This child of mine who by the way smoked the competition in a talent show and took 1st place with her rendition of the Dixie Chicks "Let Er' Rip" last weekend has finally found a cause to empty her closet and donate her beloved stuffed animal collection.........her cause? Hurricane Katrina Survivors.
I have been after her for years to please thin out the herd of stuffed animals that have taken over every inch of her room for the last 10 years (she is now 14) She has cried, begged and threw tantrums every time I have separated her from one or more of them, so I stopped asking her to rid herself of a few. This child of mine has donated 3/4's of her stuffed animals along with 1/4 of her wardrobe to help the survivors of Katrina. I am so proud of her......I didn't even have to ask, she asked me if it was OK.
I shouldn't be so shocked over her compassion for others, after all this is a kid who donates her pony tails to 'Locks for Love' whenever her hair reaches the 10 inch marker. She has been doing this since she was 6 years old......It's a blessing that this child's beautiful golden blond hair grows at an unbelievable rate. The "Locks for Love" organization collect hair of any length but prefers at least 10 inches of hair to make real hair wigs for children who have lost their hair to cancer treatments and other disorders and diseases.
Even when the children were little and they knew that Santa would be coming soon, I always asked for old toy donations from them to be given away to kids less fortunate......sometimes we donated to Salvation Army, Sometimes it was Goodwill and other times it was to local shelters......my kids were raised to be aware of those less fortunate. Rachel who is in High School this year is also trying to organize a benefit concert through school with a 'Kids talent show' with all proceeds and donated can goods (entry fee and donation) to go to help the Katrina victims. We are still waiting to hear back from them on this matter.
This Momma is so very proud of this baby of hers! If you would like to learn more about "Locks for Love" please use the link I provided below and if you would like to hear Rachel sing the song that won her 1st place last week....follow the link to a previous entry of her singing it.