Celebrating for a Charity

Monday, December 6, 2010 |
This is my favorite part of the holidays. It involves bringing smiles to children. Many of them are in great need. Some are too young to understand this and others struggle with the pressure of knowing the financial needs of their family and all that it involves.

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{Photo is from my phone. It was very crowded and I caught the shoulder of a bidder in the process}
A few years ago, I was asked to join the Child and Family Agency. I was already heavily involved with other organizations and felt, at the time,  I couldn't take on any addition commitments. Something, within, pulled me to do a little research into the organization. I am SO glad I did this as it is a perfect fit to my outlooks and personality.

This weekend we had our yearly auxiliary Christmas celebration. There were basket raffles, cookie and candy, poinsettia, and book sales. The turnout was a record high and the sales outdid our wildest expectations.

Above is the baking basket I put together. It was filled to the rim with goodies to create family memories and delicious items for all to enjoy.

At the end of the night I was the lucky recipient of an incredible basket. Unfortunately, I can't share it with you as it will be part of my husband's Christmas gift. Every now and then he peeks in on my blog so I don't want to ruin his surprise.

What makes you smile this Christmas season?


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11 comments:

Kathy said...

It turned out beautifully, Jo. I'm sure it felt good to be a part of something meaningful during the holiday season. Good for you!

Hope you're having a great week!
~k.

Dee Stephens said...

Smile? Troops coming home to their families for the holidays.

JMW said...

What a great event and how fun that you won a basket! The excitement of my kids during the holidays make me smile. Every morning they get up looking for our Elf on a Shelf, Jack. When the Christmas tree went up, they were beside themselves. This is going to be a fun holiday season. :)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

YOur basket is beautiful,Jo. So full of lovely goodies! ANd how fun that you got one too!!!! Have fun surprising you r husband.
Yvonne

bevy said...

What makes me smile? Still reading from our basket of Christmas books o the boys. Oh... And of course decorating!

French Basketeer.com said...

Jo, what a wonderful event; in about 8 months, be sure to hit me up for some donations for next year's auction. xxoo~ A

Travelbugmom said...

Wow! You're good!

Rene said...

Well, I do hope that you have a bit of time every day to simply rest. With all that is going on, I wouldn't want you to get sick. If it helps though, I'm feeling a little frazzled myself. Here's to a weekend balanced with relaxation & productivity :)

-Rene

Privet and Holly said...

Oh, girl, it
will all come
together. I so
feel your stress.
It's a lot to
balance. Be
kind to yourself!!
xx Suzanne

lila said...

believe me, you are not the only one feeling the stress of this season!
Take it easy...try to enjoy Christmas not to get yourself killed because of it! ;)
hugs
lila

Pamela said...

What a special way to help celebrate the greatest gift--by giving of yourself. My husband and I are often involved with church programs, school programs, personal concerts, etc. When I read the post above I empathized. A few years ago we started the tradition of chosing one concert or play that we didn't have anything to do with--it's been a blessing to sit and soak in instead of fixing costumes, baking/cooking, providing music or anything else.

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