We’ve enjoyed Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. But today is, perhaps, the most important named day of the holiday season: it’s the second annual Giving Tuesday. The goal of Giving Tuesday is to create “one powerful national day of giving, raising funds and awareness for important causes everywhere.”   Ladies’ Home Journal’s Virtual Toy Drive is a very easy way that you can participate in Giving Tuesday with a simple click of your mouse.

LHJ Toys for Tots Toy Drive

Ladies’ Home Journal has partnered with generous sponsors – Build-A-Bear, Lego, LeapFrog, Hasbro, Scholastic, Walgreens and Disney – will each donate up to $5,000 worth of gifts to kids in need through the Toys for Tots organization. Every day from December 2nd through the 8th, Ladies Home Journal will highlight a hot holiday toy curated by mom bloggers – including my friends at Extraordinary Mommy, Mom Generations and me! – and gather likes to raise awareness for the virtual campaign.

LIKE! Head over to Ladies’ Home Journal Facebook page and “LIKE” today’s toy post featuring Disney’s Dusty Crophopper RC Plane by Hasbro.

LHJ Toy Drive

Virtual Toy Drive for Toys for Tots

“We’re thrilled to partner with Toys for Tots to help raise donations this holiday season,” says Sally Lee, Editor-in-Chief of Ladies’ Home Journal. “It’s estimated that 16 million kids might wake on Christmas morning without presents and we want to change that. Our virtual toy drive allows our readers and fans to participate from anywhere and make a child happy with one click of a button.”

The Toys for Tots organization is one of our favorite charities. It was started by the U.S. Marine Corps Corps Reserve and has grown into a huge nationwide effort to collect and distribute toys to children in need.

Get Involved! To find a “real” toy drive or to find volunteer opportunities in your area, visit the Toys for Tots webpage. There are several collection bins at our BX on base and I’m excited to take the kids to shop for toys to donate. It’s a simple way to teach them the importance of giving back – and it’s a great way to honor Giving Tuesday.



Kate started The Shopping Mama™ in January 2009 when, after graduating law school, she traded in online legal research and writing for locating the best products for children. She shops for three kids ages 8, 6 and 3 from their home in Japan. Her military family is making the most of back-to-back overseas assignments by traveling every chance they get.

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    My favorite part of the holidays is seeing the true spirit of giving… to all! Love this my friend and so glad you are doing this!

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    I’m just loving this initiative!

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    So love being a part of this with you – it makes my heart so happy.

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