Image via RaysofSunshine.org.uk

Image via RaysofSunshine.org.uk

There are many children around the world who cannot afford to have a warm holiday filled with gifts. Whether they’re in a war torn country or sleeping on the streets of a major city, there are children suffering everyday. In the season of giving, consider donating some of these toys to a local charity who can help put a smile on a child’s face.

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Image via ThinkGeek

Plushes

Kids love plushes, something soft to cuddle all day and night. There’s a variety to choose from as well! Overwatch fan? Why not share your favorite scientist Winston with a child?  Or a 50th anniversary Star Trek bear? Maybe your brony love needs to be shared by giving a My Little Pony plush? There are so many geek plushes to choose from! And who doesn’t want to cuddle with your favorite characters?

Image via StarTrek.com

Image via StarTrek.com

Action Figures/Vehicles/Weapons

On the other spectrum, there’s action figures; highly collectible for adults. For children, they’re characters to act their stories out with or their friend to go on adventures with. There’s also vehicles and weapons to add even more to their stories and get away from their harsh realities. How about a Captain America figure? Kylo Ren’s lightsaber can help them defeat their enemy or defend their loved ones. Or a Batmobile to come in and save the day! The possibilities are practically endless in this category.

Image via newstatesman.com

Image via newstatesman.com

Books

Reading is important to children’s growth and development. Some would be thrilled for a book. For the little ones they could help learn by a Doctor Who alphabet book. You could open their minds to mythology with the Percy Jackson series. Maybe even bring magic into their world with the Harry Potter series. Education is important! But so is escaping into a good book.

 

Whatever you choose – no matter how big or small, thank you for helping a child in need! The nerd/geek fandoms are one of the most giving in terms of money and community and we will continue to be. I hope you all have a happy holiday this year!

 

Erin Lynch