But I've been working around politicians so long that I can't help but
feel entitled to kudos for accomplishments that were not mine. So please
be tolerant while I bask in the glow of wholly undeserved glory.
While I am feeling so good about my non-accomplishment, I want to let
you know about another opportunity to help the Boys & Girls Club of
Burbank. The club is hosting a holiday party for the kids next week and
needs us to help by donating new gifts. You'll find there's nothing on
the list nearly as challenging as a 15-passenger van, and I urge you to
help if you can.
For boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 12, the club needs all
the popular action figures and dolls, Hot Wheels cars and related
equipment, and Legos. As parents of kids that age can tell you, the club
will also eagerly accept gifts in any way related to the Pokemon
For kids age 13 to 17, the club is taking the smart route. They're
asking for gift certificates to let kids buy their own tapes and CDs at
stores like Virgin Records and Sam Goody's. Movie passes for the local
theaters are another great idea. And because these are for teenagers,
gift certificates for clothes at Miller's Outpost, Target, Mervyn's and
Sears are requested.
As any teen can tell you, except for important staples the club asks
donate new - like t-shirts, shoes, socks, sweaters and jackets - DO NOT
BUYING CLOTHES FOR KIDS! YOU WILL DO IT WRONG!
Finally, the club also requests donated school supplies like folders,
backpacks, novelty pens and pencils.
When I try to promote wish lists like this one, realizing how basic
needs are always moves me. At least for now, there isn't a thing on this
list that my kids can't count on having when they need them, and I'll bet
most of you can say the same.
Just a few years ago some doubted we needed a Boys and Girls Club in
Burbank. Today the club has more than 700 kids as members. That many
attending the holiday party next week can't count on basics many of us
for granted reminds me of how lucky I have been. And while I know that no