Tonight I had the honor of witnessing one of those little things that restores my faith in Christmas.
In a recent post on his blog, Bloopy mentioned that he didn’t know of a Czech equivalent to the Toys for Tots drive we have in the States. I asked my boss, who pointed us to the fact that ČeskÃ½ Rozhlas has put together a Christmas toy drive since 1999, donating toys to needy kids in orphanages and So we agreed that we would get together, buy some toys and donate them.
|We met at Kotva, and while I was examining questionable toys like this one, Bloopy was off gathering toys by the armful. Multiple boxes of Legos, multiple doctor’s kits, multiple tea sets.|
His reasoning for which toys to buy was rock solid: no batteries, nothing that would put an eye out, nothing that would be bad for disabled kids. He also mentioned that he’d been at a couple of toy stores scoping out the goods.
|When we arrived tonight at the drop-off point (ŘimskÃ¡ 13, Prague 2, 9:00-18:00), the high school girls accepting the toys nearly had a heart attack when they saw Bloopy unload his bags, which were literally as much as a single human could carry.|
They explained that many people viewed the toy drive as a way to dump unwanted junk; I personally saw a couple of boxes of what looked like old textbooks. I could hardly imagine a worse thing to give needy kids.
I’d like to thank Bloopy for performing a simple act of charity, and for leading by example. Those toys are definitely going to be appreciated.
The toy drive will end on Friday, so there’s still time.