This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of UPS. All opinions are 100% mine.
“Brown paper packages tied up with string. These are a few of my favorite things.”
-The Sound of Music
Every package that ends up on a doorstep this holiday season started from a wish, and the men and women at UPS work tirelessly to deliver these “everyday wishes” throughout the holiday season.
And trust me — this is no easy feat… Having worked third shift in the package delivery industry through college, I can tell you that the holiday season is one crazy and, often, stressful blur, with the entire company, top to bottom, working to make sure each and every wish reaches it’s destination in a timely manner.
This year, though, UPS is turning the tables to highlight other people and organizations in the community who are working to deliver wishes in their own way. For each magical story that’s shared with the hashtag #WishesDelivered or on the #WishesDelivered Site, UPS will donate $1 to one of their charity partners (Boys & Girls Club of America, World Food Programme, Toys for Tots Literacy Program, The Salvation Army, and The UN Refugee Agency) — up to $150K! That could help fulfill a lot of wishes…
Oh my, look how they’ve grown…
At the risk of sounding a little biased, I chose to highlight my kids on the #WishesDelivered Site. They’ve all been blessed with a giving spirit, and it’s never more apparent than the holiday season!
Truly, one of their favorite traditions is helping to fill the local toy donation bins. Even when we started this tradition back in 2010, they never put up an ounce of resistance — they joyfully dropped the toys they selected in the bin, happy to be helping make another child’s Christmas a little brighter. Now that they’re older, they hound me for weeks, starting in early November, asking when we’re going to do our annual shopping trip.
A typical trip goes like this: we head out to a local store, I give them each a budget, and then I just turn them loose to shop. It always warms my heart to see how carefully they count their pennies, trying to stretch them all to their max. Not only is it a lesson in being unselfish and putting others first, but it’s teaching them to spend their money wisely.
Our 2015 toy donation shopping trip is scheduled for later this week, and I can’t wait to share what they choose. Every child deserves a Christmas gift, and while we can’t buy them all, it’s our wish to help make sure as many as possible receive a gift!0