I most certainly was!
I have saved the best for last this week, obviously because I am an 80’s baby! Anyone else who was born in the 80’s knows that pride I feel when I think about all the insanely cool, and occasionally useless but still fun, things that were popular during the decade. Some of the things closest to my heart were the toys I played with as a youngster. My extensive toy collection included but was not limited to; Cabbage Patch dolls, Glo Worms, Popples, My Little Ponies, Etch-a-Sketch, Lite Brite, Simon Says, Pound Puppies, and the very collectable Teddy Ruxpin. Don’t get it twisted though, I had my fair share of electronic toys as well. The original Nintendo Entertainment System, better known as NES, was a prized possession of mine along with the Super Mario Brothers game it came with. Slap on the bracelets and tease up that perm cause we’re about to thank our lucky stars for the “greighties”!
Look at that happy face!
Most people automatically think of Christmas when they think about giving toys to children, but what about all their little birthdays? Luckily the smart people of Cheerful Giving know how important birthday presents are to children who would normally not receive a gift. Since CG began in 1994 they have given over 414,000 birthday gift bags to food pantries and shelters. My favorite part of this charity is that they don’t actually give the gift bags to the children. You may be confused but stick with me. CG actually gives the gift bags to the parents who are living in poverty, so they are able to give their child a birthday present. They believe that this simple little action boosts self-esteem, enhances self-worth, and strengthens family bonds, and I’d tend to agree with them. Even though I don’t have any children at the moment, I can imagine how my heart would break if I couldn’t buy them a birthday present because of my financial situation. No parent or child deserves to feel like that. You know what else parents and children never deserve? Stupid cancer! Zac Efron and some other pretty famous sports starts used their video gaming skills to help raise money for several charities earlier this year, including I’m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation. iy as they call themselves, was founded by and for young adults, ages 15-40, affected by cancer. Their vision and goal is simple; save more lives and make sure that no survivors are left alone. iy empowers young people by building a strong community, improving their quality of life, as well as providing meaningful surviorship. They’re also just really cool. Named TIME Magazine Best 50 Websites, the Washington Post raves that “they provide a unparallelled resource for patients in their teens, 20s, and 30s.” Us 80’s babies gotta stick together and kick cancer’s butt!
Cheerful Givers Donation
I’m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation Donation
So here’s to you 1980’s! I love everything about you. The music, the movies, the television shows, and especially the toys! You showed us how to literally be business in the front and party in the back with the greatest hairstyle of all time, the mullet. You were so popular you’re even making a comeback now with your leg warmers and side ponytails. Actually, let’s not call it comeback, because you’re been here for years!
Just a few of my homies...