Monday, November 16, 2009

Toy time.

For the last few I have been raising money here at work for The Good Neighbor Fund. It is an organization that gives out Christmas baskets to needy families during the holidays. They usually give out the necessities like food and sometimes help with other financial necessities like power or water bills.

But along with those necessities for life, there are love necessities. Can you imagine being a child on Christmas morning and finding a bare tree with nothing under it for you? As bad as we had it growing up, we did get presents every Christmas. And since Christmas is all about giving, the Good Neighbor Fund sends presents for the children along with the food baskets. That's where we come in. Our company does a toy drive every year to collect new toys to go along with the food baskets.

I have found that it is easier to get people to donate a little cash than a present. (even with these tough times) So every year I put on food sales here at work to raise money for toys. This year we were crunched for time though and only had three weeks to get something going. I put on a hotdog sale one Friday and a spaghetti dinner sale the following Friday and managed to raise almost 300 dollars for toys.

Now I'm not bragging by any means even though I do think that is great that people are still willing to give when they are struggling themselves. I am simply reminding you all that by you being able to read this, you either have a computer and/or a job so you are doing better than a lot of people. So this year make sure and give a little more. Because giving to a child is what Christmas is all about.

Have a Great Day,
Greg

17 comments:

Andrea said...

You and I blogged about the same thing, today. There are so many needs around all of us and you are so right, many of us are truly blessed and should remember those less fortunate.

$300 is an awesome amount of money to be raised in such a short time, especially during these economic times. CONGRATULATIONS AND GOD BLESS. I pray GOD will bless and stretch that $300 as it is used to buy toys for each of those children.

Andrea

Monogram Queen said...

Already have some new unwrapped toys ready to go for Toys For Tots AND am looking into our local food bank TLC (the lord cares) to see about doing something for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Not looking for a pat on the back mind you, just happy that others are looking to "give back" also!
I am so proud to be your friend Greg, you are such a good person!

Thena said...

I haven't ever heard of The Good Neighbor Fund. Is it just a local group? Before moving her our kids former school had an angel tree. But here probably 75% of the kids would be on the tree themselves. The school is having a canned food drive. Dollar General has their canned goods 2 @1.00 this week. So we sent what we could. But it just never seems to be enough.

Heart2Heart said...

Greg,

Please stop at my blog today to pick up a special surprise just for you and here is hoping that it makes for a Happy Monday.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Heart2Heart said...

Greg,

I have linked this post to my blog ARK for God, as this is just the kind of story I wanted to highlight and show what we can all do to make a difference.

Check it out at http://ark4god.blogspot.com

Edie said...

Wow I'm really impressed at your ingenuity Greg. What a great fund and I love that your company takes an active part in helping others. Many companies don't.

There are lots of opportunities to help someone else. Even if it's just dropping money into the Salvation Army's bucket. Something is always better than nothing.

Great post!

The Dental Maven said...

So true, Greg. It's always important to give back, but it's expecially important around the holidays.

Amy said...

Not to mention what it does for you and your own children. Giving is good for all involved. I can't wait to take my daughter and son out and pick out some toys for our local toy drive. Even in our hardest times we can find some way to help those less fortunate...and let me tell you there are plenty!!

Thanks for the post and congratulations on a job well done and to quote Matthew "Well done my good and faithful servant"

Amy

Loren said...

What a blessing that is and will those kids love it or what!! Those kids will be soo happy and I am sure in your heart you are more blessed than ever :)

I am "following" you if that is ok... look forward to knowing you....

we have been a part of a ministry for years in our community called Standing in the Gap. They provide food monthly along with haircuts and a church service if they want but at Christmas they always allow the kids to come through and shop for the parents and vice versa. They receive a ticket and can get 1 gift per parent/child... It is so wonderful to watch them shop and choose that very special gift! Bless you

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

not bragging. It's inspiring to others and triggers a desire to give, too. Great job.

Debbie said...

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Debbie said...

You are so right about that! Fortunately, we have a system in our community that organizes the toys for kids. But we love to contribute and even adopt a family.

Terri Tiffany said...

You are such a neat person Greg-- I love that you would take on something like this!

Beverlydru said...

You are so right, Greg. We always have enough to share. You have a heart of gold.

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