I get to do a lot of neat things thanks to blogging, but being given the the opportunity to use my blog to give a Christmas stocking to a child who might not otherwise find one on Christmas morning, well now that’s neat. And turning that opportunity into a life lesson on giving back for my daughter, that’s the real gift.
Our mission – fill a stocking with Disney goodies.
With our mission in hand, we headed out to Walmart. Upon our arrival we discussed (again) with K that we would be buying toys for someone else. She agreed to be my helper, and we decided we would fill out stocking with Disney Princess goodies. (After all, that’s what we are best at shopping for.) She was excited to help pick out just the right gifts, and off we went.
I originally planned to head over to the stocking stuffer section, but we got so sidetracked with Princess items along the way we never made it that far before our stocking was filled and perfect! Each time we came across something Disney K announced, “This would be perfect for the little girl!”
Disney does such a great job at merchandising there were so many great options, we could have filled a stocking three times over and still not put in everything we saw. We actually put back many wonderful options. Having never shopped for stocking stuffers all at one time, I was pleased to see the quality of toys I could pick up for $25 even at full price (you know I rarely shop full price – LOL). After much debate, we picked five toys for $5 each (plus some stickers) instead of more cheaper items because each of the toys we picked would make K happy if she found them in her stocking on Christmas morning.
In the end we decided on:
- Mini Sleeping Beauty Doll
- Sleeping Beauty Jewelry Pack
- Ariel Squinkies
- Princess Nail Polish Set
- Princess Microphone
- Princess Stickers
See more pictures from our entire shopping trip in my Google + slide show.
We created our stocking to give to a local organization that provides support to one of the most impoverished communities in Orlando. Many of these children suffer from chronic hunger, so one of the neat things this organization does is to collect used household items and such to sell at garage sales. Then they use the money raised to buy food for these families. It’s and easy way to help feed the children in our community. Obviously, this time of year they are also collecting new toys, so I was happy to give them my stocking along with some other toys I picked up for them and several bags of items for their garage sale.
Learn more about how you can get involved in giving back with Champions for Kids’ monthly service projects at www.championsforkids.org. rel=”nofollow”
Disclosure – This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.