Monday, November 22, 2010

With the holidays gearing up, my calendar is filling with social engagements and family obligations. One of those social events is a yearly party we attend or host with a group of five other families. We've been doing this for more than ten years now. Some of the kids are in college now, some of the couples no longer together, but the tradition continues.

One of the things we usually do is a White Elephant Exchange. None of us are wealthy, but we all have enough. So when this year's hostess suggested we do something different, I immediately applauded the idea. She said she has a few soldiers stationed in Afghanistan to whom she regularly sends little gift packages. This year, with so many people hurting financially and so many soldiers away from home and their families, she wants us each to bring a gift for a soldier. She will then mail the items off.
The kids usually do their own exchange, but we decided to have each bring a new toy for a local toy drive for children in need.

I thought the sentiments were so worthwhile, I should blog about it. Maybe other people will follow suit. With Thanksgiving just days away, I always think about everything and everyone I have in my life. Of course, I am very thankful to be part of the Naughty Chicks, a great, supportive group. I'm also thankful for those who put their lives on the line every day to keep the rest of us safe.

That said, here are some links to help you send items to soldiers:

US Postal Service Supporting Our Troops links:


Michelle Polaris said...

Wynter, what a wonderful idea for your holiday party. We need as many reminders as we can get about taking care of others in need.

Brenda Williamson said...

We have a large gathering every year too. Our gift giving is called "Dirty Santa" where everone brings one present and then we take turns picking one from the pile or stealing one from someone else. Your new gifting idea sounds like a much more, 'in the spirit of Christmas' plan.

Wynter Daniels said...

Thanks Michelle and Brenda. I hope the charitable spirit becomes the trend this year.

Terry Odell said...

Thanks for these links. We've minimized family gift giving over the years, and this is a great idea.

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Dalton Diaz said...

Yeah, we draw names for stocking at Thanksgiving, and it's all little things plus something homemade. Makes it fun, too. Definitely some sick, sick pups in my family!