Friday, November 19, 2010

Thanksgiving a Week Early

Next Thursday I'll have the joy of sharing the Thanksgiving table with family I love and who love me back. The day after starts the holiday season. Crazy as it may be, the whole month is full of kind gestures and gifts - a constant reminder of being loved and cherished.

A recent email from Meg of Pigtown Design reminded me that this experience is not shared by everyone. Blogger and treasure finder extraordinaire in her free time, by day Meg is the Director of Development for Woodbourne, a private non-profit dedicated to the treatment and education of children who are in great need. While the staff at Woodbourne provide so many things for the children in their care, they do not have the budget to purchase any birthday or holiday presents. They depend on us for that.

Here's an excerpt from Meg's email:

"The boys really want hoodie jackets, especially in sizes XL and XXL – the bigger the better – and anything with a sports team logo, especially Ravens gear! The kids while away the hours between school and activities with hand-held electronic games. They spend time watching videos and DVDs, but they should be suitable for kids, like box sets of TV shows. Wrist-watches are a big thing with the kids here, since they can’t have cell phones to tell the time. Also, basketballs, footballs and Nerf-type balls are always popular.

Think back to your childhood and remember how you anticipated the holidays. Unfortunately, most of the children in our care have not had this experience. They come from families in desperate poverty and from abusive homes. Please open your heart and help Woodbourne make this a happy holiday for our children."

Donations can be sent to or dropped off at: 1301 Woodbourne Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21239

Cash donations can be made at the Woodbourne site HERE.

Please consider joining me in donating to Woodbourne and Giving Thanks a week early. I know that Meg, one of best value shoppers out there, will make the most out of any and all donations.


Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Thank you for sharing this. I enjoy Christmas so much more when I help others.
Have a great weekend, and thank you for reminding us what is truly important.

Luciane From said...

Wow... this is touching!

This is my first time here and I'm really enjoying it. If you can, would you please take a look at my new blog? Thanks!

Luciane at

pve design said...

My Father was one of nine children. When he started dating my Mother, he bought store bought shampoo and my Grandmother told me she found it hidden on the closet shelf. After that it was to be "shared" by all.
He said he learned to share from his Mother. I think it is important to instill the value of sharing and giving thanks.
Kindness does begin at home and radiates a pebble skipping on water, leaving a pool of rings.

Pigtown-Design said...

Michele... thank you so much for bringing Woodbourne to everyone's attention. This time of year, moving into the next six weeks, is so hard on our kids. We do what we can to make it the best we can!


AnneHH said...

What a lovely way of describing the holidays for those of us who are lucky enough to be part of loving families. Your words are a timely reminder of how fortunate we are and how obligated we are to do what we can for those who are less fortunate.

mydesignchic said...

Done...and so easy to donate through paypal. Thanks for bringing this to our attention!

LiveLikeYou said...

Thank You so much for posting this! That's what the holidays are for in my eyes-helping the needy, not the perfect decorations.


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