The Urbane Urbanite And Friends Give Back For The Holidays
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
|My Holiday Party Guests Piled Toys for Tots Near The Tree|
I hosted my 3rd annual holiday party last weekend – and it was a success!
The sangria was flowing (until it was all gone); the food was hot (until the food warmer thingy blew out) and the DJ was spinning (until she was ret ta go). My guests had a great time. I couldn’t have asked for a better night.
But this year I did something different. I teamed up with The Apostles’ House whose mission is “to provide comprehensive social services to homeless and at-risk families and individuals in the Newark, [NJ] area in an environment that encourages and enables self-sufficiency.” I received a text message from a friend stating that they were in need of toys for homeless children staying there this holiday season. So, in lieu of a bottle, I asked my guests to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the kiddies at The Apostles’ House – and they did not disappoint.
I had over 40 partygoers at my crib and ended up with 57 toys to donate to the children. There was everything from board games, remote control cars and basketballs to doll babies, building blocks and baby rattles. I was so excited to load up the car and take the toys the next afternoon.
See. It’s important for you to really understand what this is about. It’s not about the transformers, Dora desk or box of Legos. It’s the fact that someone, a group of strangers, cared enough to make sure that they had something to open on Christmas. That’s what will warm their hearts on Sunday. That’s what at least one of them will remember when they are an adult who’s able to to give back to someone in need. They will remember that feeling and want to pay it forward. See how that works?
When I dropped off the toys, I got the vibe that they needed help wrapping all of the gifts. I was tempted to offer my services, but I know better. I can’t gift wrap worth a damn! They do NOT want my services in that department. Trust me.
I’ll stick to what I know: rallying friends and family to donate and give back each and every year.