The Season of Giving

I love the holiday season and all the tradition and the excitement in the air for what’s to come.

One of the events I look forward to most is the holiday sharing program that I volunteer for every year. It is in my hometown and has been run by my family for many years.

We help provide holiday cheer for area families. Each family receives the groceries necessary to cook a wonderful holiday dinner and then we also provide fun presents for the parents and kids. This year there were 37 local families that needed a little extra assistance to experience some additional holiday joy for the season.

The program requires a tremendous amount of coordination, many fun shopping trips to the stores, wrapping lots of gifts and checking the list twice to make sure it’s right.

The town where I grew up is a small country town where everyone knows your name. The people are hardworking, even though the times are tough they are always tremendously generous and we always have a little bit leftover just in case.

On December 20th, was the delivery day of the event. It started out at 8 am with me, my dad and my brother picking up the food at Wegman’s. Two carloads and a storage trailer later we were heading across the valley to unload and sort all the food. This process usually takes about 2 hours. We do it outside so all the food stays cold. It helps working in 20 degree temperatures. It keeps the food cold and the volunteers moving quickly! We then match up the food with the other gifts and toys and get ready for the families to arrive.

Then the fun starts at 10 am when the families come to pick up all the holiday cheer. It fills your heart with such joy to see all the wonderful smiles and seeing the holiday spirit at work.

The best gift you can give someone is a smile: it’s priceless.

Have a wonderful holiday season!

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