My Birthday Wish

I’m aiming to make this year’s birthday a little different, in a huge way, and I’m reaching out to my friends and family to help me.

Three years ago, partly do to with health issues, my bucket list began to grow, but more than that, I began to focus on experiencing the things I was putting on it.  Among those things was to begin new traditions.  Myself and Vic began to switch up how we spent the holidays.  We began to support our local single parents association with their annual Christmas program, as well as their back-to-school program.  We also love supporting our local food bank and Happy Tree – a program that collects Christmas gifts for children of families that are in need, as well as Operation Christmas Child – an organization that sends shoe-boxes packed full of toys and essentials to children internationally, who are in third world situations.

We are looking to expand our efforts this year to include our local woman’s shelter, as well as our local animal shelter.

We decided to do this, not for recognition, but in an effort to do more; to be more.

Another specific item that has been on my bucket list, was to be able to pack 100 shoe-boxes for Operation Christmas Child.  So this year, in my effort to reach that dream goal, I’m turning it into my birthday wish.

This year, instead of birthday presents and the like, I’m reaching out to my family and friends to instead help with the collection of items for the shoe-boxes.  This can be physical items or even small gift cards for our local dollar store – anything that will help fill those boxes.

Below is a list of acceptable items, according to the regulations and restrictions put in place by the organization and border control.  Please note, these items are to be new, not used.

Personal Hygiene:

  • Bar of Soap
  • Chapstick
  • Comb or Brush
  • Deodorant (Solid)
  • Hand Wipes
  • Nail Clippers
  • Small First Aid Kit
  • Travel Packages of Tissues
  • Toothbrush
  • Washcloth
  • Manicure Set (No Nail Polish)
  • Hair Bows
  • Lip Balm
  • Hair Elastics


School/Craft Supplies:

  • Calculator
  • Chalk
  • Colored Pencils
  • Coloring/Activity Book
  • Crayons
  • Dry Erase Board
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Earser
  • Gluestick
  • Highlighter
  • Inflatable Globe
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • Picture Book
  • Post-It/Sticky Notes
  • Rubber Stamps
  • Sewing Kit
  • Small Chalkboard
  • Small Notebook
  • Small Picture Book
  • Stickers
  • Stick-on Rhinestones
  • Mini Craft Kits


Play Items:

  • Action Figures
  • Cars/Trucks
  • Compass
  • Small Etch-a-Sketch
  • Finger Puppets
  • Foam Gliders
  • Soccer Ball (w/pump)
  • Jacks
  • Jump Rope
  • Lego Bricks
  • Magnetic Tic-Tac-Toe Board
  • Marbles
  • Matching Cards
  • Mini Connect Four Game
  • Origami Kits
  • Paddleballs
  • Paper Airplane Kits
  • Plastic Animal Toys
  • Playdough
  • Puppet
  • Ring Toss
  • Rubber Bouncy Ball
  • Rubik’s Cube
  • Sculpting Clay
  • Silly Putty
  • Slinky
  • Small Checkers Set
  • Small Chess Set
  • Small Football
  • Small Puzzle
  • Small Stuffed Animals
  • Spinning Top
  • Tennis Ball
  • Velcro Wiffle Ball and Glove
  • Yo-Yo
  • Card Games (ie. Uno)
  • Small Doll
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Princess Wand
  • Accordian-style Folding Fan
  • Plastic Tea Set
  • Small Musical Instruments (ie. whistle, bells, harmonica)


Things to Build With:

  • Bolts
  • Compass
  • Duct Tape
  • Small Flashlight (w/batteries)
  • Small Level
  • Small Measuring Tape
  • Nails
  • Nuts
  • Screwdriver w/Changeable Heads
  • Screws


Things To Wear:

  • Baseball Cap
  • FlipFlops
  • Handkerchief
  • Pair of Shorts
  • Pair of Socks
  • T-Shirt
  • Sunglasses
  • Necklace
  • Fold-able Sun Hat
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • Friendship Bracelets
  • Small Purse
  • Tiara
  • Drawstring Backpack (ie shoebags)


Things To Eat With:

  • Cup
  • Plastic Bowl
  • Plastic Spoon or Fork


Something Personal:

  • A letter


I would love if you guys would join me in my effort to reach 100 children this year.  There is nothing I need, nor want, for my birthday more than to reach this goal.  It would not only make my year, but it would give 100 children a reason to smile with the knowledge that someone, somewhere, is thinking of them.

Much love you guys!



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s