Operation #TwinHillsSanta

twinhills Tis the season of giving. There is something about the fall changing to winter, the holiday spirit, and the ways in which we all realize that we are thankful that makes it easy to give to others. The kids, the ones that truly experience the feeling of miracles and fiction that is this holiday, the innocence that embodies their belief in Santa and the world as a wonderful optimistic place. During the holidays, how can you fail that spirit?

My answer. You just can’t.

One of the outlets that I have found over the last few years is writing on this blog. I have been offered so many opportunities as a result. And I have met an extraordinary number of people through it that share many of these feelings above.

My friend Colleen from Souffle Bombay approached a few of us a while ago asking if we wanted to adopt 21 children in a remote village in Twin Hills, Alaska and really MAKE their Christmas. Without hesitation the answer was yes and suddenly there were over 20 bloggers from PA, NJ, &DE and some of their collective contacts on board that wanted to help. This is the good that is there, in this world. #TwinHillsSanta began to take off.  

A friend (Dani) of Colleen’s took a position in the village teaching this year, Dani didn’t know what to expect when she packed up and moved from Pennsylvania, however she has already fallen in love with the people, their culture and Alaska.

She has 16 students ages 4-13 and the village has 5 additional kids under 4. There are no places for the 76 residents to work or shop, so they live simply.  They don’t have much.  As a matter of fact while discussing Christmas and Santa recently one day in school, one of the younger kids said simply “Santa doesn’t come to Alaska.”

Let that sink in for a second….

This year…these kids have one heck of a surprise in-store for them!!

We reached out to some of our contacts and I am so humbled and thrilled to share with you that they hopped right on board!

Lee Jeans is sending clothes to the kids, those kids are going to be so excited and well dressed!!

CVS Pharmacy is sending all kinds of personal products from toothbrushes to scrubbies and body washes, & shampoos to chapsticks, candy, small toys and much more!

Nuby USA jumped in to send the younger children sippy cups, infant and toddler toothbrushes & toothpaste, toys and fun feeding plates & utensils!

Tyrrells English Chips (who has the most fun website BTW)  sent cases of their crazy delicious chips – those kids are going to be happily crunching away with a new-to-them snack!

And speaking of snacks, Pretzel Crisps sent cases of their crazy-good pretzels – Boy are the kiddos in for a tasty treat! I see new fans just ahead!

Educational Insights was happy to send the kids learning games, reading games, puzzle toys and more.  These kids are going to be happy, busy and fine tuning their skills as they play!

Kind Snacks shipped some of their healthy AND tasty Kind Bars to the kids, those will get them pumped up and full of energy!

And DecoArt sent a bunch of craft supplies to the kids who I hear are LOVE making things and crafting any chance they get, they are going to be blown away!

How awesome are these 7 companies who said YES to pay-it-forward!  When stories like this reach my ears it makes me an even more loyal customer OR it makes me want to try/support a brand I am not familiar with!  Thank you all!

All of the bloggers involved made sure every kids will get a new pair of pajamas, hats, scarves, gloves and more!  Then additional friends, some bloggers and many not heard what was happening and either grabbed USPS flat rate boxes or hopped on Amazon to send stuff the kids way!

The kids and I chose to send some P.J.’s to Twin Hills. We picked out four pairs for a girl and three boys. Warm P.J.’s are something that we all take for granted I think.

I can’t wait to share more specifics, which I will do in January once I get the intel from Dani as to how it all went.  The pilot who flies in and out of Twin Hills with deliveries won’t know what hit him and neither will the post office!

Magic is in the air!!  When people come together…great things happen!

Thank you Lee Jeans, CVS Pharmacy, Nuby USA, Tyrrells English Crisps, Pretzel Crisps, Educational Insights, Kind Snacks and DecoArt for making THIS a very special Christmas for 21 children, who I know are going to be so very grateful!

About Lauryn Blakesley


A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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