I'm collecting small toys and toiletries for goodie boxes that will be distributed to kids in orphanages and impoverished communities in Eastern Europe, Africa, and Southeast Asia. I just wanted to see if anybody was feeling sufficiently Christmasy to help out.
- bar soap
- children's aspirin (fever-reducing)
- hair accessories
- pencils or pens
- crayons or colored pencils
- writing pads
- small dolls or stuffed animals
- matchbox cars (no sports cars or military vehicles)
- hard candy (nothing that will melt)
All of these items can be purchased at your local dollar store, so you needn't spend a lot. (In fact, simplicity is encouraged--most of these will be distributed in rural areas in 3rd world countries, so avoid toys that require batteries, etc.) Also, all the items need to be small enough to fit in a box that is roughly 9" x 11" x 6"
If you want to help, send your items to me before 12/22. Leave a comment with your email address and I will send you my mailing address.