Eden Gives Back Club Meeting - Wednesday, July 6th @ 7pm

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Eden Gives Back Club Meeting - Wednesday, July 6th @ 7pm

Wondermom Wondermom
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Originally posted by Kindred
The sponsoring requires the community to donate, and with 5 families (I think?) last year, I think the later families lost out a bit because it was draining. I'm not sure the community could support both at the same time. I'd rather pick ...
you are probably right, toys for tots might be the better option then, since you can buy something at the dollar store and throw it into the box
07/06/2011
Spoken Pandora Spoken Pandora
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Originally posted by Jul!a
I think it should be one or the other. As much as I want to adopt families and give needy kids things they need, I think that having fundraisers for adopted families and toys for tots is going to be just a tad bit overwhelming.
If the adoptive family was done more around thanksgiving and the toys done for xmas, would it still be a lot? I know they are both right around the corner so its probably a moved question...just thinking
07/06/2011
Spoken Pandora Spoken Pandora
My "refreshing" is too slow...lol
07/06/2011
Wondermom Wondermom
I know for me adding in that extra toy at the store when shopping for my son isn't a huge problem, it doesn't have to be a top of the line electronic fancy toy to help out TFT's
07/06/2011
Kindred Kindred
Quote:
Originally posted by Wondermom
you are probably right, toys for tots might be the better option then, since you can buy something at the dollar store and throw it into the box
Anyone know if Toys for Tots accept monetary contributions? That way people could either buy a toy and wrap it the traditional way or donate points for cash.
07/06/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Spoken Pandora
If the adoptive family was done more around thanksgiving and the toys done for xmas, would it still be a lot? I know they are both right around the corner so its probably a moved question...just thinking
They're far enough away that we might be able to plan something like that out.

What would everybody else think of adopting families for Thanksgiving and doing Toys for Tots for Christmastime?
07/06/2011
Spoken Pandora Spoken Pandora
Quote:
Originally posted by Wondermom
I know for me adding in that extra toy at the store when shopping for my son isn't a huge problem, it doesn't have to be a top of the line electronic fancy toy to help out TFT's
Very true and sometimes, well most of the times, I end up donating every time I shop during that time
07/06/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Wondermom
I know for me adding in that extra toy at the store when shopping for my son isn't a huge problem, it doesn't have to be a top of the line electronic fancy toy to help out TFT's
This is very very true.
07/06/2011
Wondermom Wondermom
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
Anyone know if Toys for Tots accept monetary contributions? That way people could either buy a toy and wrap it the traditional way or donate points for cash.
yup, they do take money donations link
07/06/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
Anyone know if Toys for Tots accept monetary contributions? That way people could either buy a toy and wrap it the traditional way or donate points for cash.
That I don't know off the top of my head. A little bit of research would be required.
07/06/2011
Kindred Kindred
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
Anyone know if Toys for Tots accept monetary contributions? That way people could either buy a toy and wrap it the traditional way or donate points for cash.
Alternatively, we could have someone sponsor a local TFTs, much like the adopt a family campaign last year. We raise money, send the sponsor a check, and they buy a ton of toys for their local chapter.
07/06/2011
Wondermom Wondermom
they also take paypal, for those who want to donate that way
07/06/2011
Kindred Kindred
Quote:
Originally posted by Jul!a
They're far enough away that we might be able to plan something like that out.

What would everybody else think of adopting families for Thanksgiving and doing Toys for Tots for Christmastime?
I think that would be fine, as long as the Thanksgiving event ended at Thanksgiving and didn't drag into December. Also, if it were smaller, maybe just 2-3 families or so.
07/06/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
Alternatively, we could have someone sponsor a local TFTs, much like the adopt a family campaign last year. We raise money, send the sponsor a check, and they buy a ton of toys for their local chapter.
That's another great idea.
07/06/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
I think that would be fine, as long as the Thanksgiving event ended at Thanksgiving and didn't drag into December. Also, if it were smaller, maybe just 2-3 families or so.
That would be the plan, since it doesn't seem to make sense to do Thanksgiving dinners in December lol.
07/06/2011
Ivy Wilde Ivy Wilde
I just popped over while waiting for the photography meeting to start. Hope that's okay. Looks like you are discussing donating to toys for tots?
07/06/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
Quote:
Originally posted by Jul!a
They're far enough away that we might be able to plan something like that out.

