Recently, I received a Grillin’ Grand Kitchen from Little Tikes to review. Somehow there was a mistake in processing and a few days after we received the kitchen, we received a second kitchen by mistake. After contacting Little Tikes to see how we should handle this, we received the “perfect” response.
“Please donate it to a charity of your choice and make it a happy holiday for someone less fortunate.”
WOW! So happy to hear that and find a company with Christmas spirit!
When my daughter was 11 months old she became very ill. At first we were told it was a virus, but after a few days, as her condition worsened, we made a trip to the ER. They ran x-rays, checked for the flu and performed a spinal tap. She was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. I had the scariest ride of my life as we rode, my daughter and I strapped on a gurney, in the back of an ambulance to Texas Children’s Hospital. The bad news got worse when we learned it was a very dangerous strain of meningitis. We spent a week in the hospital and my daughter’s first birthday was celebrated in her hospital room.
During her stay, she was too ill to play with toys but as she improved, I visited the toy room to see if there was something she might enjoy. I was kind of shocked they didn’t have a large selection to choose from. Being in the hospital with a sick child is tough, especially for those children and parents that are frequent guests/ patients due to a terminal illness. Books and toys provide a much needed distraction from the constant poking/prodding and treatment.
When I learned we could choose where to donate the kitchen, I thought about the sick kids that will be spending Christmas in the hospital so we contacted Texas Children’s Hospital and arranged for delivery this morning. Volunteers at the hospital will assemble the kitchen and it will go on a floor where sick children will find a fun surprise tomorrow morning!
I was so excited to have been a part of sharing the generosity of Little Tikes that it inspired our family to do more! We wrapped up some brand new toys we had and also donated those to the hospital. We asked the volunteers to please get them in the hands of someone that might not have anything to open tomorrow.
But the very best part of this experience has to be that it opened a dialogue with our three year old. We showed her what we were giving to others and talked about her stay at the hospital.
We’ve decided we’ll make this a Christmas Eve tradition in our family.
I plan to start shopping throughout the year and as I find bargains, we’ll purchase toys for our Christmas Eve drop. And next year we’ll take the kids with us to a hospital or shelter as we make the delivery so we can continue to teach them the spirit of Christmas and how it’s more important to give than to receive!
A HUGE thank you to Little Tikes (who by the way felt like this was just the right thing to do and did not ask us to write about their donation). Your customer service and generosity makes me feel good about buying your toys for my children and others!
And please stay tuned for my review of the Little Tikes Grillin’ Grand Kitchen coming soon!!