Shopping With A Purpose

Kohl’s Department Stores is running their Kohl’s Cares initiative again this holiday season.  They are selling various plush toys, children’s books, a creative holiday book, a calendar and a Blake Shelton CD for $5 each.  100% of the proceeds from the sale of these items go to kids’ health and education programs in your community.  While this is not an ad for Kohl’s, I can personally attest to the quality of these items.  I’m no professional, but to me they look as though they retail for more than this price.  I do a little “double-duty” with these things.  I get a really nice present for $5 which funds worthwhile programs, and I donate them to Toys for Tots.  It’s a great feeling to know you are serving up a double scoop of love and giving with one action.

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Speaking of Toys For Tots, the collection boxes will be delivered to various locations in early November.  Every year they try to collect as many new, unwrapped toys as they can for distribution to needy children for holiday giving.  So, this is the perfect time to scoop up some cool toys to brighten a child’s holiday.  Toys For Tots is a huge undertaking with a definite deadline, so they are always in need of volunteer help.  They can use volunteers in the transportation and storage of toys, assisting in the local warehouse, and assisting with meals.  (Hey, they gotta eat!)

The Bon Ton Department Stores are selling Cinnamon the Bear for this holiday season.  The small Cinnamon Bear is available for $10 and the large bear retails for $60.  100% of the net proceeds are donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of America.  These facilities give kids a safe place to play and hang out.  They have made a huge difference in the lives of many young people.

For more information on these programs go to:, and

Target Stores usually sells their Bullseye plush dog every holiday season to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  So far I haven’t been able to get any details regarding a 2015 bear.  If and when Ii do, I’ll be sure to share it with you.

Honestly, I just came in here to clean off my desk and I felt compelled to write this post – NOW!  My desk is still a mess. . .

Thanks for stopping by,


Life is short and we never have too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us.  Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Henri-Fre’deric Amiel

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