I’ve officially given up on the gingerbread house. Making them, that is – not that I’ve ever been a fan of eating them, after sitting out on our mantle gathering dust (and the occasional spider) for weeks – not that dry, molasses-heavy gingerbread designed for its structural integrity has ever been particularly known for its deliciousness. But this – this I can work with.
We’re making a different kind of edible treat this year – the folks at Rice Krispies reached out to ask if I’d help spread the word about their Treats for Toys program, which turns homemade treats into real toys for kids in need. This is a win-win scenario: I get a fun project to take on at the kitchen table with W (and any of his cousins and friends who might be over), working with a medium I can actually handle, and want to eat afterward. The idea is that if you transform marshmallowy Rice Krispie treat mixture into toy shapes – robots, cars, building blocks… we even came up with a top that actually spins, built around a chopstick and moulded in a plastic funnel – and share a photo on TreatsForToys.ca or through social media using the #TreatsForToys hashtag, Kellogg’s Rice Krispies will donate $20 (!!) to The Salvation Army to buy a real toy for a child who may otherwise go without. Now in its fifth year, the #TreatsforToys program has contributed more than $130,000 to date to make the holidays happier for kids across Canada.
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