, crayons and coloring books, art supplies, backpacks, board games, puzzles, books, purses, wallets, perfume and videos.
1. We made a wish list of everything we thought might be most special for people during the holiday season.
2. We called the shelter and asked what items were most needed.
3. We made a shopping list and budget and set forth on our adventure.
4. We went to Target for all of the goodies and the biggest and most important item on our list – the Philips Sonicare 2 Series.
I have one of these toothbrushes too, in fact. The Philips Sonicare 2 Series has exclusive colors only available at Target in red, green or blue. Naturally, we chose red because.. Scarlet chose and it’s her color! The Sonicare removes up to 6x more plaque than a manual toothbrush for superior clean. I know Scarlet was really impressed by gifting an electric toothbrush to someone in need, but it’s something the shelter specifically mentioned, and we were really happy to help.
5. We put our stocking together and took it to the shelter.
My dentist is exceedingly impressed that I will only use Sonicare products, and I think it’s the perfect holiday gift for donation or anything. Hygiene is so important, and I think the Sonicare will be appreciated. I hope to gift more.
1. Get to know them if you can. Spend time with them and ask them their names. Remember those names and look them in the eye. Tell them your name. Be open and friendly. Tell stories and be a good listener to their stories. Remember stories.
2. Treat them like a brother or sister. Except don’t hit them in the stomach if they take your lightsaber.
3. Find out from them what they most need – listening, shopping, eating.
4. Make them garlic bread and hand it out on the streets like we did when you (me) made garlic bread and Dada gave it out.
5. Give them forks and spoons! And napkins. If you give them garlic bread (or other foods).
6. Give them socks and underwear and makes sure it’s new. (Mama edit – and marked with the size)
7. Give those little things we get from hotels – soaps and shampoos.
8. Give them toothbrushes and floss and food good for their teeth. Like apples!
9. Give them clean water.
10. Give them soft shirts and pants, like Des likes.
And I can’t imagine what it’s like to receive a Sonicare toothbrush in your holiday stocking or under your tree. I know I personally was very excited when I got mine!