Donate to the Elderly!
See The Joy You Can Spread!
I LOVE getting stuffed animals and my husband knows it. But how many stuffed animals do I need? I keep one on my dresser and then I end up putting the rest of them in a chest at the end of my bed. I do donate them every few years, but I had six that were just sitting shut up in the chest, not doing anyone any good.
What about my memories? I have them! I took pictures of them when I got them and I have the feeling of love that I got when my husband gave them to me. TIME TO PASS IT ON!!
I got in my chest today, because I knew I had at least two from Valentines day. What better time to give them away?
I actually had three of them.. and three from Easter. We have a small nursing home right here in town. I called them first thing this morning to ask if it would be alright if we stopped by this afternoon after school. I told her we would have six stuffed animals and could she find six residents that do not normally get any visitors that we could give them to. She was very helpful and told me to ask for her when we got there.
Do you think any of them would care that the foot says 2010 on it? I don’t think so.
So I bagged them all up to get them ready to go.
I picked up the kids after school and we stopped by the nursing home.
The kids were all excited and each picked out the two they wanted to donate.
The residents had just finished their Valentines party. There were balloons and decorations on the walls. I didn’t take many pictures inside because I wanted to protect their privacy.
The nurse took us around to six different residents that do not receive visitors. The black dog went to a man who was almost blind. The big purple bunny went to a woman who started crying and kept saying, “It’s so beautiful!”
This woman said we could take her picture (I didn’t ask all of them). I just missed her little smile. But she had a hold of that bear.
Do you think she cared that it said 2010 on it’s foot?
Then the last resident we gave a stuffed animal to was a hoot. She wanted the kids to come over to her bed. She talked to them and asked them questions. Found out they were triplets. I asked if I could take her picture and she loved it. She wanted to know when I was printing them out. I told her I normally don’t anymore but asked if she would like a copy. She said she would love it! So we will take her back a copy of it.
This was an awesome experience for my kids! They were talking about it all the way home. They were uncomfortable in the nursing home, I was too.. and that is ok. We talked about it. We talked about what it would feel like to never get a gift or have anyone visit you.
I think they realized all on their own… just seeing these faces and the smiles and how every one of the residents hugged those stuffed animals as soon as they got it!
So next time you go into your child’s room (or look in your own chest if you have some stuffed animals yourself) think if that stuffed animals would be doing more good where it is… or if it would be good to donate it to someone who could really use a pick me up!
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