I can’t believe it’s been six years since I started hosting my annual Holiday Party. Something that started as an idea to get friends together has turned into one of my favorite traditions. Unlike your normal holiday party filled with food, drinks and tons of holiday cheer mines just a tad different. When I got the idea in my head that I wanted to host one six years ago I wanted it to be more then just a typical get together. I wanted it to have a meaning behind it, something that was good for the soul.
If you know me you know I love kids, I’m a bit of a sap and I really try to find the good in everything. Always trying to be kind to everyone and put out good karma into world. So that being said I wanted to incorparate raising and donating Toys for the kids less fortunate. Full disclosure I saw this idea on an episode of Real Housewives of NJ, yes I’m guilty I watch this show. If I’m being truthful I watch pretty much every show on bravo ! Melissa Gorga hosted a Toys for Tots themed Holiday Party and remember thinking that it was such a genius idea. So 6 years later I’m still hosting and raising toys for some little tots.
Anyways … I’m Catholic grew up going to church and celebrating Christmas. I always remembered as a child loving Christmas time, getting together with family and being so excited for Santa to come. So when I think about children not having that experience it breaks my heart. So this little bit of giving back that I can do is really my favorite Christmas gift of all.
These days I feel that people and the younger generations have really forgotten the true meaning of the holidays. It’s not all about presents – it’s about giving, loving and cherishing the people that are important in your life. The true meaning of the holidays is getting lost so any bit of preserving I can do, I’m all for that. Also honestly there really is no better feeling then giving back.
So the past six years have been such a great success, from donating to local Toys for Tots drop offs to the Nicholas Pedone foundation a foundation that is dear to my heart. Now to this year donating to Emerge Puerto Rico a small non profit organization.
If you’ve been up on the news you know the devastation Puerto Rico has been hit with due to Hurricane Maria this past September. The devastation is no joke and to this day there is still so much rebuilding to be done. I knew that this year I needed to find away to get these toys down to PR. Determined after reaching out to a few organizations but not getting far when I saw a post from an old acquaintance about raising school related items for her friend down in PR, I knew I had to reach out. After sharing my story with her she as much as I was determined to make this happen! Fast forward a few weeks and back and forth planing we got it together and those all those toys are on its way to Puerto Rico TODAY 12/22/17!!!
I’m glad to say that close to 100 toys 98 to be exact are currently on there way to Puerto Rico !! So a big thank you to my friends and a huge thank you to Amanda who was the middle man for making this happen with her friend Christine from Emerge Puerto Rico !
Enjoy some images below through the years of Ro’s Toys for Tots and also stay tuned for images from Puerto Rico !