During the holiday season, I am always made keenly aware of how lucky I am. As a blogger, I sometimes lose fact of how cool my job really is and the overabundance of “things” I am sent on a regular basis. Right before Christmas (when I was attempting to organize my to-do pile) I took a step back at the huge mound of really cool items (go ahead & browse the blog – you’ll see!) and realized I was one of those hard to buy for people. I already had everything a person could want. My children even had everything already. What a conundrum for the loved ones! What a horrible situation for a Black Friday junkie to be in!
The kids usually get so much stuff, they don’t even know what they got and from whom. This year, we wanted to do things a little more low-key. First I went through their rooms, and we gave 1/2 of their toys away. I was at the PTO meeting at my son’s school and was blown away by all the kids who don’t have a Christmas. There was 15 families full of kids and parents with no presents. I thought it would be fun to shop for them! Kohl’s provided me with a $500 gift certificate to spend on someone else’s Christmas, so I went to town shopping for the families! It was CRAZY on Black Friday. There wasn’t a cart to be had, so I carried all the stuff in my arms. They were having such great deals, I was having a hard time spending all the money at once. I went to the register, rang up all the items below and was a little over $250!
I asked the school what the kids wanted, and the majority of them wanted clothes! I bought Barbie Dolls, remote control cars, and board/card games too! I took everything out to my truck and returned to Kohl’s for round 2! I pretty much duplicated the order for the other half of the kids but chose different styles and dolls. I was feeling pretty good about the situation until I got to the register and could not find the gift card!! I was freaking out! Then I realized it was all for charity, and I could only hope a mom of 5 kids found the card. I paid for the items with my Kohl’s charge and got an additional 30% off! On my way out to the car, I called my mom disheartened. She directed me to call the store to see if someone turned in my card. Ha! As if. I tried anyways!
GUESS WHAT? Kohl’s called me a few days later. They found the gift card! My uncle knew a family which moved down the street from me. They had no money and they moved into a fixer upper to save. One of the kids was around second grade and had to walk a mile up to the bus stop. I used the gift card to buy a bike for him. Can you imagine how excited he was going to be? I just had to find an elf to put it together for him!
I love shopping at Kohl’s! You can always find something for everyone! Even more so, I love their generosity in helping other families in need, and allowing me to take part. It will be a Christmas I will always remember!