My little boy, Jack, just turned 5 this month. I'm still in shock that I actually have a 5 yr old...For the first time we decided to actually have a big party for Jack and his friends - up until now we had small gatherings of family and friends. So this was a big deal.
But I was having some reservations about throwing Jack a big party. He's been having some behavior problems at school, and even though we've been watching his diet and encouraging better behavior, we still need to see some major improvements. Also, he just got a WHOLE bunch of new stuff for Christmas. I was thinking...if I invite all 16 kids in his class, all of our neighbors, and his cousins...how many gifts does one 5 year old REALLY need?
But I still wanted him to have a party - to be the "king for the day" and hang out with his buddies from school. So I made a deal with Jack - he gets to have a party, but instead of presents, everyone will be asked to bring Dog and Cat food that we can donate to the Cherokee County Humane Society. (I had called the CCHS earlier and asked what was tops on their wish list...and before I could even finish asking, she said "food! people can't feed their pets right now!")
Jack, Arianna and I delivered the food to the Humane Society today, and everyone on staff really made Jack feel special - lots of hi-fives and handshakes, thanking him for helping out the animals. Jack and Ari even got to meet a couple dogs and cats!
PS...I'd love to hear from other moms and dads...do you find this idea to be a good way to help a needy cause, or is this a little too Joan Crawford from "Mommy Dearest"...(when Christina had to donate all her birthday gifts to the orphanage!)?