As we begin a new year, it’s always a good time to look back and reflect on what was accomplished in 2015 and what we have to be grateful for. Sometimes during the holidays, it’s easy to let the stress reach out and put a choke hold on us, forgetting that this is the season for giving. Somehow, going to Wal-Mart and pushing old women onto the floor in order to grab a .99 cent salad spinner tends to erase the real spirit of the holidays. I’m not gonna lie, a salad spinner is deal at twice that price, but wouldn’t it be better if we took a step back and tried to recognize how crazy this season makes us? We should have a cup of egg nog (with extra brandy) and let the old lady have the last salad spinner. There are lot of people who need things more than others and this time of year is when we need to focus on them.
Each year the annual Toys for Tots program is a great way for people to give to the less fortunate. Children want toys at Christmas and if their parents can only afford the necessities like food and rent, it’s quite possible that a new stuffed animal may not make the budgetary cut. This is where Toys For Tots comes in. According to their website, the primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. One of our Design Associates, David Alberico, always spearheads the donation drive for our store and this year was no different. He found a drop-off location only two blocks from our Chelsea store and sent out his yearly email to our staff encouraging us all to stop at a nearby drug store and pick up a couple of toys. I am happy to say that we came through. Within a week or two, the box was full of coloring books, puzzles, toy cars, dolls, educational toys and all kinds of goodies. David and I filled several Room & Board bags with the toys and carried them over to the drop-off location. I am happy to say that with what we at Room & Board donated we filled their box to overflowing. It felt good to know that there would be children in New York City who would have toys on Christmas morning because we took the time to think of someone other than ourselves. It was a great reminder of what should remain at the forefront at this time of year: peace, love, giving and happiness.
Finally, I would like to apologize to the little old lady I knocked over when I ripped that salad spinner out her arthritic hand. I feel bad. But, hey, it was .99 cents.