Birthday gifts for the firehouse

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This past weekend, Jared attended the birthday party of one of his classmates. When we received the invitation, I was intrigued by the note asking that, instead of gifts for the birthday girl, guests bring a toy to take to the firehouse. So we picked up a toy big rig full of matchbox-type cars and Jared and I went to the party.

We arrived at the party and deposited the truck with the other toys by the fireplace. The kids ran around and played for a while while the girl's parents, a young professional couple, watched calmly. There were a few party type activities next, including a Curious George-themed version of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey and a piñata.

Then it was time to go to the firehouse. We gathered up the toys we had brought and followed the kids outside. We went down the street to the firehouse where a firefighter was waiting for us. The kids all gave him the toys and then lined up in front of the fire truck for a picture. After that, we went back to the house for cake.

I asked the mother where they got the idea for donating the toys and she said that her parents had always made a big deal about donating toys during the holidays and she had enjoyed it, so they wanted to do the same thing. Since her daughter's birthday is in December, they decided to combine the two. She said they did it last year and the kids really got into it.

Based on the response this year, I think it's a great idea. What do you think? More importantly, perhaps, what would your kids think?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.