Friday, December 30, 2011

RAZ 2011....Giving Back


I have always said that if you want to give yourself a truly awesome gift for Christmas, do something for someone else and that still holds true today. I personally feel that the best thing you can do for yourself is to help others because there is just no substitute for how you will feel at the end of the day!!!! Having said that, we are HUGE givers this time of year. We don't do it to toot our own horn or to get a pat on the back but we do it because it's the right thing to do. If we have extra, I feel it is our obligation to share what we have been blessed with. When I was asked to participate in the RAZ program, A.K.A. Random Acts of Zhu, I didn't know what to expect. All I knew is that last year, the program had donated thousands and thousands of toys around the country via 100 bloggers and we were so excited to be a part this year! Being that we have never participated, all I know is that we were told we were going to receive some Zhu Zhu pets from Cepia and we were to donate them as we saw fit. 

I was shocked when the Fed Ex guy brought more than 20 boxes to our house the 2nd week of December! He kept coming with more and more and when it was all unloaded, I just sat there in shock because I knew how many children these were going to be able to provide gifts for and it overjoyed my heart!!!!



We got right to work, opening up the boxes and sorting out the toys. It was a big job to get these boxes into the house and off the porch and we needed everybody's help, from the youngest to the oldest!!! I believe this is important because this is how we teach our children to be givers too!!! We involved our entire family and it was such a blessing for me to see our children working hard to make other children's Christmas a little happier!!!!  


When it was all said and done, we had about 100 Zhu Zhu pets and accessories that were able to be donated to over 30 children!!!! We had so much fun sorting them together and getting them ready to donate!!!  



After we got them all opened and sorted, it was time to box them up and get them to our local Angel Tree Program!!! I could not have done it without the help of my amazing husband! He worked so hard getting everything boxed up and ready to deliver!!!!


I want to thank Cepia, the maker of Zhu Zhu Pets  for this amazing opportunity. Not only were we able to donate the toys to 2 different programs in our community but we were also able to do a couple of  anonymous "Secret Santa" deliveries to some very special little girls and it seriously made me feel like a million bucks. I wish I could have seen all of the faces of those children on Christmas morning!!!


*This is not a paid post. All opinions are my own. All products were given to us free of charge from Cepia to donate as we saw fit*








3 comments:

Mama to 4 said...

wow! that's awesome!

Sheri Carpenter said...

That is really awesome! I wish there were more people out there who wanted to help others. That is the whole reason I started blogging and I tell ya, I help a different family in need every year at Christmas and Easter and this year has been the worst at trying to get others to donate to the cause. Most people just dont want to help anyone anymore - what you did here is wonderful and you will be blessed for it.

LOVE MELISSA:) said...

This is really awesome! I participated in something similar this year. It really feels great, to give back!

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