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Birthdays and Christmas and Toys {Oh My}

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The toys in this house breed when we sleep and it’s definitely my fault.  I like playing with new toys with the kids.  I like watching them figure out something new and seeing their expression when they open gifts.  It’s fun. But too many toys can be overwhelming, not to mention a pain to pick up.  Lately every month, (and especially before birthdays and holidays) I’ve been giving each kid a large garbage bag.  We walk around the playroom together and they get to decide which toys they want to give to someone else while pointing out which ones they’d like to keep.  2014-11-11 17.01.13

At first it’s a challenge – no one likes to give stuff up.  But I foster dialogue about how happy a child who doesn’t have toys will be when they open their gifts.  And we discuss how good it feels to do something nice for someone.  I also gently remind them that once we clear out unused toys, we’ll have room for something new and exciting during the holidays.  I can sense how proud and accomplished they feel after it’s done…and that makes me feel proud and accomplished, too.

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Now, Savers Thrift Stores in conjunction with The Epilepsy Foundation of New England is making it even easier for you to donate this holiday season.  They’ve opened 5 new Donation Drop Spots in the greater Boston area that provide convenient locations for community members to donate their used goods.  (Savers even pays the Epilepsy Foundation of New England when community members donate their goods to Epilepsy Foundation of New England at the Donation Drop Spots, whether the items make it to the sales floor or not.) 

The new Donation Drop Spots are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are located here:

  • One Mystic View Road Everett, MA 02149
  • 91 Middlesex Turnpike Burlington, MA 01803
  • 43 State Street Lynn, MA 01901
  • 489 North Main Street Leominster, MA 01453

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Fun Fact: Savers is also on a mission to create a better world through reuse by inspiring local communities to donate reusable items to local nonprofits instead of throwing them in the trash. Through its commitment to sustainability, Savers has become one of the largest recyclers of used goods in the world, keeping more than 650 million pounds of reusable items from landfills each year.

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