Week 50: Toys for Tots Drop off and a surprise donation

Project: Toys for Tots and an unexpected donation

Actual Time Taken: 20 minutes

Our Toys for Tots box was soon overflowing with donations, which was awesome to see! I was planning on taking the donations to the local Toys for Tots drop off in my car because there was so many bags full of toys, until one of the cast members told me a hilarious story.

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So many donations! 

My friend had been at the Starbucks around the corner when she saw a Toys for Tots basket by the check out counter. She picked up two toys with the intention of buying them and donating them in our bin at the theater. She was all ready to pay for it when the woman behind the counter explained that Starbucks was also running a donation drive, and my friend was trying to buy other people’s donations!

So sweet, and so funny.

And this is how I learned that I could carry our donations from the theater to the Starbucks on the same block! So convenient!

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(Thanks to leatherndevil for this shot!)

So I did just that. I gathered up the bags and made one trip, and then went back and got the overflowing box and hauled it out of the stage door before I was stopped by a sweet local carpenter that I worked with backstage. He insisted on carrying the box of toys to Starbucks for me, so I took a few toys off the top of the pile and made the short walk to the coffee shop.

It took no time at all, compared to the drive I would have had to make had my friend not tried to buy the donations from Starbucks. Here’s to time saving mistakes!

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Starbucks image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/leatherndevil/15702014876/


Week 49: Toys for Tots Box!

Project: Toys for Tots Box

Time Taken: 20 minutes

So this week wasn’t really an hour of work at all, but to be fair, we only have been in town since Wednesday. We had to drive from Milwaukee to San Antonio this week, so they gave us an extra day to get here. (Usually we have to be here on Tuesday morning, but for this 1,900 mile/20 hour drive, they gave us until Wednesday.) So I’ve had a couple fewer days to get my act together for my hour this week.

I did managed, however, to get a Toys for Tots box set up in my theater. I made some cute flyers and put them up, and then wrapped an empty box like I’ve seen them done at the drop off locations, and set it out by our call board where we sign in.

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I had originally wanted us to do an Angel Tree and get specific gifts for specific kids in need, but I couldn’t find one in the area. I actually have a feeling I’m going to be turning the toys from our cast in a few days late (I won’t be able to drop them off until the 23rd of December!) but maybe they can get them to a few families this year, or keep them until next year?

I feel good that I got this going for us this week though. I put the flyers out on a Sunday, which is our last day before our day off when, I’m assuming, a lot of us will be Christmas shopping. Hopefully my cast and crew will throw an extra new toy in their basket this year for our Toys for Tots drive!

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