Mumbling Mommy

By Maddie

I know it’s a bit late but the end of my holiday season was hectic!

Rejected Mini Cooper, via Target

As I
admitted before, I purchased way, way too much stuff for my 3 year old for
Christmas. Amazon sucked me in. So did Target. And Toys R Us.

So I took
to heart a comment from a reader, and decided it was a great idea to donate some
of the things I purchased. I packed up a good size box of play food, art
supplies, toy cars and several other things. My husband and I agreed that we
would like to donate to a local cause, so we chose the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. I had to work on the day my contact requested we drop the toys off, so
my husband very nicely drove it over for me. He was in total agreement that I
had purchased too much, and also agreed that it was not worth the time/hassle to
ship everything back. I think it made us both feel really good to give even just
a few things to kids who needed them way, way more than ours.

My little
boy still got way, way more than he needed for Christmas, including a rejected
Powerwheels Mini Cooper that Jack is completely terrified of. However, I think I
learned a valuable lesson. Next year I will both cut back on my shopping as well
as plan to make a donation to the shelter from the get-go.

The other
great thing that came of this is that my husband and I decided that we can
afford to donate more often to the shelter. While they don’t take used
donations, they are always in need of inexpensive things, such as toiletries. We
are going to try to make a run to Target or Walgreens once a month and pick up
whatever is on sale. I want to have Jack go with us, too. While it has been
overwhelming in the past for him to donate his toys (that’s a story for another
day!) I think he could understand giving toothbrushes and shampoo to those who
are less fortunate than we are.

The whole experience was a little
humbling, to be honest. While we often feel broke (and I occasionally hit my mom
up for money, hi mom!), that doesn’t change the fact that I am lying on a
comfortable couch in my heated house, watching an entirely too large television.
Many people wish to be as “broke” as we are. We are going to really work on
doing more for those around us.

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