While we love shopping deals for ourselves, which is really how Frugal and Thriving started, we also love finding steals for others – whether we need a good gift or we want to send a sweet surprise! An annual tradition we have here at F&T is a holiday/end-of-year charity donation. We shop all year and collect items for different charities we want to contribute to and then at the end of the year, we round it all up and send it in! See our 2023 donation recap below.
This year, we donated over $2300 worth of gifts – 117 items total!! However, being Frugal and Thriving, we actually only paid around $1500 for everything, because of all the sales and deals we posted in our Facebook group and took full advantage of! The charities donated to included Sea the Future, Caring for Kids, and Toys for Tots.
Some of the donations included items like: Lite-Brite, Playfoam, Gabby’s Dollhouse rooms, Moana singing doll, footballs, LEGO creator spaceship, Magic Mixies, magnetic building tiles, National Geographic Dino Fossil Dig kit, Mickey and the Beanstalk board games, Spot It! game, and so, SO much more!!
This was what we donated in 2022 – you can see that it was significantly less than what we accumulated this year. Kristy shopped for Christmas gifts for kids in need from various charity groups including Cape May County Caring for Kids and the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. She was also able to donate $200 worth of jackets and little kids’ clothes to Holy Redeemer Healthy Families Program in Cape May Court House. How awesome is it that we are fortunate enough to be able to grow our donation closet from year to year?? This is so heartwarming!
Look at that difference! We’re looking forward to collecting even more donation items for next year!
And if you want to get in on the giving back fun, check out our Poshmark, where we list all of our favorite fashion, home decor, and accessories that no longer serve us – all of the proceeds get donated to charity at the end of the year! If you have questions, or want to find out more ways you can donate, email firstname.lastname@example.org