For weeks, Emilia had wondered where she would be and what she would be eating when her very first tooth came out. So when it finally happened, after a long but exciting day at a the science museum, we noted all the important details.
Then I took immediately to Facebook, of course, to ask what the going rate for a first tooth is these days. See, months before Emilia's best friend had told the entire Kindergarten about a "hundy" the Tooth Fairy had gifted for her first one. I panicked a little, as my daughter has an incredible memory for a 6 year old, and I was fearful she'd hurt that her Fairy shorted her. Our fairy doesn't give Benjamins.
A bunch of Facebook chatter (thanks, ladies!) and a trip to the craft store later, I was ready.
|(It's all about the pixie dust, People.)|
And $10 under the pillow. Not bad, right?
Problem is, exactly two weeks later, Emilia lost her 2nd tooth (worth only 5 bucks). And a third is hanging on by a thread.
Let's face it... Emilia will receive more from the Tooth Fairy in a 4 week period than many children around the world will receive all year.
But, you can help change that.
I loved participating in the collection, but wanted to give more. Once I'd imagined the smile of an ill or poverty-stricken child opening the box, I wanted to give more. And more. But, sadly, I couldn't do it alone.
For the last two years, I have asked my family, friends and readers to help me collect items for Operation Christmas Child. The deal is... you guys send me the goodies, and I buy the plastic (reusable) shoebox size bins, pack them, wrap them, and pay the $7 donation per box.
You can send as few or as many items as you'd like. You can shop at the Dollar Store or Bloomies. You can send a homemade craft. You can collect all the soaps and shampoos at hotels you visit throughout the year and them and send them my way. You can also send items from home that have never been used. I promise. I won't judge.
Or, if shopping isn't your bag, you can make a financial contribution. I save them until the end of packing season, when I pool the donations and fill in the holes of what we need most. I will also send you a photo of how far I helped your money go.
Whether you help me help others this coming holiday season or choose another outlet is completely up to you. I only ask one thing. When you gift your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors or friends, please take a moment to think about those that having nothing, but hopefully, hope.
(Then take a couple of those dolla' bills yo, and put 'em to good use.)
Now, some housekeeping.
* Click here to check out Operation Christmas Child.
* Each shoebox I pack will be labeled with the sex of the child and an age range: 2-4, 5-9, 10-14. I typically receive the fewest donations for the older children.
* There’s a list of suggested items (and what not to include) on their website. I have included personal items like soap, toothpaste & toothbrush, shampoo, combs, band aids, socks, underwear, flip flops, sunglasses, clothing and sun hats. Or something a little more fun like flashcards, toy cars, crayons, stickers, a yo-yo, a jump rope, puzzles, coloring books, sidewalk chalk or a personal holiday card. The possibilities are endless, and stores like Big Lots are a great resource.
* Please keep in mind that the items must fit in a standard size shoe box, so it is difficult to include large items (like full size basketballs).
* Yes, I can take PayPal donations, and will provide you with a photo of the items "you" purchased.
* If you have a question or would like to donate, please email me directly at KLPM16@gmail.com for address information. Or, I can help you find a local chapter where you can donate on your own.
* Collection Week ENDS on November 24th, so please don’t delay!