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Santa’s Shoebox

Not completely a handmade topic, but none the less, still be a really fun afternoon that can be spent filling and decorating a shoebox for a very very worthwhile project!

Kidz2Kidz’s Santa Shoebox Project is an inspiring community initiative that co-ordinates the donation, collection and distribution of personalized gifts at Christmas time to underprivileged children; while at the same time helping parents teach their own children about the joys of giving.

Participating is a profoundly valuable and personal experience as the donor knows the name, age and gender of the child that he/she chooses to donate to and the name of the organization that cares for the child.”

I can only ask that you pop over to the Santa Shoebox website, take a look around, read some of the information and decide for yourself if it’s a project worthwhile supporting. For our family, it’s an important part of celebrating the spirit of Christmas.

Pretty Things for Little Things – by Age-in-Action

I saw a poster for this campaign at the local Shoprite Checkers yesterday and I’m just sorry that I hadn’t seen it sooner as the closing date is now  just around the corner. Anyway, the campaign calls all senior citizens to add some sparkle to the lives of needy children during Christmas this year by using their craft or stitch craft talents and making something for a needy child.

Anything practical, durable and safe to wear or play with may be entered and great prizes can be won. There are four categories to choose from: Soft Toys, CLothing, Blankets and Other (Wood, Tin or Wire)

According to the Age-in-Action website, last year ±13 356 unique handmade articles were received from across the country. All these items were distributed to needy children all around the country during December when they received an early Christmas present.

Prizes are awarded to people older than 60 who enter their handiwork, but anyone who would like to bring some joy to a needy child are invited to join in.

Great advice from a bear!

I saw this great post being tweeted this morning on Twitter which rang so true for me, and I’m sure it has relevance for most people in some aspect of your lives – goes something like this…

“You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You’ve got to go to them sometimes!” – Winnie the Pooh