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Now that the holidays are winding down, did you have a chance to give back this holiday season?  I know, life gets busy…but, there’s still time.   I talked last week about our family giving back, and the types of service projects that we have done in the past and what we HOPE to do this year.

After making a quick trip to Walmart (click HERE to see our shopping adventures)…we came home with LOOT!  We’re using the outline provided by ChampionsForKids and our service project is going to be making a Disney Themed Stocking to give to a needy child.  When I mentioned this project to Isaac’s (my special needs son) teacher, she told me that there were quite a few needy kids…and that she could find a home for anything that I would be willing to bring in and donate.  (that’s where the shopping began!)

We had SO much fun going through all the toys and stuffing our stocking…

Until I soon realized that I had TOO many toys for the stocking!  SO, we worked with what we had.  We stuffed that green stocking SO full…then, we stuffed that little Cars backpack full.  NOW, the teacher has TWO stockings (in theory) to give to needy kids in her class.

I think they turned out great!  It was a wonderful feeling to be able to shop for an unknown kiddo….and to put these together.  (I didn’t ask the teacher which kiddos she was giving them to…not necessary)  I know that she knows the needs of the kids in her class and Isaac and I were so glad to be able to make them.

As a side note…when I was first thinking about this mission…I wanted to give this stocking to one of our little “heart friends”.  She’s so SUPER special, she’s on a ventilator (that helps her breath) and she’s constantly in and out of the hospital.  THEN, a student IN Isaac’s special pre-school class got REALLY sick and was admitted to the hospital during Christmas, SO….I was going to choose him.  BUT, when I was talking to Isaac’s teacher and she was telling me about all the kiddos that she knew who were needy (so, these are physically disabled special needs kids AND they are financially needy)…I choose to give the stockings to her for two of her kiddos.  The thought that I knew SO many people that were perfect recipients for this mission saddened me a little.  BUT, I am glad that we were able to give what we did…and we look forward to doing this again next year.

The ChampionsForKids website has SO many awesome ideas for giving service and helping kids in your own community.  If you haven’t had a chance to read about them, please do take the time.  Remember, you can also find them on Facebook HERE or Twitter HERE.


This shop has been compensated as part of a social insights study for Collective Bias.  #CBias  All opinions, ideas, and photos are my own.