I have missed you all. But today, I have finally something to share again. My kids and I were talking about things we were grateful for on Thanksgiving and we decided that it has actually been a pretty good year for us. We know this is not the case for most of the world, so we thought we'd do a little giving back. We saw the most wonderful 12 Days of Christmas display at the Dallas Arboretum over the holiday weekend and we thought, "What if we gave a different item each day to a food pantry?" So that's what we will be doing between today and Dec 12.
On the First Day of ECHO my anonymous friend gave to me...
Warm Winter Stockings!
(well, socks are a bit more practical, but didn't sound as good. You understand)
Here is a much cooler video that #2 made for her YouTube channel that explains our little plan
See, giving is fun and easy!
Here is the full list of dates and highlighted items, if you are interested. If you are not interested, this is where you can go "What a sweet idea. Next!" and move on to something more your style. I have totally had that year.
Dec. 2 Box Drinks /Juice Boxes, Pancake Syrup, or Jelly
Dec. 3 Laundry Detergent or Dishwashing Liquid,
Dec. 4 Hand or Body Lotion
Dec. 5 New or gently used men's/boy's coats in Sm or Med sizes, or warm children's clothing
Dec. 6 Eggs and/or Margarine, or Salsa, or Other Condiments
Dec. 7 Razors and/or Shaving Cream
Dec. 8 Headphones/Earbuds or Kids Books (Gr. 3 or Higher)
Dec. 9 Canned Meat. Canned Pasta, and/or Canned Tomatoes
Dec.10 Cleaning Supplies, (ie: Disinfecting Spray, Clorox Wipes,Toilet Cleaner)
Dec.11 Rice (Boxed or bagged)
Dec. 12 Coloring Books and Colored Pencils or OTC cold/flu/pain Medication
It's not the sexiest list, but it will help people. And we wanted to keep the costs fairly low, so anyone could feel like they could participate. There were so many years when a bag of rice and a can of tomatoes was all I could afford to donate.
If you want to play 12 Days of ECHO with us, buy something (or somethings) off the list. It doesn't matter what day. That is all just a snappy gimmick. Bring it to my front porch and stick it in the box labeled "12 Days of ECHO". Or call me and say "Hey, come get my stuff." And I will. Unless you live far from me. Then I won't.
But you could always donate money to ECHO directly, if you are far. Or even if you are near, but don't want to leave your house this season. Here is that link. Seriously though, no pressure.
Here is the full wish list from ECHO: This one is for kid's Christmas Toys
List Two is the more basic things. Most of our list comes from here:
We will be dropping off all the donations on Dec 14, so be sure to contact me before then if you need a pick up