Thursday Things: One of My Favorite Things Amazon is Doing…

I have these great kids. Yeah, there are some days I wonder what God was thinking when He pegged me for motherhood (not because of them, truth be told, but because of my ofttimes dubious mothering skillZ). But He did, nonetheless, and He gave me good ones, to boot (and I have booted each of them a time or two. With a lovin’ boot, of course.).

Dang it. Now I have The Wishin’ Boot stuck in my head….

Wait. WHAT???? You haven’t heard The Wishin’ Boot?

Well then. Allow me.

Wow. That was a MAJOR rabbit trail. I…don’t…even…..

Oh yes! Great kids. That’s right. So my kids know me really, really well.

This year, as far as gifts are concerned, they really outdid themselves.

But before I tell you what I mean by that, let me tell you about my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE THING that Amazon (the company we love to hate…or hate to love?) is doing to wrap up 2016…

They are partnering with Goodwill to make giving awesome. The campaign is called Give Your Amazon Box New Life.”

You guys. This is an AWESOME thing. Essentially, it’s a variation of Boxing Day, a day when the alms boxes in churches were opened and distributed to the poor. Although the day is celebrated in much different ways now, the concept is the same – a day to generously give to those in need. Pretty cool.

You know ALL THOSE SHIPPING BOXES you received from Amazon (or any other online retailer!) with your Christmas gift orders inside? I am copying this straight from Amazon’s website so I won’t screw this up:

Amazon and Goodwill® are working together to make donating easier for you. Using the Give Back Box® platform, a free shipping service, you can donate items you no longer need to Goodwill with ease and bring new life to your empty Amazon box.

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Open Your Box: Unpack your merchandise from your Amazon shipping box.
  2. Pack Your Box: Fill the box with clothing, accessories and household goods you no longer need and print your free shipping label from
  3. Send Your Box: Let UPS or the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) deliver your box of donations to Goodwill for you.

Donations go directly to your nearest participating Goodwill organization using a free shipping label and empty Amazon (or other) box. Goodwill sells the donated goods, and the revenues help support employment placement, job training, and other community-based services to create strong families and communities.

When you donate to Goodwill through Give Back Box, you enable Goodwill to help people find work, strengthen their families, and enrich the local community.

Go directly to

*MBSS d/b/a Give Back Box does not plan, manage, advise, consult, or prepare materials for or with respect to any charitable solicitation. Give Back Box does not act in the capacity of a professional fundraiser and does not solicit donations for Goodwill Industries International or its Members.

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Is that not the BEST HOLIDAY IDEA EVER??? (As you can see by all the caps I’m using, this really, really EXCITES me! I’m yelling with excitement, not outrage!) And people. It works. Click on the link and you can print out a shipping label and then take those boxes to your nearest US Post Office or UPS office. And don’t forget: You can actually schedule UPS to come pick up your packaged and labeled boxes! It’s pretty much impossible to make it any easier to give.

So go drag those boxes out of your recycling bin or your garage attic or (eep) your trash can, and stuff them full of the things you think someone else might be able to use. And here’s my challenge to you: For every new gift you received, find something you can pass on to someone else! Make this a Christmas Clearing House Event!

Okay. Back to my kids and their brilliant and unique gifts to me….

But actually, because I really want you to go check out the GIVE BACK BOX campaign, I’m going to tell you about my kids and their gifts in my next post.

AND, in the spirit of accepting my own challenge and making this a Clearing House Event in our home, too, in a heap in my office, I have five medium boxes that I haven’t broken down for the recycling bin yet. Since I’m going to tell you about five gifts I received from my children, I’m going to fill all five of those boxes over the next week, and come January, off they’ll go! Will you join me in filling a box, too?

Happy Giving, my friends!