Before I hit the store to spend the gift card, I called up the Salvation Army to talk to one of the lovely volunteers who run the toy drive each year. I always call first to ask what type of toys they are short on. I was told that this year, it seem that most gifts were for girls so anything between the ages of 1 - 17 for boys would be most appreciated.
Now coming from a family where I have only had nieces to buy for, this was new territory. Little boy's gifts? Well, I headed to the store, grabbed a wagon and headed for the toy department. I will admit it was hard passing up all those Barbies and dolls in their cute little matching outfits but sticking to my guns, I headed for the boy's section. Well, I had a ball looking at all the building kits, blocks, airplanes, trucks, trains and tools. So much so that I couldn't narrow my shopping to just the $100 gift card so I ended up kicking in an extra $55 of my own. Again Zeller's came through with an additional discount although this year it was 10% instead of the 20% they allowed last year.
The next day, everything was packed into the truck and dropped off to the delight of those Salvation Army Volunteers. They were thrilled unpacking these shiny new toys knowing that Santa would be visiting some very deserving little boys.
I hope I've inspired you to spread some Christmas Cheer of your own, do some volunteering or just roll up your sleeves and get involved! Stay tuned, Part III of Spreading the Christmas Spirit is coming up shortly!