We got a late start on the donations this year, and with only 4 days to collect everything we needed, I ended up walking office to office, cube to cube, and collecting donations. I am touched by the generosity of my co-workers as I managed to collect $800 in about 30 minutes. One gigantic shopping spree later, we got these kids (and their parents) all the toys they had asked for, plus books, clothing, food, and about $200 in gift cards for each family. From one department at work, we even collected 100 or so games for Xbox, Playstation, Wii etc. to turn over to the "Santa's Room" program that the same charity runs to allow the kids from families that weren't adopted to come pick out toys.
I feel so grateful that I'm a position to help and bring the spirit of the holidays!! I hope that these families get the Christmas they deserve in these hard times for many.
Wishing a wonderful Christmas to you and yours!