The Land of Fernieville

But it’s new to you!

Posted in Family, Rant by fernieville on June 14, 2008

Since when did charities become so picky?

Allow me to explain before any assumptions…

I cleaned the girls rooms and I told them to put all their plush toys in the hallway…I’ve been telling hubby and family that they own WAY too many plush toys. Every birthday or outing with grandma they get a new one. The last outing with dad they brought home two more…some huge dinosaur and the younger child a small kitty plush animal. So I was like “thats it.” Obviously these people don’t have the slightest idea of volume.

Anyhow, we filled the hallway with plushness… and with that visual my 9yo was able to let go of half of them…even she was like “woah, that IS a lot of animals.” Victory at last…

So after filling three large size black bags full of brand new plush animals, that were hardly touched EVER, I called three places, two closed and the last being the local Ronald McDonald House.

Me: “Hi I wanted to know if you take plush toys”
Sir: “Oh yes! You can drop them off anytime. Just make sure they are new.”

What? What’s the point of donations then? I’ll take new things too…c’mon now! I buy in consignment stores and gladly take hand-me-downs. I graciously accept them, then decide later which to keep. Most of the time I keep them for paint-time clothes.

New? Seriously? What a waste…

Anyone want 3 bags full of plushness?

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  1. jess said, on June 15, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Do you realize that a Ronald McDonald House provides low cost or even free lodging for parents of critically ill children? Often these children are hospitalized and parents and siblings stay at the House. But sometimes the sick child is able to stay at the House with his/her family while undergoing day treatment such as chemotherapy, radiation, waiting for a transplant, etc. These children have severely weakened immune systems. Parents and House staff have to be hyper-sensitive to germs that could kill these precious children. Your almost new toys would surely be welcomed by a women’s shelter, Salvation Army, etc, who can distribute them to needy children. And if you really want to help a Ronald McDonald House, stop in for a tour and ask how you can volunteer. What you get back is so much more than you give. Knowing that you have helped a family going through life’s most awful experience — in whatever small way you can help — is very, very gratifying.
    an RMHC volunteer

  2. fernieville said, on June 15, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Hey Jess thanks for your reply.

    This wasn’t a post on the RMHC…I think they do wonderful work and thus why I called. And I completely understand about the “germiness” of items. Nothing a spray of Lysol couldn’t deal with and plush animals can be thrown in the washer/dryer.
    Thanks for the volunteering invitation and thanks for the volunteering work you do there 🙂

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