What would everybody else think of adopting families for Thanksgiving and doing Toys for Tots for Christmastime?
I've already brought up my concerns with doing something like that. IMO, we need to be careful about overwhelming the community with drive after drive after drive.
07/06/2011
Kindred Kindred
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Originally posted by Jul!a
That would be the plan, since it doesn't seem to make sense to do Thanksgiving dinners in December lol.
Any thought about naming it something other than Thanksgiving since not everyone is American?
07/06/2011
Wondermom Wondermom
for the school one I found this site recommended by scholastic link
07/06/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Ivy Wilde
I just popped over while waiting for the photography meeting to start. Hope that's okay. Looks like you are discussing donating to toys for tots?
That's perfectly fine, everybody is welcome to attend every meeting

Right now we're deciding what other fundraisers we might want to do this year.
07/06/2011
Spoken Pandora Spoken Pandora
Quote:
Originally posted by Ivy Wilde
I just popped over while waiting for the photography meeting to start. Hope that's okay. Looks like you are discussing donating to toys for tots?
Yes and sponsoring families for Thanksgiving
07/06/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Vaccinium
I've already brought up my concerns with doing something like that. IMO, we need to be careful about overwhelming the community with drive after drive after drive.
I do agree with you. How would you do it differently? (asking for help )
07/06/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
Any thought about naming it something other than Thanksgiving since not everyone is American?
Something to do with harvest time might work.
07/06/2011
Ivy Wilde Ivy Wilde
I have to admit that I'm not that into charities. I tend to suspect that the organizers get more benefit from it than the supposed beneficiaries. However, I do like Heifer International. I did some research and they do seem like they really help the communities they get involved in.
07/06/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
Any thought about naming it something other than Thanksgiving since not everyone is American?
I know that with last year's we weren't able to sponsor any that weren't in America. We can call it another Holiday Family, but it would still have Thanksgiving in the title most likely.
07/06/2011
Ivy Wilde Ivy Wilde
Quote:
Originally posted by Spoken Pandora
Yes and sponsoring families for Thanksgiving
I like the idea of feeding people, but I like the idea of teaching people how to feed themselves better. The old "teach a man to fish" sort of thing.
07/06/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
Quote:
Originally posted by Jul!a
I do agree with you. How would you do it differently? (asking for help )
Perhaps moving the adoptive families fundraiser to late October/early November to coincide with harvest time might be a way to go. You know, even with a bounty of food, there are always some who still can't afford to fill their tables.
07/06/2011
Spoken Pandora Spoken Pandora
Quote:
Originally posted by Jul!a
I do agree with you. How would you do it differently? (asking for help )
On that note I do have a question as I am new to the community. At the beginning of the year is there ever a brainstorming session to go over possible months of the year the community would like to target to do fundraising. Nothing fleshed out like in these meetings but some type of outline?
07/06/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
Quote:
Originally posted by Ivy Wilde
I like the idea of feeding people, but I like the idea of teaching people how to feed themselves better. The old "teach a man to fish" sort of thing.
Although that is indeed noble (and something I agree with), it's simply impossible for some people (i.e., those who live in the inner city, those who live in apartments, etc.).
07/06/2011
Vaccinium Vaccinium
Quote:
Originally posted by Spoken Pandora
On that note I do have a question as I am new to the community. At the beginning of the year is there ever a brainstorming session to go over possible months of the year the community would like to target to do fundraising. Nothing fleshed out like ...
So far it has been ongoing, with no overall plan.
07/06/2011
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