Giving is so much better...

Every December, my boys and I select toys, underwear, coats, food, etc. for
several children in our area.  Children that Santa won't visit.  It's always such
a special tradition for us, so when MomSelect and Cepia contacted me about
their amazing RAZ program, I was ecstatic.  What is RAZ, you ask???

RAZ is "Random Acts of Zhu" and is the largest community service program
by Cepia, the makers of Zhu Zhu Pets.  Each year they send out boxes of furry
little pets and accessories to willing bloggers.  This year, I was one of those
bloggers...and look at what I received...

(Yep.  My Fed Ex man was shocked, too.)

We'd always planned to donate to Cobb Christmas, which is one of our 
favorite local charities, helping around 4,000 children each year.  (I
always loved that they set up the donations like a store so needy parents
can "shop" for their kids.)  However, once I learned that the donation
was so large, I decided to split it up and help MUST Ministries annual 
Toy Shop, too.  It's really similar to Cobb Christmas and helps so many
families in our area schools.

So, we loaded up "big blue" twice for drop-offs...

And, it was a ton of fun seeing the faces of the volunteers when we
said we had "a large donation"!

Thank you so much to the aforementioned companies for including me in the donation.  I received
nothing for this post.  The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced in any manner.



Nicolle said...

Oh my goodness girlfriend. This makes me smile big huge SMILES! :)

What a wonderful and generous company to send all of that, and you already know that I think you have one of the biggest hearts out there. Love this. Love you.

Sarah said...

That is so awesome!!

icedgurl said...

trekking your lovely blog!!! thanks for sharing and keep posting! Happy New Year!


Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

That is just awesome! Love it!

Tamar SB said...

That is so wonderful!! We always emptied our tzedakah boxes (charity coin boxes) each year at this time and went shopping for children who would't have a holiday otherwise. I still do that today!

Kimberly said...

That is so great! I bet there were some happy kids this year!

Mama Zen said...

That is so wonderful!

He & Me + 3 said...

Dina what a special thing for you and your family to do. Blogging is so great I am so glad you got to bless so many people this Christmas.

AJ said...

You have a big heart...must be such a special tradition...

Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

What a truly wonderful thing to do Dina. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

What a special, special thing to be a part of!

homeschoolceo said...

How wonderful! I bet your kids really enjoyed being a part of that. Sharing smiles just warms the heart ;)

Marilyn said...

Hi Dina..I LOVE this post.TOTALLY MADE MY HEART SING....Thanks for always sharing so much inspiration.Stopping in to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for being a lovely bloggy friend this year. I look forward to SO much more in the new year with you.. Cheers to success, love, health and Wishing you the HAPPIEST OF NEW YEAR'S.. xoxoxox..~M

Sue said...

Giving really IS the best part of Christmas.