Christmas is a festive season and full of secrets, surprises and excitement for the kids. But for some parents, the Christmas season can be a time of stress as they struggle to find ways to just make ends meet, much less think about having gifts under the tree for each child. There are many organizations that are focused on helping families by providing new toys and gifts to families in need. Whether you choose to work with a Toys for Tots, Angel Tree or your local church group, there are some practical ideas that won’t cost you a fortune but will help you spread the Christmas cheer this season. As you prepare for your Christmas shopping this weekend, think about adding a few extra things to donate to these great programs.
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Game Ideas for Christmas Donations
Typically when people think about gathering donations for toy drives or holiday gifts, they think of stuffed animals, toys or bikes, but don’t miss out on the opportunity to donate board games. Not only do board games encourage family time, but they give families the opportunities to make memories without the use of technology. And we can all agree that most kids could use a little less screen time and a little more personal interactions.
I received some great games from Winning Moves Games to share with my family and am looking forward to donating some games to our local church organization called Giving of Gifts. Each year our church volunteers creates a shopping experience where families can come and pick out toys, pajamas, games and gear for families in need.
What Games Should you Donate?
There are many types of games that would be perfect for donating to toy drives. It is a good idea to offer a wide range of games that would fit different family situations. Small puzzle games like the Rubik’s Cube Junior are prefect for young kids who might be spending time sitting in car pick up lines, doctor waiting rooms or waiting in the car while other siblings have after school activities.
Games that don’t require reading skills but encourage counting and following a path like Chutes and Ladders or Pass the Pigs would be perfect for pre-kindergarteners who aren’t quite ready to read but need to learn to take turns and follow directions.
Other games like Scattergories Categories or Bonkers are perfect for older elementary students and teens.
Whatever games you choose to donate, this is a great weekend to make your purchase so you can have them in plenty of time to get them into the hands of parents before the holidays get too crazy.
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Have you ever thought about donating games? What is your favorite way to give back during the holiday season? I’d love to hear!