Last December, I decided that I wanted to try to do something fun for Christmas this year. I thought it would be fun to set a budget of $500 with which to try to buy 1,000 Christmas presents to donate to a local shelter.
Well, with still a month to go, I’ve spent under $200, and have over 1,000 items to donate! It was easier than I thought. Using coupons and raiding my stockpile, asking friends and family to donate items they had on hand and as extra, and shopping a few yard sales really added up fast!
I found a shelter and got a list of their most needed items, which were things like socks, bras, underwear, feminine products, toilet paper, laundry detergent, dish soap, and diapers. I’ve been shopping a few “free” ways the last week to stock up on these things: using my OfficeMax MaxPerks, CVS Extrabucks, shopping rebate deals, and using up lingering gift cards and store credits. I’m starting to get excited to have space in my room back, as the “Santa corner” has sort of overflowed and is starting to fill my bedroom.
I’m looking forward to CVS and Walgreens Black Friday to put one more big group of items in the mix, and then I should be able to call the shelter and find out how many kids will be there at Christmas so that I can make Christmas stockings and let the parents “shop” from the items we’ve collected for their kids’ stockings.
Black Friday deals at CVS and Walgreens will be a great chance to stock up on lots of items that shelters and families need, so that would be a good chance to make a nice donation with almost no out-of-pocket cost to you, if you’re so inclined.
I have to say, it’s making Christmas a lot more fun to have a project like this going on. I’m planning to use the rest of the budget to meet with the parents at the shelter and have them choose some presents that their kids have in mind from Amazon to be shipped directly to the shelter. It should be a very fun and Christmas-y day!