What five-year-old doesn’t love toys?
My son is no exception, but he made us burst with pride when he accepted service over self-indulgence for his own birthday.
We actually told other kids not to bring presents.
For my son’s fifth birthday, we wanted to give him a “kids” party but didn’t want to deal with all the toys he didn’t need. He decided it would be okay to forego the toys and ask his friends to bring donations to a local organization, Kids Food Basket. I used to work with KFB back when I taught third grade, and they’ve been providing sack dinners for schoolchildren who might not otherwise have their third square meal of the day for almost 20 years.
The guests at the party brought cards for my son instead, and most of them went all out creating handmade masterpieces.
I don’t think anyone missed the presents…
…and yes, most of my son’s friends are girls. He happens to like older women! (Most of my friends happened to have girls that year.)
Aren’t birthday parties mostly about the playtime and the CAKE anyway?
Those cupcakes are part whole wheat and made with fancy organic sugar…I’ll post about them later along with an incredible giveaway from Wholesome Sweeteners. 🙂
Here’s his birthday “loot”. We took him down to Kids Food Basket to donate the food himself, and we volunteered to help make sandwiches and pack some bags while we were there. It was the best thing I did all week!
I’ll share a photo story of our trip next week, along with the reason I said sheepishly, “You know, this is almost unethical for me!” UPDATE: here’s the story!
This is DEFinitely a “Finer Thing.” See more at The Finer Things in Life.