Add a Toy for Charity to your Black Friday Shopping List

Some of you reading this will be just finishing up Thanksgiving dinner right now, and some will still be looking forward to fighting over the gravy boat. Wherever you find yourself, tomorrow is Black Friday, and the Allspark would like to ask that you take a moment to think of those less fortunate when you’re battling the throngs at the sales.
Whether they’re called Toys for Tots, Toy Mountain, or some other name, most cities and towns have a local charity that collects and distributes gifts for kids and teenagers who otherwise might not have anything under the tree on Christmas morning. Toy collecting is what brought most us to the Allspark to begin with, so we don’t need to tell you how much it means to a kid to unwrap a really cool Transformers figure or LEGO set. If nothing else, it might be a good chance to help your local toy store clear out those last few dozen RotF Bumblebee figures.
Some great ideas for older kids and teenagers might include iTunes cards, DVDs of recent blockbusters like Transformers: Age of Extinction or Captain America: The Winter Soldier, teen fiction books like The Hunger Games or Divergent, gift cards for movie theatres, restaurants, or trendy clothing stores; we’re told the kids like places like Forever XXI and Urban Outfitters.
Even if you can’t afford to donate a toy (heck, we’re not all made of money here) you can still help out. These charities always need volunteers to sort the donations and fill lists for families who’ll be receiving the gifts. You can donate your time, help out, and who knows, maybe even meet some cool people while you’re at it!
Want to share more gift ideas? Stop by Allspark member Shigoto’s Toys for Tots discussion thread and sound off, then get back to table for that second slice of pumpkin pie.
(By the way, we’re totally kidding about RotF Bumblebee. That’s the modern lump of coal in your stocking.)