By Sally Torbey
About this blog: About this blog: I have enjoyed parenting five children in Palo Alto for the past two decades and have opinions about everything to do with parenting kids (and dogs). The goal of my blog is to share the good times and discuss the ... (More)
About this blog: About this blog: I have enjoyed parenting five children in Palo Alto for the past two decades and have opinions about everything to do with parenting kids (and dogs). The goal of my blog is to share the good times and discuss the challenges of having a satisfying family life in a community where parents set a high bar for themselves, their children, and the schools and organizations that educate and socialize them. I grew up in the Midwest, attended a small liberal arts college on the East Coast and graduated from medical school in Chicago. I left a pediatric residency to care for our then infant son and spent the next dozen years contentedly gestating and lactating while having four more children. My husband grew up in the Middle East, came to the US for graduate school and works in high tech. Our eldest son graduated from a UC, and after working in the Middle East for a few years, now attends law school in NYC. Our eldest daughter graduated from a Midwestern Big Ten University and is a journalist in Texas. Our middle child studies engineering at a UC. The youngest two girls are in middle and high school in PAUSD. We are celebrating 20 years as PAUSD parents! I volunteer in the public schools, our church, and scouting. (Hide)
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This Sunday, Dec. 6th, from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm, the Shoebox Project
is hosting a wrapping party at the Eichler Swim and Tennis Club at 3539 Louis Road in Palo Alto and you are invited! Bring a shoebox (or two or three) filled with items to donate to a women’s shelter to brighten someone’s day during the holidays. Paper and ribbons are provided at the party for wrapping. Enjoy festive drinks and snacks while you wrap, and know that your box will be delivered to and enjoyed by someone who will appreciate the gifts and your generosity and care. Suggested items to fill your box include: socks, scarfs, personal care products, make up, nice pens and paper, hair accessories, gift cards, chocolate, gum and candies. Extra bulk items to donate to other boxes are very appreciated. Tweens and teens can be dropped off at the event. Please email [email protected]
Other fun family volunteer opportunities in our community can be found at the Family Holiday Helpers website
. Celebrate the holidays by making the days merrier for those in our community who are facing difficulties!