My daughter loves cats; thus, for her last birthday, she received six stuffed cats. Six! And while I am so appreciative of the generosity of friends and family, we don’t need piles of stuffed animals in every room. More than wanting to clear clutter, I’m organizing a stuffed-animal drive to help my kids fight entitlement. It is so hard for kids (and for all of us, really), not to hoard our possessions, not to think we are entitled to mountains of stuff, not to want more, more, more. The best way that I’ve found to combat that tenancy is to give to others. So, this month, we will be working with other local families to collect and donate new and gently-used stuffed animals.
Want to get involved?
1. Donate: We will be meeting on Saturday, March 12th from 10am-12pm at Wendy Park in Newbury Park to collect items. (815 American Oaks Avenue). Bring your kids to play, and the adults will sort the donations. Please make sure donations aren’t dirty or ripped.
2. Spread the Word: It would be great if you could spread the word about our event! Send Facebook messages, post about it on your social media sites, talk to people in person, make flyers, etc. Many people (especially those with kids) have stuffed animals they are willing to donate.
3. Support Great Organizations: We will be donating to two places. Some of our items will go to the local police department, and, as mentioned in our local paper, “they give them to children who are involved in a variety of crisis situations from car accidents to domestic and sexual violence situations, or situations when a child or child’s family member is in crisis.” What a great cause! Since they can’t store too many items, most of our donations will go to Casa Pacifica, a fantastic place that supports children and families in their toughest times, striving to help them overcome challenges like abuse and neglect. When we picture kids in crisis hugging a stuffed-animal for comfort, we are inspired to give. Even if you can’t donate on March 12th, keep these organizations in mind when you have things to donate in the future.
I’m certainly not going to ask my daughter to give away her favorite kitty, but I will help her choose a couple to donate. I want to remind her (and myself) of the importance of giving to others rather than feeling entitled. Do you have any strategies that help you and your family fight entitlement? If so please share them! Thank you so much for reading, and let’s go love people on purpose. Hope to see you on the 12th!