Home and Table Magazine: Greater Philadelphia Edition Holiday 2017 - Page 17

…places like John Hopkins, Boston Children’s Hospital, CHOP and Seattle Children’s Hospital all have Amazon Wishlists waiting to be fulfilled. Other means of helping children might be more familiar than you realize. With the help of sites like Amazon, kids around the country are getting toys and gadgets they have wished for all year long. For those that don’t know, Amazon Wishlist allows you to create your own “dream” list full of items you want to purchase one day (or are hoping Santa will drop off this year). Wishlists have gained a lot of popu- larity since their inception, so much so, that they are even being utilized by hospitals. It might come as a surprise that places like John Hopkins, Boston Children’s Hospital, CHOP and Seattle Children’s Hospital all have Amazon Wishlists waiting to be fulfilled. Whether it’s a LEGO set, PlayStation game, iPad, Barbie Doll or walkie talkies the wish lists are easily found with a little googling. If Amazon isn’t your cup of eggnog, you can always go the tradition- al route and drop toys off at a Toys for Tots location or contact your local children’s shelter to inquire about their needs with the upcoming holidays. Speaking of eggnog, food donations are a fantastic way to ensure that those in need in your commu- nity are well fed through the winter months. Many churches have food donation programs or soup kitchens set up to feed the homeless. Packing a box of canned goods, planning a non-perishable food drive in your town or volunteering your time in the kitchen is always appreciated. You can also make food donations towards organizations like your lo- cal pet shelters. If you’re set on adoption, did you know you could become a foster pet parent for a few weeks to see how you fare? A bag of dog or cat food, toys and blankets can re- ally help to support local animal shelters. Many or- ganization have limited resources and have serious overcrowding problems around and after the holi- days. Most shelters strongly encourage that patrons fully consider the responsibility of adoption before bringing home Fido this holiday. Although they’d love to see four calling birds, three French hens and two turtle doves leave their shelter for better homes, those pets might not serve as great gifts this year. If you’re set on adoption, did you know you could be- come a foster pet parent for a few weeks to see how you fare? There’s nothing more heartbreaking than 17 homeandtablemagazine.com | HOLIDAY GUIDE 2017