The Story family kicked off our holiday season this past Saturday by visiting the local Walmart-no we are not crazy!!! To start off our season of giving, the kids pooled the money that they had been saving for church and decided to utilize their stash by purchasing as many gifts as possible for the Imagine project at our church. We hit the store in high spirits-the kids were REALLY excited to make their choices!! After MANY trips up and down the aisles (big sigh from Mom and Dad) the kids started choosing their items-it was amazing to see how picky they were!! What did we end up with?
6 Littlest Petshop sets, a Glam Barbie, Polly Pockets, V-tech little first laptop, snap n style blocks, Mr. Potato Head, Mrs. Potato Head, Burger Builder playdoh set, Hannah Montana Barbie, Playschool little people school set, Spud Buddies Potato Head set, and a remote control car.
The coolest thing?? Can you imagine the look on peoples faces as we walked around the store with this cart full of toys?? Some were openly staring. The kids were very quick to share why we had this cart full of toys and where they were ALL going. I was so proud of their general attitudes of giving (now I would be lying if I didn't share that there were a few moments of can we get something?) and the look of satisfaction on their faces.
These toys will be taken to Eastview on the 15th and will join the other toys that people are bringing in for the Imagine Saturday in December.
I have to say that doing this was such a wonderful way to start off the holiday season! Seriously-it was so much better than just handing the kids the Big Book of Toys or looking at the American Girl Holiday catalogue.
If you are volunteering or participating in any activity this holiday season post a comment on my blog-I'd love to read about it!! If you would like to volunteer but aren't sure how to get started please visit www.eastviewchurch.net and click on the Imagine icon-there are lots of ways to get involved in making a difference this Christmas!
Think of how many lives we can impact if our families each do one small thing-wouldn't that be awesome??
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in various forms.
1 Peter 4:10