We have finally wrapped up the school year for 2013. In just a few (what will feel like VERY short) weeks, after much rest and summer fun, I will be taking all three of my kids to primary school. The twins have their uniforms ready and while Gemma is still in the midst of missing her class and teacher from this year, I am seeing some cracks of excitement breaking through at the thought of being a fourth grader!
They are so lucky. Of course there are many reasons we are grateful for our lives, but today I am talking about be so very grateful at the chance for my kids to get a great education. They get to go to a safe school with passionate teachers where they are challenged to be the best individuals they can grow up to be. While my children might balk at homework and whine about making their own lunches, there are so many children who do not have those opportunities. I try to share that harsh reality with them so that they can be aware of the good they can do with the gift of this life they have been given. Let me take a quick moment of your time in this busy, crazy, blessed season to tell you about the way the IKEA Foundation is helping fix the situation for millions of children around the world.
Until January 5th 2014, for every IKEA soft toy or children’s book sold at IKEA, the IKEA Foundation will donate €1 (approx. $1.50 AUD) to children’s education through UNICEF and Save the Children.
The Soft Toys for Education campaign aims to provide quality education to children living in poverty in developing countries. Since the campaign started in 2003, donations from the annual IKEA Soft Toy Campaign have totalled €57 million, helping more than 10 million children in 46 countries to enjoy their right to a quality education.
If you already have a house spilling over with soft toys, you can still help buy “giving twice.” When you are in IKEA, purchase a soft toy and pop it in the donation box right there on site to be given to Australian children in need.
IKEA sent my kids each their own soft toy. They actually sent us 4 toys, but I let the kids choose their favourite and we are donating the extra one to charity. The creatures and princess we received are simply delightful and I have two (random variety from the current Ikea soft toy collection) sets to give away to Australian* readers.
Thank you for sharing another beautiful year with me. I look forward to much more here on the blog in 2014… now that I will actually have a proper working week again (during school hours) for the first time in nine years.
*Contest open to Australian residents only. Contest closes on the 3rd of January, 2014. Winners will be chosen from the comments submitted and notified by email. Comments judged on content, creativity, & merit. No cash value, just the toys. The toys will be a random selection and not necessarily the same as the ones featured in this post.
Disclaimer :: I received the toys for free, but am not paid to bring this post to you. As always (paid or unpaid) the thoughts expressed here on my blog are true and are my own.
Leave a comment below to Let me know one thing you are grateful for as we end 2013. The top two most inspirational, moving and/or funny entries get the toys.