EP Holiday Kids Gift Drive

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Happy Thanksgiving friends! I have so much to be thankful for, including this incredible online community and the longtime support of many of you. So in the spirit of this holiday, I looked at a few organizations I’ve volunteered at (and have witnessed their impact) and wanted to see how we can do more. I’m excited to announce a holiday gift drive for kids under the care of a wonderful local organization, The Home for Little Wanderers. The Home supports Massachusetts children and families in at-risks situations through their various services, including housing and care for children who’ve experienced abuse, neglect, or other traumatic events, and helps prepare them to transition back to their families, on to their next home, or to independent living.

In speaking with the program director, I was told a lot of the older kids’ wishes will go unfulfilled (as donors tend to gravitate towards the younger ones) and the holidays can be an especially traumatic time for them. As such, we combed through their extensive list of over 2,000 wishes and selected about 100 (most of them averaging around $50 or less) from that age group for the Extra Petite community list. If you’re able, please join me in granting one or more of these wishes!

How to Participate

Update: All 100 gifts on our EP community list have been pledged, thank you!

  1. Visit the list of EP community wishes here that we’ve committed to try and help fulfill.
  2. Select an unfulfilled wish that you’d like to grant, and claim it on the spreadsheet.
  3. Come drop your un-wrapped gift off at our Meet & Greet, or ship it directly to The Home’s Toy Room at 33 Corinth Street, Roslindale, MA 02131 (so quick and easy to do via Amazon, Target, or other sites!). If shipping, gifts should aim to be received by December 13th.

I am hoping that we can collectively fulfill all of these and add more to our list! Here is more FAQ / instructions relating to the gifts. If you are unable to fulfill a gift after claiming it, please just update the sheet so that someone else may do so.

Meet & greet

Saturday, December 7th 9 – 11 a.m. at SAMA Confections, 279 Newbury Street in Boston. 
Come stop by during this time slot to say hello to me, Nick and Nori (and drop off a gift, if you’re participating)!


I also want to share one other wonderful local organization I’ve volunteered at – Horizons for Homeless Children. Horizons has more than 90 playspaces within their shelters around Massachusetts that are designed to support children ages 0 – 6 experiencing trauma. They have an Amazon wish list of items needed that can be easily purchased online and sent directly to one of the playspaces!

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  1. Caren wrote:

    Even though I already volunteer and donate money to several good causes I sent a gift to this as well. I am so impressed that you are using this platform to bring attention to the many people who need our help. And I am grateful for all the work, along with heart and soul, that you put into your blog.

    Posted 12.4.19 Reply
  2. Caren G-K wrote:

    Even though I have been volunteering and donating to many good causes for a very long time I sent a gift to this as well. I want to contribute to your success in being an influencer in our world because I am so impressed with you. And I am grateful for all the work (along with heart and soul) that you put into your blog.

    Posted 11.29.19 Reply
  3. amwelker wrote:

    Thank you so much for this Jean! I love that you are teaching Nori how important it is to help others (all year, not just during the holidays)! So beautiful. Can’t wait to help some of these older, deserving kids!!

    Posted 11.29.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you so much for contributing. I definitely hope to get involved more locally and online outside of the holidays as it’s sometimes easy to forget xx

      Posted 11.29.19 Reply
  4. Janine wrote:

    Oh wow this is such an amazing cause, thank you so much for using your platform and the community you build for raising awareness and hopefully a lot of Christmas gifts for children in need!
    xx Janine

    Posted 11.29.19 Reply
  5. Janki wrote:

    Thank you for doing this and making it so easy! It broke my heart to see boys the same age as my son hoping for gifts. One sweet boy just wanted jeans! I’ve asked my 14 year old to help pick out some good ones plus maybe add something else. I wish I could meet you in person after all these years.
    On a side note, I basically told my son “oh, my friend Jean told me about this”. You’re the friend I’ve yet to meet!

    Posted 11.28.19 Reply
    • Nancy Huang wrote:

      I thought of horizons for homeless children and you mentioned it as well! I cant wait to go to the meet and greet

      Posted 11.28.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Janki, sad to have missed the chance to meet you guys during your Boston visit this year! I feel like we’ve “known” each other for over a decade now, is it? Thank you so much for contributing and I love that your son is getting involved!

      Posted 11.29.19 Reply
      • Janki wrote:

        When I come to Boston, I’m seeing you! The family voted to do NY instead. But I love Boston so hopefully we may do some college tours (remember that kindergartener I had when I started following you? He’s a freshman in HS).
        We just sent our goodies. Hope you get a great turnout. Please post!!

        Posted 11.30.19 Reply
  6. Tara C wrote:

    Hi Jean,

    I have been a long time follower of yours and I am finally in a financial position to start giving back to the community. Thank you for sharing this post and I was happy to fulfill a gift for someone on your list!

    Happy holidays to you and your family.

    Posted 11.28.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Tara, that is so generous of you to start giving back as soon as you’re able. Thank you so much for contributing. Wishing you and your family the best this holiday season xx

      Posted 11.29.19 Reply
  7. Tricia wrote:

    This is a wonderful idea. I am from Boston but now live in Ohio. I always give to local children. When I read this post it brought tears to my eyes. Many years ago my cousin who lost her mom to a hit and run driver when she was five years old was left with a dad and six older siblings. This family was not left together and for some reason this youngest little girl was sent to The Home for Little Wanderers. She died a few years ago and her family asked for donations in her memory be sent to The Home for Little Wanderers. I can think of no better place to donate to this year. Thank you for making me aware of this.

    Posted 11.28.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Tricia – wow, what a small world. It’s heartbreaking hearing about what your cousin went through, and I am sorry for your family’s loss. The Home must’ve had a very positive impact on her early life if her family asked for donations to be sent there. xx

      Posted 11.29.19 Reply
  8. Jane wrote:

    I don’t know you but I’m so proud of you for this initiative and for talking about volunteerism. This is wonderful work, Jean.

    Posted 11.28.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      I appreciate that, Jane! I’m so moved by the number of women in our small community that have come together already and contributed.

      Posted 11.29.19 Reply
  9. Linda wrote:

    Your post made me so curious as I had never thought about the gifting needs of the older kids. Elementary schools have giving trees, but they sadly discontinues in the higher grades. As I read through the descriptions of the kids, it made me cry. I will be looking to fulfill a gift through amazon, as I’m on the west coast. Thank you for sharing.

    Posted 11.28.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you Linda for considering contributing! It’s so hard to read through the descriptions without getting emotional, but also inspired by the resiliency of the kids!

      Posted 11.29.19 Reply

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