Every holiday season, my department participates in two events: Adopt-a-Child and Adopt-a-Family. My goal is to get at least two gifts every year. I would rather spend money on a family that truly needs basic necessities than buy stuff for my family that they do not really need. Every year, I am more and more amazed by the gifts that the children and the families request. I am humbled that the families want basic necessities such as socks, underwear, and a pillow. Here I am asking for Sperrys and Le Creuset pots when families do not even have things like undergarments and warm sweaters!
For this holiday season, I picked a 15 year old girl who wanted an art set with a sketch pad and Bath & Body Works type items. I also picked a mother who wants a laundry basket and a nail care set.
I have a few body products left from before-my-all-natural days. I thought they would be perfect for the 15 year old girl. Instead of throwing these products away, I am re-gifting them to someone who really wants them. Yes, I am passing on toxic chemicals to someone else, but I know that she really wants these body products. Could you imagine the look on her face if I gave her an organic version?!? I will save my eco-friendly soap box for another day.
If you have an opportunity to adopt a child or family for the holidays, even if you just pick up one tag at the mall's booth and buy something that costs less than $10, you are helping out someone in need. Being green and eco-friendly means that we are supporting each other. I can pass on my Sperrys this year!