Just a thought: For some years my husband's work group collected toys and donated them to a school for homeless children. Walt and I started buying packages of underwear. What? Yes, packages of 3 undershorts, or 3 t-shirts, or 3 pairs of panties. We would buy them on sale at one of the major department stores; and in various sizes. We hesitated to do this the first year. The feedback from the school staff was so positive that we did it for the next few years, until Walt was no longer a part of this work group.
So, if you want to donate to a homeless shelter, or a home for abused spouses, or some group like that, consider underwear. It may not be as exciting as a toy, but it may last a lot longer. Another option is coats, jackets, gloves or hats. Just a thought.
And thank you to all of you who think of others, both at this time of year as well as at other times.