My kids have way too much stuff. I mean waaaaaaay too much. And I admit it, this overload of what seems to be every single toy on the market is all my fault - and, ahem, my mother's and my mother-in-law's. Come to think of it, I have way too much, too. I mean, six big jars of bath salt I don't use is, well, pointless (and, dare I say it, a waste of money.)
Nonetheless, here we are, under a pile of 50 million matchbox cars, baby dolls, GameBoys, fleece pullovers, scented candles and fuzzy slippers and...what to give?!
Now this is just a wonderful idea, described beautifully by Anna Quindlen in her most recent Newsweek column: WhatGoesAround.org. A super cool web site. It allows you to create a "Give List" of charities and causes you support, and, like a gift registry, friends and family view your list and, instead of buying you something, they can make a donation to one of the organizations on your list. There is a whole kids section on the web site too.
That is one great idea.