Operation Hurricane Sandy Holiday Gift Exchange Sign-up!

Operation Hurricane Sandy Holiday Gift Exchange Sign-up!

Hello beautiful people,

Thank you so much for participating in this very special gift exchange! In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, more than 100 lives have been lost, countless homes have been destroyed, and thousands of families are still displaced. To add to the already depressing living conditions, many families will go without celebrating Christmas because they simply can’t afford it. 

As bloggers however, we have a power that not everyone has. We have the power to inspire people. We have the power to come together in a time of grief and encourage others to do the same, and I think it’s past time that we pool our resources together and get down to business.  

As I mentioned before, this gift exchange link-up is a very special one. Instead of trying to grow our blogs, or exchange gifts with other bloggers, we are going to go out a buy a gift or two for the children (or families if you wish) who have been, and are still being affected by this horrible disaster.  If you don’t want to purchase a gift, you can always send a Christmas card instead. There are no limitations. Our ultimate goal is to spread as much cheer as we possibly can! Remember, once you have the gift, be sure to take lots of photos for the reveal link-up which will be active Dec 15th-Dec. 31st.

After doing a bit of research, I contacted the Boys and Girls Club of America and the YMCA to get a bit more information.  

Here is a list of locations that will be participating in a special Christmas celebration for the hurricane victims. Depending on the amount of participants I will keep you guys updated on how many bloggers will be donating to each location so that we can be sure to spread the cheer equally amongst the shelters.

Al's Angels 342
Greens Farms Road
 Westport, CT 06880
Collecting donations until Dec. 20th

 Lee's Tavern
60 Hancock Street
Staten Island, NY 10305
Collecting donations until Dec 22nd

WCS Toy Drive
830 5th Avenue 
New York, NY 10065
Collecting toys until Dec. 31st
*BTW, All people who donate will get 1 free general admission into the zoo.

Attn: Heather Sutton
B&B Landscaping, Inc.
1634 Route 206
Tabernacle, NJ 08088
Collecting toys until Dec. 16th

A few important dates to keep in mind

Keep an eye on the Collecting toys until dates, some of these will be ending in a few weeks so you'll want to make sure you get them in on time. 

December 15th-31st the link-up will be active, so don’t forget to come back and link up your post about your gift. Be sure to include lots of pics!
There is only one rule, be as generous and as giving as you possibly can. Remember, tis the season to be jolly :)

I only ask that you share this with as many people as you possibly can. The more people who know and participate, the bigger the impact and the better the outcome.

Note: this link-up is not exclusive to bloggers, if you just happen to stumble upon this post and are interested in participating, please hop right on in. If you wish to participate in the link-up, just take a photo of the gift(s), post it online on your facebook page, pinterest wall or instagram and include the url in the link-up.

Finally, if you plan to participate in the exchange, please fill out the form below. This information will help me to keep track of how many participants there are, and which locations are in need of more Christmas cheer.

Thank you guys so much! The people in these communities have suffered tremendously.  Hopefully this Christmas season we can give them a reason to smile and be joyous. Remember, every gift you give goes to a child who has lost everything. I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do together as a community!

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