And Then There Were Two (BigFoot the Monsters)

I'm so glad these BigFoots can keep each other company!

This message on facebook made me cry:

“I want to add another BigFoot the Monster to your Christmas donation list for your annual party. I can get one ordered today online and get it shipped to your house, but need to make sure I have the correct address.”

What the what?!?!

My friend lives out-of-state and can’t attend our party, but wants to donate anyway. He reads this blog and knows I won the Bigfoot the Monster toy from Fisher Price when I attended BlogHer. He also knows I’m donating it to a local charity this Christmas so a kid can have one of the coolest toys of the season.

He came up with this idea all on his own and the toy arrived yesterday.

A little bit about our party: When we hosted the first ever Calandro Christmas Crazy party it was a colossal failure and we have been trying to over-compensate for it ever since. Seriously, we invited everyone we could think of, four folks showed up, and we got two cans of food donated. It was awful. We felt like complete losers.

Now our guest list has grown and the party has expanded to Bigger-Than-The-Sum-Of-Its-Parts proportions. That stinky party the first year was the best thing that could have happened to us! (Long live our insecurities.)

The toy donations from last year's party. If I included the food donations you couldn't see the tree!

We save for the party throughout the year and view it as our gift to our friends. In turn, we ask our friends to bring unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items to donate to a local charity: Grass Roots II. Through the years, the donations have gotten so massive (because we have THE MOST generous friends on the planet) we have to borrow our neighbor’s truck to get everything to the organization in one trip.  Everything doesn’t fit in our van anymore.

When we take all the items to Grass Roots II, I cry every year. I can’t help it. I started crying early this year when my friend sent his message of generosity.

My friend wouldn’t mind if you copied his idea. In fact, he’d love it. Let me know if you are interested and I’ll tell you where to ship your donation. Are you listening, Fisher-Price? Do you want to match my friend’s donation?

Or donate in your own community and tell me what you’ve done. I know you’re amazing. I bet you’re a giver. Let me know how you are donating your time, effort, energy and dollars this year. I would be honored if you would share your story with me. I love a good cry. 

We all know the best part of this season is the giving, not the receiving. As you give of yourself during the holiday season, know you are getting a big thumbs up from the Calandro Clan.

Happy Holidays!

Comments (3)

  1. Amy

    I’m impressed you stuck it out and had another party. I wouldn’t have. Insecurities would have beat me. The party sounds like a wonderful idea, and if it weren’t for my insecurities, I would totally copy you. I hope Fisher Price joins in and meets your friends’ donations. Good luck.

    1. Eileen (Post author)

      I’m hoping Fisher Price will notice as well. Even if they don’t we got an impressive haul donated from our friends this year. We deliver the items later this week. And I will cry. Again!

  2. Deb Rox

    Just thought I’d come and tell you I thought of your clan and your party when I went to a similar gathering Sunday night. It was so much fun, but many of us wrapped our gifts so no one could see the cool toys inside, which is less fun and apparently hard of the volunteer staff who match kids with toys, which you seem to already know! Next year!–as you say, each year can be better.


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