Holiday Giving

Dec 06

As we entered the holidays, Edelman Southwest polled its subscribers about their giving habits, both personally and as it relates to the companies they associate with or support. Here’s the result.

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Share the Information!

Dec 05

We’ve created a PDF flyer that you can print out and post in your office to let other people know about our project! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD.

Let us know if you have any questions of what to schedule a pick-up.

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Toys for Development

Nov 29

Playtime is an opportunity not only for amusement, but also for education and physical development. Remember that the first three years of a child’s life are when the brain develops. These years will affect their life more than any other period. Children have distinct needs specific to their developmental stages. Vision, tactile response, hand-eye coordination and motor skills, just to name a few, will all be assisted by the first baby toys they play with. Story time and role-playing stimulates the imagination and develops concentration.  Art projects encourage creativity.  Singing, music, and games in other languages develop an affinity for music and other cultures.  Cooking, gardening, and pretend play other home activities stimulate growth for cooperation and responsibility.

Children have natural creativity and a sense of wonder that is enhanced by play.  A baby toy or activity that is too challenging or not challenging enough will not provide enjoyment or satisfaction.  Baby toys that are open-ended (i.e. whose purpose is not too specific) encourage imaginative play and help develop physical coordination, social interaction, and mental aptitude.

Open-ended baby toys encourage children to create a new identity for that baby toy each time she plays, challenging the imagination.  These are toys that invite the child to foster inventive play and fulfill needs in a given area of fun.  They are sturdy, durable and well-made, promoting an appreciation for quality workmanship and beauty.  (source: http://www.therightbabytoys.com)

Donate gently used or new toys that will help orphan children develop their fundamental physical, intellectual and social skills.
It is important that the toys are easy to sanitize (washable), do not require batteries, sturdy and made of quality materials.

 

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Step by step

Nov 18

After speaking with the orphanage principal over the phone, I learned that they currently have 110 babies in their care. Orphanage personnel does everything is their power to create a warm and loving atmosphere for the children. However, limited budget doesn’t leave much room for improvements. Occasionally local volunteers help with furniture repairs, playground maintenance or other handy work, but the need of basic stuff is always there…

We can start with providing simple clothing to keep the kids warm and comfortable, to let girls feel special by wearing pretty dresses, and little boys enjoy their jeans and t-shirts. It won’t replace their missing parents but it’ll add more comfort and fun in their lives. And it will surely take a load (even if it’s just a part of it) from their caregivers’ shoulders.

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110 Little Hearts

Nov 18

110 children without home. 110 little hearts waiting for love and care. Is this number too small or too large? We don’t know. We just learned that these little babies need help, and we will do our best to deliver it to them!

After speaking with the orphanage principal over the phone, I learned that they currently have 110 babies in their care. Orphanage personnel does everything is their power to create a warm and loving atmosphere for the children. However, limited budget doesn’t leave much room for improvements. Occasionally local volunteers help with furniture repairs, playground maintenance or other handy work, but the need of basic stuff is always there…

We can start with providing simple clothing to keep the kids warm and comfortable, to let girls feel special by wearing pretty dresses, and little boys enjoy their jeans and t-shirts. It won’t replace their missing parents but it’ll add more comfort and fun in their lives. And it will surely take a load (even if it’s just a part of it) from their caregivers’ shoulders.

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