Are you looking for ways to GIVE to those in need this holiday season? Well I was privileged this week to learn about TWO great organizations in San Antonio that are looking for your help this holiday season!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas is opening a From Me To You store in the Rolling Oaks Mall on Black Friday. This store isn’t like your typical store. Here is what their FB page says… “From Me To You is a store in Rolling Oaks Mall where kids can shop for holiday gifts for family and friends. All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sister.” The way it works is a customer makes a donation to Big Brothers Big Sister of South Texas. Each donation earns you a designated amount of points that can be redeemed for gifts. Customers children can then make a list of the people they are getting gifts for, they go with an ‘Elf’ into the store to find a gift for each person, an ‘Elf’ helps them wrap and tag their gifts, all while their parents wait for them in the seating area of the store.
Having four kids myself I find this store to be GENIUS! Not only am I teaching my children about giving (by donating to Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas) but they are also getting to go “shopping” for their siblings, grand parents, parents, friends, etc with the help of an Elf giving them the chance to surprise everyone in the family. Shopping of any sort is always a big task with four kids in tow but the holiday season is especially stressful. My children are at an age where they do want to get gifts for their siblings and grandparents, which I love that they want to give. But it can be very difficult to do this in a normal store setting. This is why From Me To You is the perfect place to take your kids to do THEIR holiday ‘shopping’ this year!
~ALSO if you are looking to give more help to From Me To You they are looking for ‘Elves’ to come volunteer at the store during mall hours from Black Friday to Christmas Eve. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire for open time slots needing filled!~
Elf Louise Project is unique in that they not only give gifts to less fortunate families with young children BUT children of all ages including TEENAGERS!! It is rare to find an organization that gifts to teens so I was thrilled to find this out when my son and I went to wrap gifts for teenagers this week with other San Antonio Bloggers as part of the #payitforward service they are doing!
Last year they gave over 19,000 presents to over 5,500 families in need in San Antonio! This is HUGE!! They are 100% volunteer ran and depend on donations each year to be able to give to as many less fortunate families as they possibly can! I was in awe at the amount of gifts they had ready for the children of all ages! What a great cause and a wonderful group of people to give their time to such a great organization!!
I love this quote: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Dave Ramsey