Teaching our Kids to Become Givers : Our Toy Donation Exchange

Earlier this month I announced our family was partnering with Old Spice to collect gently loved toys for the HoliSPRAY Toy Donation & Exchange.  It was a huge honor to be selected to be ambassadors for this project and we want to give a huge thanks to Old Spice for sponsoring. The HoliSPRAY Toy Donation Exchange benefits the mission of Second Chance Toys to provide joy to children in need throughout local communities in the U.S.

Teaching Kids to be Givers Toy Donation

It’s always been important to my husband and I that we impress on our children how great it is to be givers. There is so much we can to share with each other. In previous years, we have selected families from the angel trees around town. We’ve also donated new toys to various organizations. When I told our family that we had been selected to organize a toy donation this year everyone had a lot of questions but were all very excited to pitch in.

Our younger children went through their toys and our teens talked to their friends. My husband talked with his co-workers who were all very excited to donate as well. Our community has such a giving spirit so we decided our local community center would be the perfect place to hold our Toy Donation Exchange.

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The community center was so great to accommodate our request. With a full schedule that had been booked for months they arranged for us to utilize the conference room for the day. Our kids were involved in every part they helped me bring in and set up the Old Spice HoliSPRAY product that we would gift the donating families with in exchange for their toy donation.

We had so many families in the community donate that day! Some families were not able to donate during our time at the community center but volunteered to bring over their items before we made the official donation drop. My husband came home with bags full of donated toys from his workplace. The willingness to give from so many was heartwarming.

Once all the toys were collected, we went through giving all the toys a final sparkle before they we to be delivered. The back of our van was filled to the brim of toys for children in our community.

Our local toy donation was to be delivered to Child, Inc. here in Austin. They were so kind to us when we arrived. The executive director even came out to meet us at our car and invited us to take part in their annual holiday luncheon. As we walked inside they explained to the kids that this donation would be helping 1800 children in our area to have a wonderful Christmas this year. The kids were AMAZED at what an impact so many people could make together!!

It was a great opportunity to give our time, connect with our community and be able to give joy this season. There are so many ways to give and I loved teaching our children that it doesn’t always require having a lot of money or time to be able to give back. It was wonderful to see their faces when they realized they already had something they could give.

What are some ways you have taught your family about giving?

Join us for a #HoliSPRAY Toy Donation benefiting Second Chance Toys 12/9

We are so excited to be partnering with Old Spice and the #HoliSPRAY Toy Donation benefiting Second Chance Toys!!

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We are thrilled to announce that our family will be working as #HoliSPRAY ambassadors collecting  gently used toys to benifit the mission of Second Chance Toys!  Old Spice has launched a first-of-its-kind, holiday toy donation program with non-profit Second Chance Toys, an organization dedicated to keeping plastic toys out of landfills by donating them to children in need throughout local communities in the U.S.

Second Chance Toys was recently featured on Good Morning America!

Together, we’re encouraging moms and dads and sons (and anyone with gently used plastic toys that they’ve outgrown) to donate them to kids in need. As a reward for this grown-up gesture, Old Spice will be gifting them with Re-fresh Body Spray in exchange for their donation. The inaugural Old Spice HoliSPRAY Toy Donation Exchange runs from Dec. 3 through Dec. 15.

Inspired by the hilarious moment from the new Old Spice “Dadsong” (:60) TV ad when the dad runs over his son’s childhood toys with a riding lawnmower, the Old Spice HoliSPRAY Exchange is designed to rescue all of those used dump trucks and fire engines to bring joy to the lives of disadvantaged children during the holidays.

Isaiah Mustafa, Nolan Gould

To help drive awareness and participation for the program, Nolan Gould of ABC’s acclaimed hit comedy, “Modern Family,” and Old Spice Guy Isaiah Mustafa will also act as HoliSPRAY Toy Donation Exchange Ambassadors. On Dec. 10, Gould and Mustafa will host a toy collection event at Hollywood High School in Los Angeles, which will serve as one of many toy collection locations across the U.S. participating in the program.

Donate Locally in Austin, TX! 

If you are my local area, I would love for you to come see me & donate your used or outgrown toys on Dec 9th!

(TOY GUIDELINES: • Plastic only • Clean/gently used • No small or missing parts* • Batteries need to operate
*Parts that can fit through a toilet paper roll are too small)

Circle C Community Center
7817 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739
Dec. 9 (3:30pm-5pm)

Not in in Texas? Click here to find a location near you to donate.


Giving the Gift of Manhood & WIN Old Spice Prize Pack!

**disclosure: This post and giveaway were made possible by Double Duty Divas and Old Spice. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.**

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Old Spice is a tradition passed down from father to son and now to grandson. We’ve experienced this having a teenager and now a soon to be tween-age son always questioning if it is “deodorant day”. I have to say it is so different having sons that require “freshening up” versus  the sweet smelling days of babyhood. Whether our teen is coming from working out or just a long day of work, I am ever so thankful we passed down the love of good hygiene and Old Spice!

Seeing the boys grow up is definitely bittersweet for this mama. I know it makes them thrilled to get a gift of “Old Spice manhood”. I guess, it  is sort of a rite of passage as they grow up.  Mom and Dad typically have different emotions attached to this. Old Spice recognized that and found a way to put a humorous spin on it. Have you seen “DadSong” yet??? “Dadsong” humorously illustrates how moms and dads react differently when their sons start using Old Spice and officially enter manhood. This campaign was born out of a true insight with moms wanting their little boys to stay young forever and dads being proud and relieved when their sons grow up.

This holiday season, giving the gift of manhood couldn’t be easier with OldSpice Re-fresh Body Spray, featuring the brand’s innovative and first-in-category Re-fresh Technology, which eliminates the need for guys to overspray or reapply throughout the day. With Old Spice Re-fresh Body Spray, “One Spray Lasts All Day.” This is especially important for those new to body spray or those teens who are trying to impress.

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GIVEAWAY & Coupon Savings

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· Duct Tape – Fix anything on the planet, except holiday lights, where only half the strand works.

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