I had lunch with another friend Sam ...she works for Licking County Children's Services and she helped me make another delivery to the outreach program that assists families in need of Christmas cheer and some gifts for the children. There halls were lined with big bags of wrapped presents already sorted and ready to deliver ...but the need is great. My friends at the deli ...this year we decided to not exchange gifts this season but to take the funds for gifts and play it forward...buy for someone we will never know. I delivered wooden puzzles and trains and wooden cars yesterday...but today I had numerous gift sets of Jewelry Kits for young ladies between 10 and 13 to make and design their own jewelry. This age is a difficult one...but the art set is an opportunity to give a creative outlet for the child and not have to worry about sizes or particular colors. I walked into the lunch room and discovered a dear young worker Kaitlin Riley...her mother would be so proud...working with the kindest heart to give the lives of families a better opportunity to make a go it during these difficult times. I felt her mother smiling down with pride...little miracles are happening every day even when you may feel all hope is lost. Art Saves Lives!
Abby brought in my 100 ornaments we will be decorating on Saturday for the family Christmas party...we have strung the bells with ribbons and now they were ready to complete with sparkles and jewels and snowflakes. It will be a busy day Saturday but I am looking forward to giving this family day celebration all the Joys of the season. We will have the polar Express movie showing...Christmas cookies to decorate... the ornament making station...a family photo opportunity and a visit from Santa! Plus the Works Deli is providing a delicious buffet of great foods...I remember going to my Dad's holiday party when he worked for Dupont in Louisville so now it is my time to play it... pay it...forward.
Then there was one more event ...a celebration of the YES club...Say YES to Glass exhibit and silent auction. Yes, I can honestly say I was tired but....Art Saves Lives and I needed to celebrate with these six beautiful individuals who studied and designed with Larry Tuber and Sean Everette. I was outbid on each of the glass works I had wanted to buy for gifts...but who cares... the six young artists were the best gift I could have hoped for. Congratulations : Stephani Barrett
Deasis White aka Ace
I really wanted that little green alien....next time...
Charles made this Pink Ribbon for Breast Cancer awareness...
a rare photograph of Jessica and her beloved brother.... look at those twinkling smiles.......