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By Elizabeth Dorssom
Throughout December Beyond Belief Network will observe National Safe Toys and Gifts Month. National Safe Toys and Gifts Month is a project led by Prevent Blindness America to educate parents and other gift shoppers about safe toy options through awareness efforts during the holiday season. Many local groups participate in toy drives for needy children, and families should keep safe toy guidelines in mind when purchasing and accepting toys.
When buying toys, look for labels indicating safety inspections, like those performed by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Be sure that any art supplies, as well as paint and other finishes, are non-toxic. For other safety tips, event ideas, and secular-friendly charities operating toy drives, check out our December Event Guide.
Beyond Belief Network team FreeOK will be hosting a Giving Drive as part of their Holiday Humanist Adoption program. The Giving Drive is aimed at providing holiday gift relief to families housing foster children and those in need of assistance for other reasons. The children’s wish lists will be posted online, and sponsors will be able to make their adoption selections. Some of the specific items requested on wish lists will be added to the HHA Gifting Amazon Wish list so that sponsors who live outside of the OKC area can purchase items from the wish list to be mailed to FreeOK for delivery.
If you’re holding a toy drive or any other service event in your community or if you’d like to start volunteering, you should join Beyond Belief Network, a group of more than 80 local humanist groups putting their compassionate humanism to work in more than 35 states. Joining BBN will get your team access to members-only tips and event-planning assistance. Teams that submit minimum numbers of event reports get additional perks, such as t-shirts, awards, and grants. Let us help you show your community that atheists are good without gods.