Thanks to Step2 for donating these toys to a worthy cause as part of my Step2 ambassadorship! #PlayItForward
A few months ago I surprised another mom just doing her best every day and shared it on Instagram. It was a small gesture, but a meaningful one to me in a world where we as moms are often so quick to look for faults and differences rather than common ground. So when my friends at Step2 offered me the opportunity to spend my last month as a Step2 Ambassador (sadly, we’ll age out of the program in 2015) playing it forward by giving some brand new Step2 toys to a person or cause I felt could truly benefit from them I was elated.
Then I thought about who would benefit most from a toy donation and very quickly remembered a great local resource. A child development center that serves low income families, disabled parents, parents who are students and those who are actively job hunting with either free or subsidized childcare.
It’s no secret that budget cuts affect public schools. Kayla’s school helps close the gap through a very active PTA and fundraising. I can’t imagine the last few years have been easy on this child development center’s budget. When you’re serving families who are just trying to get by or get back on their feet, it’s very difficult to ask them to contribute and compensate where a school budget runs short. I imagine all available funding goes toward employing enough staff and feeding lots of little mouths.
While creative play is essential for preschool aged children I’m sure the budget for new toys that encourage imaginative play is practically non-existent in times like these. Step2 was sweet enough to allow Kayla and I to choose a bunch of toys to gift to this child development center and we decided on the Best Chef’s Kitchen, a pair of their Little Helper’s Shopping Carts and some play food.