Thirty Days of Thankful and NaBloPoMo Day 29: Raising Givers

Today, I am thankful for people (yes, ourselves included) who raise givers. There are so many people in this world who take, take, take and are selfish. I hope that our kids are different.

Last year, we started a tradition to ask for people to bring gifts in tote bags for birthday parties, supporting The Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project.

This year, Arianna asked if she could help us get ready for our Stuff A Bus tradition and she asked people to bring gifts for Stuff a Bus instead of for her.

Both kids know of the Food Bank and the Tote Bag Project, volunteering by helping us with couponing, tote gathering, and drop offs.

They are givers, no doubt, and we are giving them a good start.


The other night, we took a Durango full of toys (almost all couponed for + Black and Gold Bucks purchased) to 96.1 Kiss FM’s Stuff a Bus and the kids were so excited. They’ve been listening all week to Bob and Mikey updating the bus count (“a bus! a bus! a bus is full!”, they yell), which is right now at 21. They were so proud to drop toys into the bus, especially a short of creepy doll that Arianna named Arianna (and she hopes a ‘lil girl will get her and put a blankey on her to keep her warm). All smiles and giggles, they kept talking about “Christmas Magic”. Below are some of the photos we took, you can see more on Flickr.

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This post is part of NaBloPoMo.

NaBloPoMo November 2012

Couponing Magic Sneak Peek #StuffABus

Recently, Mr. Burgher hit up an amazing deal that has left our kitchen table full of various fruit cups and pineapple cans (most of which is for the Food Bank) and a handful of “Black and Gold Bucks”. We all have jerseys and plenty of Steelers stuff, but we didn’t want them to go to waste.

So, this afternoon, we turned some of these…

Into this magic for this year’s 96.1 Kiss FM Stuff a Bus benefit for the Marines’ Toys for Tots (please ignore my messy desk!):

When we added these toys to the growing box we’ve been collecting the past few weeks, tears came to my eyes. ‘lil Miss A asked who they were for and when would we be able to go out and give it to them. It breaks my heart to think that there are kids out there who will not have a portion of what ours will, so every little thing we can do to make some magic happen, we will.

PS–Mikey and Bob, if you are reading this, ‘lil Miss A demands that she has to see you again. She met you last year on the bus and her world will crash if she doesn’t get to see you this year. How could you melt this one’s heart?

If you are willing to help out with Stuff a Bus 2011, consider giving a new, unwrapped toy for the event. Collections will be from November 28 to December 2 at 10:00 AM in Monroeville. @FSMikey and @FSBigBob of the Morning Freak Show will be leaving out there for the week and sure could use us ‘Burghers to fill 25 buses this year. Can’t get out there? Donate at your local Walgreen’s or have us deliver for you–can we Stuff a Durango???? Read more about their awesome 21 buses filled last year, here.