Thank you, all, for the donations for Austin Street, and for Toys for Tots last Monday. All, were happily received!! There are some smiles behind those masks! Never before have we been speaking with our eyes. As one member reflected, it is a good deed to make contact with people that way and give them a hug through our eyes. Will be picking up this coming Monday, November 16! Have fun selecting the toys for tots to make needy children smile on Christmas Day. All the details are below, as well as the list of things needed. If any of you moms have ideas for toys, please let us all know.

Marine Toys for Tots

Maitri will store the collected toys at her home (thank you!), and then deliver them once they are all collected to the Toys for Tots collection sight. They only take NEW, no used or gently used toys, and NO WRAPPED toys, for ages up to 12 years. They do like board games. Besides our picking them up from your house on our pickup days for Austin Street, you can have them sent to Maitri’s address at 2201 Victoria Lane, Richardson, TX 75082. If you are nearby, you can drop them by her house as well. Of course, we started the pickup service to make it easier for folks, so we are happy to pick up anything up where you are!

We will continue to collect each week until December 7 (gosh, in only about 2.5 weeks!!), so that Maitri can deliver them to the appropriate place by December 11. They can then be sorted and ready for needy kids by Christmas.

ITEMS needed for Austin Street Shelter:

Frozen Breakfast foods only like waffles, pancakes (frozen), frozen breakfast sandwiches (please no meat as this is a vegetarian service) ONLY frozen, as they do have a place to store these. I did mention Beyond Vegetarian Sausage and she was ok with that.

INDIVIDUAL cereal boxes (not large boxes) and no milk, as they have plenty. (can be found on Amazon)

INDIVIDUAL water bottles

INDIVIDUAL juice boxes

No granola bars are needed as they have too many at this point, and actually nothing else is needed but the things above.

With love and blessings,

Shakti and Eric Biskamp



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