Armed with our lists, I let the kids select most of the items on their own. When we still had money left over (I'd estimated what it would cost as I planned out budget for the week), I picked up a few more items and surprised the kids with them when it was time to stuff the stockings. Here's what we ended up with:
Miss M's items for a 3- to 5-year-old girl
|Socks, mittens, hat, headbands and ponytail holders, toothpaste, a toothbrush, a book, a puzzle, some lacing cards, flashcards, and a travel-size m@gna-doodle|
|It's nearly as big as she is!|
Mister J's items for a 7ish-year-old boy
|That stocking is pretty heavy!|
people without enough food to eat. We've talked about people who can't afford medical care or who are far from home because their child is very sick. Thankfully, we are in a position to be able to do something to help - and I hope it's a lesson that lasts a lifetime.