Yesterday the Street Reach volunteers
bagged gifts for our annual toy drive.
This year we provided gifts for 1000 children
from about 320 families.
When families sign up they provide the sex and age
of each child and we give each a gift.
The gifts are sorted by age groups and we walk around
"shopping" for the right gifts which we put in a numbered bag.
Even though it’s a good cause, I get a little tense
because selecting gifts feels like sex-role stereotyping.
Dolls-for-girls and footballs-for-boys sort of thing.
(My family donated books but there weren’t nearly enough).
I’m putting together a list of suggestions for next year’s drive
and I thought you all might have some great gift ideas.
We especially fell short for the teens (and there were lots this year).
We try to keep the gifts at $10 or less (bought on sale).
I’d appreciate any sex-neutral suggestions.
Thank you in advance!