Kindness Fairy 3 + 4 Donating toys to charity and remembering to smile!

Yesterday, the Kindness Fairy, asked Georgie:

Today donate some of your old toys to charity; so they can raise money for other people.

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You can’t see it on the picture but hanging off the shelf was a christmas pudding bin bag. These come in packs of 10 from Home Bargains for £0.99, I thought they were really fab and great value. Playpennies.com have wrote a blog about these, which you can check out here.

I would love to do some voluntary work and hopefully one day I will do. It is just not possible at the moment, as between a full time job and family; I am not sure how to do it (wouldn’t want to get started and then end up letting anybody down). So because of that, I like to donate things to raise money instead.

We donate to three charities at the moment. A local hospice shop, Mind, and Age UK. I think all three are really good causes, and it is a nice feeling to be able to contribute in a small way.

One thing that I would recommend you remember is to sign up with the charity you donate to as a gift aid donor.

Extract from gov.uk website:

What you need to do

You need to make a Gift Aid declaration for the charity to claim. You usually do this by filling in a form – contact the charity if you haven’t got one.

You must give a declaration to each charity you want to donate to through Gift Aid.

You can include all donations from the last 4 years. Tell the charity about any tax years where you didn’t pay enough tax.

Paying enough tax to qualify for Gift Aid

Your donations will qualify as long as they’re not more than 4 times what you have paid in tax in that tax year (6 April to 5 April).

The tax could have been paid on income or capital gains.

You must tell the charities you support if you stop paying enough tax.

Georgie, got into the spirit of this. Fortunately, she has done this before so she was keen to do it. I have found the key to asking your child to donate to others is letting them have full control, so they only do this and let go of what they want to. I wouldn’t ever donate anything just because I thought she didn’t need / want it anymore. After all, they are her things.

So she went round and picked a few things out:

  • an End Blyton Famous Five puzzle (she hasn’t got into Enid Blyton -ps has anybody noticed how unpolitical correct Enid Blyton is to a modern audience??!)
  • a Vtech kids camera with wires, CD etc (never worked out, she would rather video everybody on her iPad or pinch my phone when I am not looking!)
  • A new stuffed lamb with tags, mum got it her from a trip somewhere I think…. But, whilst she liked it at the time, it is another stuffed toy. It is like you look round and they have multiplied.
  • Police outfit – Got for a school event. The school event was amazing, they turned the whole school into a crime scene and the kids had to work out the clues. The actual police came too! However, she picked this out as she reckons she won’t want to wear it again.
  • Peppa pig blanket – as she “isn’t bothered about Peppa Pig anymore”
  • Fruit Ninja app kit for the iPad, random carbon buy for £0.20 ages ago, and never got round to opening it *whoops*
  • A few McDonalds Minion Happy meal toys

Will take a picture of the pile, and then it will need to be took into one of the shops at the weekend. Georgie likes taking stuff to the Age UK shop because the ladies that work there, always make a fuss of her for donating her things.

Today, I went for a easy Kindness fairy message, as on a Friday night I have always completely run out of steam! I managed to quote a little Louis Armstrong lol.

Clean your teeth, super well. Then wear that smile ’cause when you’re smiling the whole world smiles with you!

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Didn’t start off great, as she ran out of toothpaste. So, when she eventually used some of mine, she was grinning like the Cheshire Cat, which was maybe a little extreme. However, it was infectious, I ended up grinning too. Hope we didn’t frighten the parents on the walk into school.

Tonight, I need to plan some more messages. Georgie says she hopes the fairy might have a different coloured message tomorrow “cause fairies are good at art!” No pressure then……..

 

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