Christmas in July: Planning a Toy Drive

I’m so fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful Houston neighborhoods, Woodwind Lakes. We are a close-knit community with gorgeous trees and beautiful lakes. But what really makes “the hood” so special is the people.

We have a super fun summer swim league, an active mom’s group that brings in Houston’s finest food trucks every Wednesday during the summer, and an annual neighborhood toy drive run by our kids that benefits the Mission of Yahweh.

The Mission of Yahweh is a homeless shelter for women and children. Founded in 1961, the Mission strives to end homelessness and dependency for its residents. My kids have participated in the toy drive for the Mission for over fifteen years now, and have spearheaded the neighborhood effort the last three years. I couldn’t be prouder. 

The kids distribute flyers door-to-door promoting the drive. Then, on the designated day, the kids drive around the neighborhood to pick up the toys. The generosity of my neighborhood yields carloads of new and unwrapped toys, and it’s such a joy to see the look of gratitude and appreciation when we pull up to the mission with our donation. Above all, though, is the impact the drive has on our kids. For the kids to know that they can galvanize to support such a worthy cause is a lesson they’ll carry with them forever.

Presents for Mission of Yahweh kids

Even though it’s still July, it’s never too early to think about holiday volunteer opportunities. Get those donations before everyone else jumps on the holiday train. After all, summer is sadly coming to a close and fall will be here before you know it. Let’s all do what we can to give back to our community! And teach our kids to do the same!

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