WOW! I was wondering the same thing and was going to post about it (good thing I looked before I typed!). You all have such great ideas.
I really like the idea of the letter about how blessed your children are...I think I will try that this upcomming hoilday season.
We too had a huge purge in our house just after christmas. I ended up givin a lot of brand new toys to the womens shelter because I couldn't return them to the store (I usually end up getting rid of or taking back 75% of the stuff). No one listens to my requests for no battery operated plastic toys. I have a hyundai station wagon, and had to take the car seats out and make 2 trips to the good will! In addition to the carful to the womens shelter! This was just toys and crap! Our stuff we got rid of was only one carful.
We just came back from my ILs. Ds got (for his belated 4th) some very nice things! Much to my surprise....he was given a 6 ft bi plane kite, (more for DH I suspect
), a all terrain skate board thing w/ a helmet, and a computer game. Thats it! How wonderful! Maybe DH told them about our purge.....
We have kept~
all the out side toys (trike, car, front end loader, play cube, 6 playground balls, sand box and sand toys)
A dozen stuffed animals...my Ds plays with these everyday
about 2 dozen books
a crate of brio train
a box of legos
a box of wooden blocks
the big ugly plastic monstrosity of a kitchen and it's ikea pots & pans, and all the wooden food and utensils
One basket of baby toys
All of the musical instruments the kids have
A cubboard full of arts and crafts
kids yard tools and garden stuff
about 20 wooden puzzels and shape sorters
the sit n spin
the doll house people and furniture (the house got broken)
and a basket of assorted little people w/ the farm (the old one that doesnt light up or make obnoxious animal sounds) and their trappings.
WOW i guess it looks like they still have a lot! But, compared to other kids we know they are deprived.
Thanks for sharing what you really have !!! I feel so much better now.
ed~ Oh yeah, and the ball popper DH and I gave DD for her first b.day! Such a cool toy, it looks like a gumball machine, you pull the lever and the balls pop out. Then you put them back in the top. She plays with this and the wooden shape sorter everyday.