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My workplace is very active in charity fundraising and donation, and I'm actually really proud to be working here for that reason. We are a branch office and while the main office has nearly 1,000 staff working there, we have about 40 people working here. In October we had two fundraising drives across the organisation for Mind, the mental health charity, and Mary's Meals, which is an organisation that provides school meals for children in schools in Africa. In the main office, they raised about £1,200 which is great for the charities, but really showcases the £550 we raised here with 4% of the staff they have in the main office.

This is why I'm proud. I work with such kind, caring and generous-spirited people. Whatever shit I have to wade through on a daily basis it does really help to know that the people I share my office with are all kinds of awesome.

The next project is Pocketful of Presents, where we are all allocated the age of a child in the care of Social Services who would otherwise receive little or nothing for Christmas and we get gifts and wrap them up for them to have a Christmas party. I've done this every year for the last four years. This year I've been allocated a girl of nine and the suggested gift was a game.

Help! What kind of games do nine year old girls like? Are we talking board game or puzzles here? I know there are mothers, Godmothers and aunties out there reading this, and any advice you can give me would be very helpful. I have no contact with any children, so no idea what is age appropriate or what is currently "in". I'm going to go do my shopping tomorrow, so if you have any suggestions I would be very, very grateful.

*group hugs f-list*

Date: 2009-11-06 12:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] candesgirl.livejournal.com
That is so awesome of your office and of you. We try to do something similar every year by donating to Toys for Tots and sometimes at the local mall they have a tree full of gift ideas for a local nursing home.

So, a game? If it says just a game I would go with a board game, I don't know a nine year old that doesn't love to play them :) Some faves in our house, granted my child is seven and a boy, is Life, Monopoly, Sorry, Clue, Trouble, Connect Four and Scrabble :)

Hope that helps babe!

Date: 2009-11-06 07:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] filthgoblin.livejournal.com
Excellent! Thanks honey. I also know that although younger your boy is also a brainiac, so I might steer clear of games of skill and learning [like Scrabble, much as I love it] and go for Connect Four or some such. Though if she's potentially going to be moving around a bit, I might go for something where there are minimal essential parts that are problematic if lost. A couple of years ago I got a plastic tub with a lid that looked like a Lego block and filled it with paintbrushes, colouring pencils, colouring books and the magic painting books for a little boy of three. Something similar where they can easily keep the stuff together and carry it if they need to might be a good plan.

Date: 2009-11-10 10:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] filthgoblin.livejournal.com
I got Ultimate Uno in the end. It looks awesome, I'd definitely be pleased to get it as a gift. And I was one of the first to hand in my gift *huffs on knuckles and buffs on lapel*

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