Last Christmas, I sat on the floor in a sea of torn wrapping paper. My kids were off playing with tag with each other and grabbing handfuls of snacks off the counter. I felt like we went through all the motions of “Christmas” but was it really worth it? Was a mountain of toys on Christmas morning necessary?
It was then that I decided that in 2012, Christmas would be different. This year, I will not blindly fill my cart with items for my kids, particularly since they are fortunate enough that they don’t want for much throughout the year. While they are still 6 and 4 and a little too young to comprehend “No presents for you because Mommy is trying to teach you a lesson about consumerism,” I want them to understand they have it pretty good and there are tons of people who could use our help all year long.
The company, Monkeez Makes A Difference to the rescue! It’s a program that combines stuffed animals with philanthropy and online games. The company donates a portion of the wholesale cost of each toy to one of three charities (they’ve already donated $45,000 since July!). The cool part is that kids get to pick which organization they’d like the money to go to.
I’m giving you a chance to win one of the stuffed animals! To enter, all you have to do is to visit the link and let me know which stuffed animal you’d like in a comment below! Winner will be announced Tuesday, December 18!
Psst: If you don’t win, know that they are having a promotion through December 30. Enter the code PEACE at checkout and receive 20% off your order.