Thursday, December 11, 2008

I'm No Scrooge

So i feel pretty good about 2 things I'm doing this holiday season.

The first thing I am doing is holding a Toy Drive at school. I have been collecting new toys and books for childen between the ages of 2 and 6. I am then donating most of the Toys to a local Police Station that has a Toys for Tots drive.. I am then taking a few of the toys and donating them to a family that has a 2 year old boy and is in need. I have picked out a few presents and wrapped them so the little boy will have something to open Christmas day.. It really does feel so good donatiing and helping others. Especially during the holiday season.

The next good deed I put together was a food and toiletry collection for the Troops overseas in Iraq. A good friend of ours(Brian and I) husband is stationed over in Iraq for the 3rd time. And I guess, unfortunately, after being over there 3 times has made the novelty wear off. He isn't getting many packages, letters, or even email.

So what I did is this: I held a collection at school and also donated items.. Such as cookies, candy, deodorant,toothpaste, coffee, etc and have put together two big care packages for him. My class, along with the entire school have made pictures and holiday cards for him. I'm hoping that this makes his stay over the holidays a little brighter....

I know it's made me feel a little brighter doing these good deeds... I hope many lives will be touched this holiday season and made just a little better from the things I have done... One can only hope!

15 comments:

Lori said...

what a great life lesson you are passing onto your students

An Atlanta Bride said...

You are touching so many lives through this act. Happy Holidays :)

Mama Smurf said...

That's awesome!

Amanda. said...

Aw. Dana. You're
an awesome person.
And I promise you...
it is definitely helping
people. Every little
random act of goodness
helps!

MeLaNiE said...

I just found your blog and I love that you are helping others! They are both really good ideas! I am going to be student teaching in Kindergarten next semester and I can't wait!

sheila said...

Found you through a comment on MoziEsme...first I thought I'd just come check out your blog. But what a wonderful post! You teacher people are always sooo nice.

I wanted to mention that I was the head of our PTA when the kids were younger, for 2 years. We collected like 1000 lbs of stuff to send to Iraq...this was in the first year we were there. We made lots of care packages, and also a LOT for the kids in Afghanastan (school supplies were collected and sent).
Then that Tsnunami hit, OMG. So I started another collection and we got $1000 that we sent to a guy over there who was clergy (a brother of a teacher in our school)...they were from SriLanka.

Food drives a couple times a year, taking the kids to help in soup kitchens and shelters. I'll tell you, it was a beautiful couple years but I got exhausted! I certainly can't begin to understand HOW you do this all the time and teach little ones!

My heart goes out to you and your generosity of self and time. Kudos to you!

Auburn Kat said...

That really is the best part about the holidays, giving to others!

Pam said...

that is great! My cousin and brother in law are stationed in Iraq and both love getting mail. It really lifts their spirits. Thank you for doing that for them!

Katelin said...

you are seriously awesome. what great things to do during the holiday season :)

Louise said...

VERY kind, and VERY sweet!
Your heart shines girl!

Danielle said...

I am sure it will make him smile. You know how funny those letters from Kindergarten students are!

MarvelousMOM said...

You are awesome. You are seriously helping so many people. What a huge heart you have.

EP said...

I think it's great you're doing these things. Really. I need to find something to get involved with before the holidays.

Ashley said...

You are so, so, SO sweet.

:)

Sarah Elizabeth said...

The care package for the soldier overseas is amazing. I can only imagine how wonderful it is to see things from home.