December 17, 2014 By Natalie
Can you feel it? This time of year there seems to be a little extra magic in the air, people seem to smile more, have longer conversations with people they don’t know, hold doors open and find ways to do more kind things for people. People they may know or they may not. It’s the holidays!
Not so long ago, I joined a group for other bloggers who are located around the Philadelphia area. Shortly after joining, Colleen from Souffle Bombay, had the idea to reach out to other bloggers as well as some of their collective contacts to pull off a fantastic holiday surprise for 21 children who live in a small remote village in Alaska. This village is so remote that people can only get in or out by bush plane or a small boat via the rough Nushagak River.
Over 20 bloggers from PA, NJ & DE jumped on board and #TwinHillsSanta began to take off.
Dani, a friend of Colleen’s, took a position in the village teaching this year. Dani didn’t know what to expect when she packed up and moved from Pennsylvania to very far end of the United States, however she has already fallen in love with the people, their culture and Alaska.
She has 16 students ages 4-13 and the village has 5 additional kids under 4. There are no places for the 76 residents to work or shop, so they live simply. They don’t have much. As a matter of fact while discussing Christmas and Santa recently one day in school, one of the younger kids said simply “Santa doesn’t come to Alaska.”
Let that sink in for a second….
This year…these kids have one heck of a surprise in-store for them!!
We are fortunate as bloggers, that we have made some great contacts through this job. We reached out to some of these contacts, and I am so humbled and thrilled to share with you that they hopped right on board!
DecoArt sent a bunch of craft supplies to the kids who I hear LOVE making things and crafting any chance they get. They are going to be blown away!
Lee Jeans is sending clothes to the kids, those kids are going to be so excited and well dressed!!
CVS Pharmacy is sending all kinds of personal products from toothbrushes to scrubbies and body washes, & shampoos to chapsticks, candy, small toys and much more!
Nuby USA jumped in to send the younger children sippy cups, infant and toddler toothbrushes & toothpaste, toys and fun feeding plates & utensils!
Tyrrells English Chips (who has the most fun website BTW) sent cases of their crazy delicious chips – those kids are going to be happily crunching away with a new-to-them snack!
And speaking of snacks, Pretzel Crisps sent cases of their crazy-good pretzels – Boy are the kiddos in for a tasty treat! I see new fans just ahead!
Kind Snacks shipped some of their healthy AND tasty Kind Bars to the kids, those will get them pumped up and full of energy!
And Educational Insights was happy to send the kids learning games, reading games, puzzle toys and more. These kids are going to be happy, busy and fine tuning their skills as they play!
How awesome are these 8 companies who said YES to pay-it-forward! When stories like this reach my ears it makes me an even more loyal customer OR it makes me want to try and support a brand I am not familiar with! Thank you all!
All of the bloggers involved made sure every child in this village will get a new pair of pajamas, hats, scarves, gloves and more! Then additional friends, some bloggers and many not, heard what was happening and either grabbed USPS flat rate boxes or hopped on Amazon to send stuff the kids’ way!
I’m so excited for all of these items to arrive and for Danie to distribute them amongst the children of this town! The pilot who flies in and out of Twin Hills with deliveries won’t know what hit him and neither will the post office! We will be sharing more specifics in a separate post in January after everything has arrived!
Magic is in the air!! When people come together…great things happen!
Thank you Lee Jeans, CVS Pharmacy, Nuby USA, Tyrrells English Chips, Pretzel Crisps, Educational Insights, Kind Snacks and DecoArt for making THIS a very special Christmas for 21 children, who I know are going to be so very grateful!
It’s been so heartwarming being a part of this group of bloggers who have come together solely for the purpose of brightening these kids’ lives this holiday season!
Colleen Kennedy www.SouffleBombay.blogspot.com
Becky Adams www.LifewithKaishon.com
Debbie Bookstaber www.Mamanista.com
Denise Ruggieri www.Mom4aDifference.com
Gina Badalaty www.Mom-Blog.com
Heather DiNuzzo www.GirlGoneMom.com
Heather McCurdy www.RealtheKitchenandBeyond.com
Heather Schugar www.DiaperedKnights.com
Jennifer Oxenford www.PhillyFun4Kids.com
Jo-Lynne Shane www.JoLynneShane.com
Katie Pietrak www.BusyBeeKate.com
Larisha Campbell www.WereParentsBlog.com
Lauryn Blakesley www.TheVintageMom.com
Lindsay Podolak www.TheNaughtyMommy.com
Lindsey Shuster www.SisterstoSons.com
Natalie Dixon www.ATurtlesLifeForMe.com
Nicole Quier www.OnePunkyMama.com
Pam Margolis www.UnconventionalLibrarian.com
Rachel Blate www.CantGoogleEverything.com
Sarah Mazzone www.MadeinUSAChallenge.com
Tomika Bryant www.MyMommysNeighborhood.com
Tricia Goodman www.TheGoodMama.org
Trina O/Boyle www.OBoyOrganic.com