Share the Joy Challenge


This post is probably the most fun and fulfilling post I have done yet on my blog. Why? Because service just makes a person happy. You know it’s true. You want to be happy? Make someone else happy.

I love the Christmas season because service is considered the norm during this time. I like to teach my kids about service too. Last year on Christmas Eve we did a Service Scavenger Hunt where we divided into teams and hit the town for 2 hours to do as much service during that time as we possibly could. It was the BEST Christmas Eve we had ever had. I loved it.

One of the things we did during that scavenger hunt was to create some kits for the local food bank. They accept kits for things like kids birthdays and home starter kits for people breaking out on their own for the first time.

So, when I had a $150 gift card to World Market I went with the idea that I could create some of these kits for this same agency.

It’s been years since I have been to a World Market store in person, so truthfully, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It’s probably bad that I know about this place now…it was amazing! I’ll be going back to shop for me.

Here’s how it went.

Me and my elfish helper (ahem…1 year old who was dragged along) browsed first to get a feel for what they offered. Here’s a few things that caught our eye:

Bath and Body Stuff: (great price!)

Several rows of fun little toys and gadgets:

(the 1 year old was particularly enthralled with the very large rubber ducks)

Baking Mixes for Christmas:

 The Baking Section (drool!!):

 

Then we got down to work. I completely filled a shopping cart with that $150 gift card:

I decided to put together 4 small gift baskets with 4 different themes. I knew the place that I was donating them to likes to accept “kits” for families in need and for people breaking out on their own for the first time ever.

So I created a Bath Gift Basket. It has 2 bath towels, a hand towel, lotion, foamy soap and a bar of soap (in vanilla bean scent) all packaged in a matching bathroom caddy:

Next up a Baking Starter Kit. It’s got a cookie sheet, measuring spoons, mixing bowls and a few packages of chocolate chips:

I thought it might be nice to provide a child in need with some fun Christmas items, so I made this Christmas Fun Kit. It has a gingerbread house kit, an advent calendar, 2 mugs (which I stenciled with the word Joy when I got home) and hot chocolate:

And last, something to pamper mom. Let’s call it a Take Care of Mom Kit for a mom going through a rough time. It has a cozy blanket, 2 mugs and some gourmet chocolates:

I packaged them all up cute in some gift bags and put my kids in the car to help me deliver them to the local Community Action.

It feels good to serve and help others. Very good.

So my challenge to you this Thanksgiving Week?

Do something for someone. Big or small-just do something. Something that you wouldn’t usually do, something to bless the lives of others. It will bless your own life as well.

World Market is encouraging us to Share the Joy and is even offering a sweepstakes with a grand prize of $5000 for the winner and $5000 to a charity of their choice. There will be 5 winners-1 each week through December 21st. Enter here.

Find World Market online also at Facebook and Twitter.

Happy Thanksgiving!

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but all my opinions are my own.

Amber
Hey there! I'm Amber, mom of 4 crazy boys, wife of 1 and non-stop, always busy, crazy project doer. (There's a reason why we call it *Crazy* Little Projects.) I love chocolate, reading, sewing and being with people!
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Comments

  1. says

    What a beautiful post! It made my morning. I put “Do 1,000 of service” on my bucket list, and it’s helping me to seek out opportunities that I might not have noticed before. I love your post!

  2. Laura says

    That is my favorite store ever. I can’t even let myself go in there or I know I am going to spend too much money. What a fun idea!

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