We are stuffing five shoeboxes — 3 girls, 2 boys — with toys, hygiene ads, educational materials and other fun stuff to send to needy children around the world. If you’d like to help, you can drop off donations at the Jaycee Hut during one of our meetings or this weekend between 12 pm and 2 pm.
Here’s a good list to go by when putting together your donation:
SHOEBOX GIFT IDEAS
TOYS: small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch®, toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky®, etc.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES: pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
HYGIENE ITEMS: toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.
OTHER: Hard candy and lollipops (please double bag all candy), mints, gum, T-shirts, socks, ball caps; sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)
A PERSONAL NOTE: In a separate envelope, you may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. (If you include your name and address, the child may write back.)
DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snowglobes or glass containers; aerosol cans.
A huge thanks goes out to Gwen Schott, a general member of our chapter and executive board member for the state chapter, for sponsoring our shoeboxes!
We need all donations by November 21. Luckily, this is also the date of our Regional Social, which everyone is invited to attend. You can just bring your donations with you to the party!