Women’s resources, Michaela MacLachlan
It’s getting close to that time of year again, and if the fall months fly by as fast as the summer months did, the festive season will be upon us before we know it.
I know it seems early and many of you are groaning as you read this and thinking, “Come on, we haven’t even got through Thanksgiving yet,” but as I scroll through my Facebook newsfeed I see that I have many friends who have already begun their Christmas shopping.
This year marks the fifth anniversary of my Titanic Toy Drive and I am bound and determined to make it a big one. I started the Titanic Toy Drive four years ago when I decided I wanted to do something for the children in our communities at Christmastime.
Just take a moment and remember how magical the Christmas season was when you were a child. My memories of that time of year include claiming the Sears Wishbook as soon as it came and grabbing a pen to circle all the toys I was wishing for, getting excited as soon as decorations went up in the shop windows, driving around the neighborhood with my dad “oohing and ahhhing” at the glow of all the colourful lights gently blanketed with snow on the houses at night.
My brothers, sister and I anxiously counted down the days until Christmas Eve eating chocolates out of the Advent calendar. I stayed up late whispering and giggling in bed with my sister trying to guess what Santa would bring us and we woke before the sun full of excitement rushing down the stairs to see all of the gifts under the tree Christmas morning. Nothing was more exciting to us kids as the Christmas season.
Don’t all children deserve to feel the magic of the holiday season? Imagine waking up Christmas morning to a bare tree, no Christmas dinner or gatherings with family and friends.
This holiday season when you are making your list and checking it twice please think of the children in our communities for whom this is a sad reality. Grab an extra toy or two and add it to your cart and you will see that it really is better to give than to receive.
You can drop off these new, unwrapped toys at the Central Nova Women’s Resource Centre (676 Prince St. in the Ginger House) for the fifth Annual Titanic Toy Drive, Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 pm. All the toys donated will go to the Christmas Index Program to be distributed to the deserving children right here in our communities and help to make a magic Christmas wish come true.
For more information call (902) 895-4295 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Michaela MacLachlan is the administrative co-ordinator of the Central Nova Women's Resource Centre in Truro. She lives in Truro.