Thanks for checking on me.
I've got a good donation pile and will be checking with the business teacher to find out what will be happening with the donation in October. I want to give them time to wrap their heads around what ever format they finally settle on for school this year. If they aren't going to do the donation, I'm going to ask her for the contact they work with so I can make the donation directly and then hopefully if life returns to normal return to working with the school next year.
I have a relation on DH's side with 2 little girls. Since the oldest was born I've been sending little holiday boxes with kid friendly holiday themed crocheted decorations and toys since some parents are concerned about the issues of where the kid friendly holiday store stuff is made. This year I've also been updating some of my own decorations. I've been attacking my stash where I can, but I've also been exploring more online yarn providers as I just don't leave the house very often. DH is a sweet heart and does all the shopping.
I never had tons of stuff growing up being from a large family without tons of money but we always had holiday celebrations and you could do lots of things that didn't cost lots of money. I feel for kids today because things that I took for granted for years just aren't allowed now. I understand fully why, but it has to be hard for a child to miss out. So, in my own small way I've been trying to make these holiday boxes a little more fun. I've always had holiday themed books and toys and sometimes decorations but I'm trying to be just a little more creative. I know not everyone is into Halloween, but it was a fun harmless cheap holiday when I was a kid and I loved it. We always managed to have costumes and go trick or treating. The schools still had parties back then. My favorites were dressing up like a book you'd read for class.
With that in mind I'm trying to start a Halloween crocheted village for the little ones and finish what I can by the end of this month and then perhaps if life allows make more items to add to it for next year if they like it. I also have a bday box to finish for the youngest who has a bday shortly before Halloween.
One year I am determined to get a 4th of July box done. It's the one box I have patterns to make but the timing is always bad. I'm usually in dress making mode for the doll donation as soon as I finish the kids Christmas box and then there is Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day and Easter and then the oldest one's bday. I always think I'll have time to get to that July 4th box but it has yet to happen. One day perhaps, we will see.